The current stars of the NBA will be on display on Sunday in Cleveland. The 2022 NBA All-Star Game arrives to great fanfare but, before the big game and a Saturday night slate that features the Slam Dunk Contest and 3-Point Contest, the young standouts of the league take the stage on Friday. The 2022 Rising Stars Challenge features a new format of three games and four teams, with only one emerging victorious. The teams are led by NBA legends in James Worthy, Rick Barry, Gary Payton and Isiah Thomas.

The Rising Stars Challenge is set for 9 p.m. ET on Friday in Cleveland. Team Isiah is the betting favorite at +170 (risk $100 to win $170) in the 2022 Rising Stars Challenge odds. Team Barry is +260, with Team Payton listed at +300 and Team Worthy sitting at +350. Before making any 2022 Rising Stars Challenge picks, be sure to check out the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend predictions from SportsLine expert 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 an amazing 85-67-2 run in against-the-spread NBA picks, returning over $1,100 to $100 players. He also has an incredible feel for NBA All-Star Weekend. In 2021, Barner called the winner of the 3-point Contest, the Dunk Contest and hit both the spread and over-under in the All-Star Game itself. Anybody who followed his picks saw some huge returns. 

Now, he has analyzed the 2022 Rising Stars Challenge lineup from all angles, and just locked in his coveted picks and predictions. He is only sharing his NBA picks and analysis at SportsLine.

2022 NBA Rising Stars Challenge format

The NBA has taken a different approach to the Rising Stars Challenge for its 2022 All-Star Weekend. This year, it will be a mini-tournament between the four teams. Three games will be played to a Final Target Score, which will be a "Race to 75" to celebrate the league's 75th anniversary. The first two games will be played until a team reaches 50 points, while the third game will be played until a team reaches 25 points.

Top 2022 NBA Rising Stars Challenge predictions

Team Isiah is the solid betting favorite, perhaps due to the name recognition and talent of the team's top two players in Anthony Edwards and Tyrese Haliburton. It is certainly the case that Edwards and Haliburton are in the top tier of available players in the tournament, but this is a guard-heavy group of young prospects and each team has firepower. 

From there, the format produces uncertainty in its first year, and Barner simply sees better value down the board. Team Isiah's big men are not the best in the field, and price is always of real consideration when evaluating any event. Other teams may have trouble defending Team Isiah, but the defense could harm the favorites as well.

How to make 2022 NBA Rising Stars Challenge picks

Barner has identified a critical x-factor that makes one team a must-back on Friday. Barner says there is "no trio as versatile" as the top three players on the roster, putting them in position to return huge value. You can only see which team you should back in the 2022 NBA Rising Stars Challenge at SportsLine.

Who wins the 2022 NBA Rising Stars Challenge? And what critical X-factor makes one team a must-back? Visit SportsLine right now to see which team you should be backing on Friday, all from the SportsLine expert who crushed his All-Star Weekend picks last year, and find out.

2022 Rising Stars Challenge Odds and Rosters 

Precious Achiuwa, Toronto Raptors
Desmond Bane, Memphis Grizzlies
Saddiq Bey, Detroit Pistons
Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves
Tyrese Haliburton, Sacramento Kings
Jaden Hardy, G League Ignite
Isaiah Stewart, Detroit Pistons

Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons
Dyson Daniels, G League Ignite
Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers
Isaac Okoro, Cleveland Cavaliers
Alperen Sengun, Houston Rockets
Jae'Sean Tate, Houston Rockets
Franz Wagner, Orlando Magic

LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets
Scottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors
Ayo Dosunmu, Chicago Bulls
Chris Duarte, Indiana Pacers (Injured, will not play)
Scoot Henderson, G League Ignite
Jonathan Kuminga, Golden State Warriors (Injury replacement for Duarte)
Jaden McDaniels, Minnesota Timberwolves
Davion Mitchell, Sacramento Kings

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic
MarJon Beauchamp, G League Ignite
Josh Giddey, Oklahoma City Thunder
Jalen Green, Houston Rockets
Herbert Jones, New Orleans Pelicans
Tyrese Maxey, Philadelphia 76ers
Jalen Suggs, Orlando Magic