Welcome, to the Judgeâ€™s Verdict. Yesterday, we nailed the Jokic pick but didnâ€™t get the breakout games we needed from Prince and Vonleh. Tonight, we have a five-game tricky NBA slate with some of the teams we loathe like Miami and Indiana. J-Rich and Tyreke are just constant trolls in our lives.
Here are some of my top tournament plays for tonightâ€™s slate.
Note: The numbers in parenthesis refer to the salaries of that particular player. The first number is the FanDuel (â€śFDâ€ť) salary, while the second number is the DraftKings (â€śDKâ€ť) salary.
Deâ€™Aaron Fox (7.5, 7.9)
Fox has become one of my favorite players to watch in the NBA this year, and tonight he faces a Phoenix team (without Devin Booker) that ranks third-worst in the NBA in defensive efficiency. Bookerâ€™s replacement, Elie Okobo, will be one of the highest owned players on the slate, and I like both Okobo and Fox in this matchup. Fox got off to a blazing start this year and has cooled slightly since Bogdanovic rejoined the rotation. Bogdan hurts all of the Kingsâ€™ backcourt players because he has the ability to handle the ball and dictate offense for long stretches of games. However, lately, I have been encouraged with the Fox/Bogdan lineup together, and Buddy appears to be the odd man out on most nights. Fox is still seeing well over 30 minutes a night and averaging 13 points, six assists, three rebounds, three steals, and one block in the last week. Against a Phoenix team that turns the ball over at one of the highest rates in the league, Fox should feast tonight.