Twenty-eight of the NBA’s best young players are ready for a showcase opportunity. The NBA All-Star Game is Sunday, but the full weekend of activities opens Friday with the Rising Stars Challenge 2022. This year’s edition involves big changes, including a four-team tournament featuring legendary coaches. Rick Barry, Isiah Thomas, James Worthy and Gary Payton will lead their squads, with only one team winning the title after three games.
The Rising Stars Challenge 2022 is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland. Team Isiah is the betting favorite at +170 (risk $100 to win $170) on the Rising Stars Challenge 2022 odds. Team Barry is +260 to win the crown, with Team Payton coming in at +300 and Team Worthy sitting at +350. Before making any Rising Stars Challenge 2022 picks, be sure to check out the NBA All-Star Weekend 2022 predictions from SportsLine expert Mike Barner.
Barner is a respected NBA Fantasy expert, both in-season and DFS, whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated and on Yahoo, RotoWire and KFFL. He has also appeared on ESPN Radio. He thoroughly analyzes data, examining team trends and projecting game results. With his unmatched analysis, Barner spots opportunities in a unique way.
Barner’s expertise has been on display lately. He is riding an incredible 85-67-2 streak in NBA picks against the spread, returning over $1,100 on $100 players. He also has an incredible feel for NBA All-Star weekend. In 2021, Barner guessed the winner of the 3-point contest, the slam dunk contest and guessed both the spread and the over-under on the All-Star Game itself. Anyone who followed his predictions saw tremendous returns.
Now, he has analyzed the 2022 Rising Stars Challenge lineup from every angle, and has just locked down his coveted picks and predictions. He only shares his NBA picks and analysis on SportsLine.
NBA Rising Stars Challenge 2022 format.
The NBA has taken a different approach to the Rising Stars Challenge for its 2022 All-Star Weekend. This year, it will be a mini-tournament between the four teams. Three games will be played to a final target score, which will be a “Race to 75” to celebrate the league’s 75th anniversary. The first two games will be played until one team reaches 50 points, while the third game will be played until one team reaches 25 points.
NBA Rising Stars Challenge 2022 Top Predictions
A surprise: There is a great deal of uncertainty with any tournament that branches into a new format. That said, Barner starts as the favorite. Team Isiah might have the best talent in the Rising Stars Challenge, led by Tyrese Haliburton and Anthony Edwards, but they have potential weaknesses and the value lies elsewhere in Barner’s eyes.
Team Isiah does not have the best group of big men, including the questionable inclusion of Precious Achiuwa in the event, with a 46% true shooting mark. Plus, there’s the possibility that Edwards and Haliburton could face motivational issues as they could be close to the All-Star conversation. More than anything, it’s a value proposition, and Barner prefers another option.
How to make picks for the 2022 NBA Rising Stars Challenge.
Barner has identified a team that is a must-win on Friday. Barner says there is “no trio as versatile” as the top three players on the list, which puts them in position to return value. You can just see who it is, and which team you should back in the NBA 2022 Rising Stars Challenge on SportsLine.