NBA All-Star Saturday 2019 odds, picks: Skills Challenge predictions from proven expert

With the NBA featuring more on-the-ball talent up and down lineups than ever before, the 2019 NBA Skills Challenge on Saturday night figures to be an entertaining event. It's not just a competition for guards anymore, as forwards like Jayson Tatum and Kyle Kuzma and even centers Nikola Vucevic and Nikola Jokic look to prove they can handle and pass it with the best of them. That being said, the self-proclaimed fastest player in the NBA, De'Aaron Fox, is the betting favorite at +250 with talented rookies Luka Doncic and Trae Young just behind him at +325 in the latest 2019 NBA Skills Challenge odds. However, before All-Star Saturday Night tips off, be sure to check out the 2019 NBA Challenge picks and predictions from proven NBA 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, while watching as many games as possible to gain an edge.

With his unmatched analysis and 24-7 dedication, Barner spots opportunities against the spread as well as on totals. Barner's expertise has been on full display lately -- he has hit on 29 of his past 41 NBA picks, a massive 71 percent win rate that has brought in nearly $1,600 to $100 players in a short amount of time. That payout doesn't include the 6-1 parlay he nailed by hitting all three of his best bets for SportsLine members on Monday.  

Now, he has zeroed in on the NBA All-Star Weekend and Saturday's Skills Challenge. He's revealing his pick for the event over at SportsLine. 

One of the entrants he's fading: Hawks rookie Trae Young. Young is quick, has a lightning-fast release on his shot and is an innovative passer, but this is an event that has gotten away from true point guards in recent years. Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis and combo-guard Spencer Dinwiddie won in the last three years, and over half this field is 6-foot-7 or taller now.

The former Oklahoma star is averaging 3.9 turnovers per game and only shoots it 31.2 percent from beyond the arc. In an event that favors precision with the basketball and requires you to make a jump shot, there are better options than Young available.

Barner has scoured the lineup of participants and uncovered a key intangible that he believes will be the x-factor for one contestant to emerge as the 2019 NBA Skills Challenge champion.

Who wins the NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge? And what is the x-factor that puts him over the top? Visit SportsLine now to get Mike Barner's pick for the NBA Skills Challenge, all from the NBA expert hitting on an astonishing 71 percent of his NBA picks, and find out. 

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