NBA H-O-R-S-E Challenge Takes Center Stage in the Basketball Universe
Get ready for some basketball action with current and past stars from the NBA and WNBA. The NBA and ESPN have finalized plans to televise a HORSE shooting competition, featuring NBA stars Chris Paul, Trae Young and Zach LaVine of Chicago as well as women’s roundball Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings and a few other recently retired NBA alumni throwing down in a single-elimination format.
Young will face off against Chauncey Billups while Catchings takes on Utah jazz point guard Mike Conley. LaVine will do battle against former Boston Celtics superstar Paul Pierce while CP3 takes on Allie Quigley of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky. Title sponsor State Farm will donate more than $200,000 in support of coronavirus response efforts.
Odds FOR/AGAINST Winning NBA Horse Challenge
- Trae Young +305/-425
- Chris Paul +305/-425
- Zach LaVine +355/-535
- Mike Conley Jr. +460/-780
- Paul Pierce +800/-1700
- Chauncey Billups +850/-1750
- Allie Quigley +1100/-2300
- Tamika Catchings +1250/-2750
Young put up a stellar 29.6 points per game this season in just his second year in the NBA. All I can say is that if Young faces an opponent that can’t consistently make shots from long range, then this tournament is an absolute wrap!
The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard and future Hall of Famer has put up 17.7 points per game this season while owning a career average of 18.5 points and 9.5 assists per game. The aptly-named CP3 is sneaky good from behind the arc, as he owns a career 37.0 percent shooting mark from downtown.
The Bulls shooting guard is averaging a career-high 25.5 points per game this season. You may already know that LaVine is one of basketball’s best high-flying dunkers. What you may not know is that he also drained 38.0 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. If dunks are allowed, LaVine will easily win, but since I suspect they won’t be, he’ll have his work cut out.
Mike Conley Jr.
The Utah Jazz point guard has career averages of 14.8 points and 37.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The heady and gifted lefty could surprise!
P Squared as he is appropriately known as, put up 19.7 points per game in his career while shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from distance. I’m expecting him to pull off a couple of ‘old guy’ Horse shots in this fun-filled affair.
The former NBA champion retired with career averages of 15.2 points and 5.4 assists per game while shooting a modest 41.5 percent from the field. However, Billups, who was once called ‘Mr. Big Shot’ for his propensity for draining timely ‘big shots’ looks like a player that could challenge for the win, even if he hasn’t suited up since hanging up his sneakers following the 2013-14 NBA season.
The Chicago Sky point guard is a three-time all-star that has put up 10.3 points per game while shooting a blistering 39.9 percent from beyond the arc. Could Quigley pull off an upset by hitting consistently from deep? I think so!
Former Tennessee and Indiana Fever superstar might be in the Hall of Fame following her 2016 retirement from the game, but she put up a healthy 16.1 points and 7.3 boards per game during her fine career. Catchings is a long shot though that owns a career 41.5 percent shooting mark from the field and 35.5 percent mark from downtown.