Luka Doncic and Chris Paul headline the 2021 NBA All-Star Skills Challenge field. The two All-Star guards don't stand alone, however, with three additional All-Stars in the field including Julius Randle, Nikola Vucevic and Domantas Sabonis. Robert Covington also joins the field, and the competition will take place before the 2021 NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta. State Farm Arena will host Sunday night's proceedings, which are set to get underway at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Doncic is the favorite to claim victory, with William Hill Sportsbook listing his odds at +225 in the 2021 NBA All-Star Skills Challenge. Meanwhile, Paul is +250 to win, with Sabonis at +500, Vucevic and Randle at +550, and Covington at +600. Before locking in any 2021 NBA Skills Challenge picks, be sure to see the All-Star Sunday predictions from SportsLine's elite NBA handicapper, 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 against the spread as well as on totals. 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 Skills Challenge 2021. He's revealing his pick for the event right here.
Top 2021 NBA Skills Challenge predictions
One surprise: Barner is fading Sabonis. The Skills Challenge is often difficult to handicap, which lends itself to observers choosing familiarity. That is the case again in 2021, with Sabonis getting respect in the betting market. Sabonis finished second in the field last season, losing to Bam Adebayo, and he is priced as the third favorite this time.
While he is capable of winning, Sabonis is not an explosive athlete, which could limit him in the speed-based drills. From there, big men are likely at an inherent disadvantage, and Sabonis has the lowest price of any frontcourt player in the field. Plus, Sabonis is only a career 32.4 percent shooter from long distance and is knocking down 33.3 percent this season. He is also averaging 3.4 turnovers per game this season. There are far better values for 2021 NBA Skills Challenge bets.
How to make 2021 NBA Skills Challenge picks
Barner's pick to win is "one of the most skilled players in the league," and he's also found a trend that leads to value on one of the event's long shots. You can only see his picks over at SportsLine.
Who wins the NBA Skills Challenge 2021? And which long shot should you back? Visit SportsLine now to get Mike Barner's pick for the 2021 NBA Skills Challenge, all from the expert on an impressive run with his NBA picks, and find out.
2021 NBA Skills Challenge odds (via William Hill)
Luka Doncic +225
Chris Paul +250
Domantas Sabonis +500
Julius Randle +550
Nikola Vucevic +550
Robert Covington +600