On Sunday evening, some of the best perimeter shooters in the NBA will take part in the 2021 NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest. The league's annual 3-Point Contest is moving from All-Star Saturday to All-Star Sunday, and it will precede the 2021 NBA All-Star Game itself. The 3-Point Contest will be held directly after the Skills Challenge, which is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET. The six participants that will be competing in the 2021 NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest include Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine, Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley. Jayson Tatum and former champion Stephen Curry.
William Hill lists Curry as the betting favorite at +175. LaVine is going off at +400 odds, and Conley (+500), Mitchell (+550), Tatum (+700) and Brown (+850) round out the field. Before locking in any 2021 NBA 3-Point Contest picks, be sure to see the NBA All-Star Sunday predictions from SportsLine NBA guru Mike Barner.
Barner is a respected NBA Fantasy expert, both season-long and DFS, whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated and on Yahoo, RotoWire and KFFL. He has also been featured on ESPN Radio. He digs deep into the data, examining team trends and projecting game outcomes.
With his unmatched analysis, Barner spots opportunities in a unique way. Barner's expertise has been on full display lately. He is on a 35-23 run in against-the-spread NBA picks, returning over $950 to $100 players. Now he has zeroed in on Sunday's NBA 3-Point Contest 2021. He's only revealing his pick here.
2021 NBA 3-Point Contest predictions
One surprise: Barner is fading Conley. Conley replaces Devin Booker in both the All-Star Game and the 3-Point Contest field, and it is a tremendous story. The first-time All-Star selection was widely considered the best active player to never earn a bid to the game, and Conley's play in 2020-21 has been tremendous.
With that said, he has a quick turnaround to get to Atlanta, and Conley wasn't expecting to be in the game, much less the 3-Point Contest. As such, there is little chance that he can prepare for the unique situation of shooting off a rack as the contest requires, and Conley's 2020-21 3-point shooting efficiency outpaces his career marks.
He is being priced as if he is the kind of marksman worthy of his 42 percent 3-point clip this season but, when considering the unexpected nature of his trip, previous baseline and the history that small guards struggle in the 3-Point Contest, there isn't much value in his number.
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Barner's top pick is a 3-point marksman who is "having another masterful season behind the arc." He's also high on a long shot who should be highly-motivated in this setting. You can only see who to back at SportsLine.
Who wins the NBA 3-Point Contest 2021? And which long shot should you back? Visit SportsLine now to get Mike Barner's pick for the NBA 3-Point Contest, all from the expert on an impressive 35-23 run on NBA picks, and find out.
2021 NBA 3-Point Contest odds (via William Hill)
Steph Curry +125
Zach LaVine +400
Mike Conley +500
Donovan Mitchell +550
Jayson Tatum +700
Jaylen Brown +850