NBA All-Star Saturday Odds: Klay Thompson, Aaron Gordon Among Favorites


Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson equaled teammate Stephen Curry’s NBA All-Star weekend record a year ago by tallying 27 final-round points to emerge as the 3-Point Contest champion. Thompson enters this year’s competition as a strong +110 betting favorite to successfully defend his title at sportsbooks monitored by

Thompson’s performance at last season’s event was an indicator of his performance down the stretch, with the five-year veteran connecting on at least five 3-pointers in 11 regular-season games after his contest victory.

The Warriors star now appears to be ready to defend his crown at Saturday night’s 3-Point Contest at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans after closing out the unofficial first half of the campaign with seven buckets from beyond the arc in Golden State’s 109-86 rout of the Sacramento Kings as 18 1/2-point home favorites Wednesday.

Thompson has also hit for six or more 3-pointers in four of his past seven outings, lifting him to fifth in the NBA this season with 182 total 3-point field goals made. He will face stiff competition from 2013 3-Point Contest winner Kyrie Irving, who closely trails on the props at +400.

Irving was a Warrior slayer in last season’s NBA Finals, averaging 27.1 points per game in the Cavaliers’ seven-game series victory over Golden State, but he has drained more than four 3-pointers just once in his past 12 games.

Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum finished a distant seventh in last year’s competition, but sits as a +800 bet to claim this year’s contest title. A trio of shooters then are deadlocked at +900 on the 3-Point Contest odds, including Kyle Lowry, Eric Gordon and Nick Young, while Kemba Walker and Wes Matthews sit at a distant +1100.

Two-time defending champion Zach LaVine is sidelined by injury for the remainder of the season, so this year’s NBA Slam Dunk Contest will crown a new winner. Orlando Magic power forward Aaron Gordon leads the way as the -155 favorite.

Gordon fell short in his duel with LaVine a year ago, and recently returned from a foot injury, but is expected to be fine to compete Saturday night.

Earlier this week, Phoenix forward Derrick Jones Jr. gave fans a taste of what to expect in Saturday’s contest with a trio of highlight-reel dunks in the Suns’ 137-101 win over the Los Angeles Lakers as 4 1/2-point home chalk on the NBA betting lines. Jones sports strong +130 odds, while Deandre Jordan sits at +800, followed by Glenn Robinson III at +900.

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