Feb 11, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) gets defended by Detroit Pistons guard Cory Joseph (18) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
The NBA Rising Stars Challenge is set for Friday night in Cleveland
A total of 28 players will partake in the event
Find the odds, preview, and pick for the tournament below
NBA All-Star weekend officially kicks off on Friday night with the 2022 Rising Stars Challenge.
This year’s tournament will have a slightly different format, with a total of 28 players being picked by coaches Gary Payton, Isiah Thomas, James Worthy, and Rick Barry. Twelve rookies, 12 sophomores, and four members of the G-League Ignite squad have been selected.
Three games in total will be played to a final score of 75 to celebrate the league’s 75th anniversary. Games 1 and 2 will go until a team reaches 50 points, while the third ends when the first squad hits 25.
NBA Rising Stars Challenge 2022 Odds
Odds as of February 17th at FanDuel
Before we get into each roster, here is the bracket:
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Team Isiah, Team Barry Headlining The Pack
Isiah Thomas’s group currently has the best odds to win at +160, which is no surprise. Their roster is jam-packed with serious talent. Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards and newly-acquired Indiana Pacers playmaker Tyrese Haliburton are two of the standout names.
Edwards is in the midst of a fantastic season for the seventh-place Wolves, averaging 21.9 points, 4.8 boards, and 3.6 assists per night. The former first overall pick is one of the most cold-blooded young scorers in the Association and will surely be ready to ball out on Friday.
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As for Haliburton, the Sacramento Kings just traded him to the Pacers in a shocking deadline move. He’s an electrifying offensive player who can impact the game in so many ways, particularly when it comes to getting his teammates involved.
Expect him to be dishing dimes here. Other players to watch on this roster are Memphis Grizzlies sophomore guard Desmond Bane, who is a lethal three-point shooter, Saddiq Bey, and Precious Achiuwa.
Team Barry is no pushover, either. Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley are the big names on the roster, with the latter currently leading the 2022 NBA Rookie of the Year odds. Mobley is a huge reason the Cleveland Cavaliers are right in the playoff mix as he’s formed an unstoppable frontcourt partnership with fellow big man Jarrett Allen.
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Cunningham, meanwhile, missed the start of the season, but the No. 1 pick in the 2021 Draft has shown well for the lowly Pistons. In 44 games, he’s displayed a versatile skillset, averaging 15.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.2 assists.
Orlando Magic rookie Franz Wagner and Houston Rockets center Alperen Sengun should make some noise as well.
LaMelo Ball Leads Team Payton
2021 Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball is the name that lights up on Team Payton. The Charlotte Hornets star has really taken a step up in Year 2, posting averages of 20.2 points, seven rebounds, and 7.4 dimes per contest.
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He will have another very exciting young player beside him in Scottie Barnes of the Toronto Raptors, who is a regular starter for Nick Nurse’s group and a beast in the paint. Other notable players on this roster are Jonathan Kuminga and Ayo Dosunmu.
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Team Worthy a Dark Horse?
James Worthy’s team actually has some intriguing talent, despite having the worst odds to win. Magic duo Jalen Suggs and Cole Anthony will play together, which is certainly a benefit because of the chemistry they already have.
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Houston Rockets rookie Jalen Green will also be ready to create some havoc and is already showcasing his outstanding athleticism on a nightly basis down in Texas.
Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey and Aussie Josh Giddey of the Thunder are also two players to keep an eye on. The backcourt duo are tremendous facilitators who already have pretty big roles with their respective teams.
Rising Stars Prediction
This is a tough pick. While there’s a lot of talent sprinkled among all the rosters, it’s understandable why Team Isiah is the favorite.
With a trio of Edwards, Bane, and Haliburton, while possessing two imposing bigs in Isaiah Stewart and Achiuwa, they’re the full package. I believe you’ll see them beat Mobley and Team Barry in the final.
Pick: Team Isiah (+170)