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2022 WNBA All-Star Saturday predictions, participants: Proven experts reveal picks for 3-Point Contest

Sky guard Allie Quigley can add to her record number of WNBA 3-Point Contest victories when she battles five others in the 2022 WNBA 3-Point Contest on All-Star Saturday in Chicago. The 36-year-old Quigley, who was born in nearby Joliet and attended DePaul, has won three of the last four contests (2017, ’18 and ’21). No other player has won the 3-Point Contest more than once. Kelsey Plum (Aces), Ariel Atkins (Mystics), Rhyne Howard (Dream), Jewell Loyd (Storm) and Arike Ogunbowale (Wings) also are scheduled to compete. 

Meanwhile the Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu headlines the field for the 2022 WNBA Skills Challenge, which also features Howard, Plum, Jonquel Jones (Sun), Courtney Vandersloot (Sky), Jackie Young (Aces), NaLyssa Smith (Fever) and Azura Stevens (Sky). WNBA All-Star Saturday 2022 begins at 3 p.m. ET. Before making any 2022 WNBA 3-Point Contest picks, you need to see what women’s basketball experts Calvin Wetzel and Aaron Barzilai are saying.

Barzilai is a Ph.D. from Stanford who served as Director of Basketball Analytics for the Philadelphia 76ers. Five years ago, he founded — a groundbreaking website that unlocks insights about the women’s game. Wetzel, the site’s lead betting writer, incorporates his mathematical background and strong knowledge of women’s hoops to turn the site’s prediction model into picks.

Now, Barzilai and Wetzel have turned their attention to the WNBA after going 590-430 overall (+127.40 units, +13.6 percent) during the 2021-22 women’s college basketball season. Anyone who has followed them has seen huge returns.

Wetzel and Barzilai have scoured the fields and broken down the 3-Point Contest. Head to SportsLine to see the picks.

Top WNBA All-Star Saturday picks

Wetzel and Barzilai, who went through the fields of both the 3-Point Contest and Skills Challenge, don’t like the chances of Aces guard Kelsey Plum in the 3-Point Contest. The 5-foot-8 Plum leads the league in 3-pointers made per game (3.2). She also ranks sixth in the WNBA in 3-point field goal percentage (42.0), the best of the six competitors in the field.

However, Plum does not have the advantage of previous experience in the 3-Point Contest; this will be her first time in the event. Meanwhile Quigley has been in the event four times before, and Loyd twice.

How to make WNBA All-Star picks for Saturday

Barzilai and Wetzel top choice for the 3-Point Contest is a player whom they call the “one to beat.” You can see their WNBA picks and best bets only at SportsLine.

So who wins the 3-Point Contest? Visit SportsLine right now to find out which WNBA pick you should be all over on Saturday, all from the experts who know the women’s game inside and out.

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