Damian Lillard’s right groin strain has shaken up the NBA 3-point contest.
Lillard was injured in the second half of Portland’s loss to Memphis on Wednesday night. The sharpshooter will be replaced by Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker in the NBA All-Star Game and 3-point contest.
The absence of Lillard changes the odds for the 3-point contest. He opened at +333 to win the event at Bovada, which gave him the second-shortest odds of any player in the field.
Caesars Sportsbook in Las Vegas posted updated odds for the competition on Thursday morning. Atlanta’s Trae Young, who opened as a +275 ‘chalk’ at Bovada, is now a co-favorite with Booker at +400.
Booker will be playing in his first All-Star Game, but he has participated in the 3-point contest three other times. He won the event in 2018, while also competing as a finalist in 2016. Booker did not make it out of the first round in 2019, despite totaling 23 points.
Brooklyn’s Joe Harris is listed at 9/2 odds (or +450) after winning the event last season. He was a surprise winner, taking out Steph Curry in the finals. Harris had the fifth-shortest odds at 6/1.
Zach Lavine, Davis Bertans and Duncan Robinson are all listed at 5/1. Buddy Hield (6/1) and Devonte Graham (10/1) round out the field of eight, which is less than last year’s field of 10.
There is also a new concept at play in this year’s contest — there will be an additional shot from each wing that is worth three points. Those shots are from six feet beyond the arc. Contestants are receiving an additional 10 seconds to complete all the shots.
Curry was a +150 ‘chalk’ last year, so this year’s field is more enticing to bettors. Booker was +550 when he won the event in 2018.