August 3, 2020, 11:16 pmJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday played a supporting role during 33 minutes on Monday, ending with 15 points.
While Holiday didn't play poorly, he also didn't flirt with 30 points like he can on his best nights. Holiday added four rebounds, three assists and a steal while going 1-for-3 from downtown. On the bright side, Holiday committed only one turnover after registering nine over his prior two games.
August 3, 2020, 11:07 pmBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram posted a team-leading 24 points to go with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in Monday's victory over the Grizzlies.
It was a nice night for Ingram, who added a pair of threes for good measure. He enjoyed a strong regular season, ranking among the league's top 15 players with 24.1 points per game. Ingram also saw a sharp increase in free-throw percentage, which rose to 85.9 percent compared to a career mark of 72.2 percent.
August 3, 2020, 10:54 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson received 25 minutes on Monday, scoring 23 points in a 109-99 win over the Grizzlies.
That may not seem like a lot of court time, but he didn't crack 15 in either of his previous two contests. Zion finished with seven rebounds and five assists while shooting 9-for-21 from the field. He'll be far more useful in daily leagues if Alvin Gentry can push him toward 30 minutes per game.
August 1, 2020, 9:13 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball grabbed six rebounds to go with seven points, three assists and two triples in 24 minutes on Saturday.
The Pelicans were beat from start to finish by the Clippers, eventually losing by 23 and dropping to 0-2 in the NBA restart. Ball has struggled in both games, averaging 5.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists on 4-of-19 shooting from the field. Ball and the Pelicans have a good bounce-back opportunity vs. the Grizzlies on Monday.
August 1, 2020, 8:59 pmBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram only played 24 minutes in a blowout loss, scoring 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting with two rebounds and two three-pointers.
The Pelicans are now 0-2 in the Orlando restart and sit four games behind the Grizzlies for the eighth seed. They have a chance to close that gap when they play the Grizzlies on Monday, and Ingram will have a good chance to bounce back in a much easier matchup. Ingram should be the leading scorer for the Pelicans in this restart, especially with Zion Williamson's minutes being limited.
August 1, 2020, 8:43 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson played 14 minutes in a 126-103 loss to the Clippers, scoring seven points with five rebounds and three turnovers.
Zion has now played under 15 minutes in each of the first two games since the restart. Even worse, the Pelicans have now dropped to four games behind the eighth-seeded Grizzlies and are behind the Blazers, Spurs and Kings in the standings. Although Zion would help the Pelicans on the court, the medical staff has final say on how many minutes he can play and won't be pressured by the playoff race. He is too risky to trust in DFS until his minutes increase.
July 31, 2020, 3:07 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Due to a late arrival to the Orlando bubble, Zion Williamson (re-conditioning) will continue to have his minutes limited as the team faces off against the Clippers on Saturday.
Zion looked good in the 15 minutes that he saw on Thursday and we should expect to see his playing time slowly ramp up for these eight games. However, David Griffin made it very clear to the media that Zion will continue to have a minutes restriction until the team's staff believes that he is ready for his full complement of playing time. Zion is someone to stay away from in DFS lineups on Saturday due to this news.
Source: New Orleans Pelicans on Twitter
July 30, 2020, 10:26 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson was limited to 15 minutes of action due to re-conditioning and despite scoring 13 points in that short stint, he was forced to watch from the bench as the Pelicans blew a big lead to the Jazz on Thursday night.
These restricted minutes will really cause problems when trying to project how effective Williamson will be. They will need him to contribute as much as possible. Until we get more clarity or more minutes out of Zion, it's hard to recommend him as a DFS play on the risk of low volume.
July 30, 2020, 10:12 pmDerrick FavorsPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Derrick Favors was largely ineffective in a tight loss to the Jazz on Thursday, playing 28 minutes but only taking three shots, scoring two points and grabbing eight boards.
Favors did show up on the defensive end with three steals, but wasn't involved in the offense at all as Rudy Gobert patrolled the paint and didn't do Favors any favors on that side of the court. Fellow big man Jaxson Hayes was also limited offensively, with just two points on two attempts to go with his seven boards. This is probably a matchup blip going against one of the premier rim protectors in the league and the Pelicans' big men should be more effective in the next contest.
July 30, 2020, 10:08 pmBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram scored 23 points on 7-of-20 shooting on Thursday to accompany eight boards and two triples, but failed to convert a potential game-winning shot as the Pelicans fell off at the end of the game.
Ingram struggled a bit with his shot in 33 minutes of action and didn't trouble the scorer much outside of the points and boards, with just one block and one turnover. He's going to need to lead from the front and contribute across the board if the Pels are really going to make the strides to play postseason basketball.
July 30, 2020, 9:59 pmJosh HartSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Josh Hart finished Thursday's game with 10 points and two triples in 22 minutes, while E'Twaun Moore added eight points and two triples of his own in 14 minutes in a late loss to the Jazz.
Hart and Moore could be very cheap daily plays for those trying to sneak in some low-value assets. Hart especially has had stretches of top-100 value in the past as an efficient, versatile guard. Moore makes his living as more of a 3-point specialist, as he was making 3.1 triples per game before the season went on pause.
July 30, 2020, 9:48 pmJJ RedickSG, New Orleans Pelicans
J.J. Redick scored 21 points in 26 minutes on Thursday night, tacking on four boards, three assists and three triples as the Pels let the game slip away late against the Jazz.
Redick was one of the lone bright spots off the bench for the Pelicans, who failed to put the Jazz away after leading by double digits in the second half. Redick is a reliable cheaper play for 3-pointers without sacrificing percentages and he'll be a critical part of the Pelicans' push for the postseason.
July 30, 2020, 9:41 pmJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday posted the full line we've come to expect from him in Thursday's slim loss to the Jazz, finishing with 20 points (9-of-18 shooting), five boards, four assists, three steals, two triples and a blocked shot in a team-high 37 minutes.
The six turnovers were unsightly for Holiday, but he was a pest on the defensive end trying to get the ball back to combat that. From a fantasy angle, getting to play off the ball has been pivotal to making Jrue a fantasy stud. That should continue in the bubble as the Pelicans try to make their way into a play-in tournament.
July 30, 2020, 9:31 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball played hard in the Pelicans' first game of the NBA restart on Thursday but struggled to get going offensively, shooting just 2-of-13 from the floor for four points, six boards, seven assists, two steals and three turnovers in 27 minutes.
Ball was definitely working hard and creating plays for his teammates, but the hustle didn't turn into efficient scoring. That has been the tale of the tape for Lonzo, who continues to improve in non-scoring facets of the game, but until he sorts out his efficiency issues, his upside will be capped.
July 30, 2020, 5:37 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson (re-conditioning) will play in "short bursts" throughout Thursday's contest vs. the Jazz.
It is highly likely that Zion enters the starting lineup but will have his minutes monitored closely as he is very important for future of the franchise. With Zion back, Nicoló Melli will see less time on the court and Brandon Ingram might see slightly less usage. However, Ingram is still a worthy DFS play. Zion, on the other hand, should be viewed as a riskier option as he may not play a full complement of minutes in his first game back. Let's get ready for some basketball!
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter