- Portland Trailblazers guard Damian Lillard injured his groin down the end of a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
- Lillard had been on an unprecedented scoring run prior to the injury, and was selected as an All-Star as well as a participant in the three-point shooting contest over All-Star Weekend.
- At the time of writing, some sportsbooks have not responded to the news, and Lillard is still listed as a participant in the contest.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Trailblazers star Damian Lillard suffered a groin injury in a tough loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Lillard is scheduled for an MRI on Thursday, February 13, 2020 causing him to miss All-star weekend and opening up the field in terms of NBA Three-point Contest odds.
Damian Lillard injured his groin late in Portland’s loss in Memphis. Terry Stotts said Lillard will get a MRI tomorrow. Called it a right groin strain.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) February 13, 2020
Lillard’s injury comes close to the All-Star break, so in a sense this is good timing – Lillard might miss less actual game time getting hurt now then later.
However, there are some repercussions when a player of this caliber gets hurt. Lillard was set to compete in not just the All-Star Game, but also the three-point contest. Those betting on the NBA this season have seen Lillard sink threes all season in the most improbable of ways.
In addition, he was set to give a performance on Saturday under his rap alias, Dame D.O.L.L.A.
However, for sports bettors, there is opportunity here.
NBA Three Point Contest Odds
Lillard has announced that he will not compete in the three point contest, or the All-Star Game, and has suggested someone like Devin Booker take his place in the two events.
Damian Lillard says he will not compete in All-Star game or 3 pt. Contest because of groin injury. Says he hopes somebody deserving like Devin Booker replaces him.
— Jason Quick (@jwquick) February 13, 2020
Right now, on online sportsbooks like Bovada, the odds still include Lillard as if he is participating. This could be an excellent time to get in on some of his competitors, who are likely to have shorter odds if the dangerous Lillard, who was one of the favorites to win the competition, is removed.
NBA Three Point Contest Odds From Bovada
NBA Three Point Winner
- Duncan Robinson +375
- Trae Young +400
- Damian Lillard +400
- Davis Bertans +400
- Joe Harris +400
- Buddy Hield +600
- Zach LaVine +1200
- Devonte' Graham +1200
Now, keep in mind that Booker is a dangerous three point shooter in his own right, should he be selected to replace Lillard, but Lillard is a truly special player from deep, and removing him from the contest should be a serious boon to any of the people who were set to compete against him.
The sports media have not yet received word on whether or not this will affect Dame D.O.L.L.A’s ability to perform at his show on Saturday.