Welcome, to the Judge’s Verdict. We have only a five-game NBA slate tonight, and the Knicks appear to be similar to the Mavs of last night. All year long, Coach Fiz has been insane with his rotation, so be sure to be smart with your bankroll tonight.
Here are some of my top tournament plays for tonight’s NBA 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.
Jevon Carter (3.5, 3.2)
All day I have heard talk of Kadeem Allen as a chalk play tonight for the Knicks. The Knicks do not really have a point guard due to injuries/trades, so they called up a G-League player in Allen to probably get the start tonight. However, no one truly knows how his game will translate in the NBA. I would be lying if I knew much about Allen’s game. It appears he’s safe for all formats, but I will not be afraid to look at other guys. An easy pivot is Jevon Carter, as Mike Conley just got ruled out. Memphis is close to throwing in the towel on the season, and it makes sense for them to develop the hidden defensive gem in Carter. I don’t love Carter’s offensive game, but I do think there’s a chance he outscores Allen tonight – which makes him a viable tournament option to differentiate from the field.
Note: Do not be afraid to fade all the PG bums tonight and spend up at this spot.
Alonzo Trier (4.0, 5.4)
The Knicks will be similar to the Mavs last night with most people rostering 3-4 in their lineups. Most people’s favorite will be Trier (especially on FD), as he’s flashed some excellent upside before struggling the last couple games. He had a five-game stretch last week averaging 17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal. We cannot trust Fiz, but Trier is probably the safest Knick tonight when taking in to account all the factors. This will be one piece of Knicks’ chalk (at least on FD) that I will gladly eat.
The sites, shows, experts are going to throw names at you like Cabocio, Super Mario, and Knox. That is horrifying. Memphis might be more of a mess than the Knicks. They are without Conley, Casspi, Temple, Anderson, and JJJ is questionable. JMG is also banged up and only played 4 minutes last game. So, could the talented and athletic Caboclo get big minutes again? Sure. However, I am going right back to a guy who murdered my lineups on Wednesday – Will Barton. He picked up 2 fouls in four minutes and just never got in a rhythm last game. Murray is still out, and Barton still has the massive upside needed to take down a tournament. And now with all this Memphis and Knicks scary chalk, I am going to be able to get Barton at less than 10% tonight.
Kenneth Faried (7.9, 6.9)
Faried has been unleashed since coming to Houston. Just imagine Harrell getting more minutes – and you have Faried. He’s always been a fantasy point per minutes monster, and now we are finally seeing him play monster minutes. Tonight, we have the revenge narrative as he was buried on the Denver bench for years. I am slightly concerned about foul trouble vs. Jokic, but in tournaments – he still has upside even as his price has risen significantly lately. At every position, there are Knicks and Memphis traps, so I like spending up a bit here to grab Faried.
Rudy Gobert (9.2, 8.5)
A shocking event occurred that shook the world today –Rudy Gobert cried. That’s right. Gobert cried over being snubbed for the All-Star team. But in all seriousness, I loved Gobert tonight before the tears started flowing. We get an angry Gobert against an Atlanta team that gives free fantasy points all game long. Projections show that everyone is on Joker tonight, so a nice pivot that allows me to save some money tonight – is the crying Frenchman.
Alright, the Judge’s Verdict is in and it is final. Good luck tonight!
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