Welcome, to the Judge’s Verdict. Yesterday, we nailed the Jokic pick but didn’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 tonight’s slate.
Note: The numbers in parenthesis refer to the salaries of that particular player. The first number is the FanDuel (“FD”) salary, while the second number is the DraftKings (“DK”) salary.
De’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. Booker’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 Kings’ 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.