Basketball purists love the NBA Skills Challenge, and it's here again as part of All-Star Weekend from Feb. 15-17 in Charlotte. The competition is set for Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
The Taco Bell Skills Challenge features the game's most versatile players. The participants are Mike Conley, Luka Doncic, De'Aaron Fox, Nikola Jokic, Kyle Kuzma, Jayson Tatum, Trea Young and Nikola Vucevic.
Before you make your Skills Challenge picks, you'll want to see what streaking NBA expert Mike Barner has to say. He's on an amazing 28-10 run with his recent NBA picks.
A respected NBA Fantasy expert, both season-long and daily, Barner's work has appeared in Sports Illustrated and on Yahoo, RotoWire and KFFL. He's also been featured on ESPN Radio. Barner digs deep into the data, examining team trends and projecting game outcomes.
Barner's expertise has been on full display lately: Over his last 41 picks, Barner has cashed at a massive 71 percent win rate that's returned nearly $1,600 to $100 players. That profit doesn't include the hefty 6-1 parlay he nailed by hitting all three of his best bets for Monday.
Now he has analyzed the Skills Challenge from all angles and is delivering his picks for SportsLine. We can tell you that Barner is not going with Trae Young, the Atlanta Hawks rookie who is one of the favorites in this event.
Instead, Barner is revealing an intangible x-factor that will determine the winner of the Skills Challenge. You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before locking in any picks of your own.
So who wins the Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend? And what hidden X-factor makes one player a must-back? ... Join SportsLine right now to get Saturday's Skills Challenge pick, all from the SportsLine expert on a massive 29-12 NBA run!