August 12, 2020, 5:06 pmJosh HartSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Josh Hart (right knee soreness) is questionable to play in Thursday's contest vs. the Magic.
Hart could see an increase in opportunity if he is able to suit up as the team will be without Jrue Holiday (elbow), Zion Williamson (knee) and Brandon Ingram (knee). Continue to monitor the news as we should learn more ahead of Thursday's 6:00 PM PST tip-off. Although Hart has not produced standard league value over his first seven opportunities in Orlando, he has an opportunity to produce top-100 value for the team's last game if he gets ruled in.
Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter
August 12, 2020, 5:03 pmJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday (right elbow contusion), Brandon Ingram (right knee soreness) and Zion Williamson (right knee soreness) have all been ruled out of the team's last game of 2019-20 against the Magic.
The Pelicans were eliminated from contention a few games ago so it is no surprise to see them rest their main studs to avoid any silly injuries. Thursday will have a lot of strange box scores due to the number of players who will be rested for various ailments.
Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter
August 12, 2020, 12:58 amFrank JacksonPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Frank Jackson was impressive off the bench on Tuesday as he came out of nowhere to deliver 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, chipping in one rebound, four assists, one 3-pointer and one steal to the box score.
Jackson was the beneficiary of the game not mattering for the Pelicans' playoff hopes, which were already trampled on even before this game started. So it's safe to say that guys like Jackson could see some extra usage as the team lets their younger players get some much-needed experience on the floor.
August 12, 2020, 12:52 amJahlil OkaforC, New Orleans Pelicans
Jahlil Okafor was a sight for sore eyes in the Pelicans' loss to the Kings on Tuesday, taking advantage of the Kings' poor interior defense to pop off for 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 at the line.
Okafor was also able to chip in four rebounds, one assist and two blocks in his 26 minutes on the floor. He's not going to do this every night, so consider this a lucky one-of. The Pelicans are no longer able to qualify for the play-in tournament, so don't expect to see this much spirited play as often as the season winds down for them completely.
August 12, 2020, 12:49 amNicolo MelliPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Nicolo Melli was ice-cold on Tuesday, going 1-for-10 from the field to finish with five points, four boards and one assist in a start for the Pelicans.
Melli was off the mark in more ways than one, getting bullied in the post by the likes of Harry Giles will do that to you. He's more of stretch four kind of player, so it's a feast or famine situation for him when he hangs his hat behind the 3-point line.
August 12, 2020, 12:46 amJaxson HayesPF-C, New Orleans Pelicans
Jaxson Hayes did not miss a shot in Tuesday's loss to the Kings, going a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and making his lone attempt from the free throw line.
Hayes also added five rebounds, one steal and one block to the box score in a spot start for the Pelicans tonight, who rested Derrick Favors. The Pelicans are officially out of the playoff hunt, so we might just see a little bit more of Hayes down the line.
August 12, 2020, 12:43 amJosh HartSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Josh Hart drew the start for the Pelicans on Tuesday and was quite active on the glass, pulling down 10 rebounds to go along with his three points (1-of-8 shooting), one assist and two steals.
Hart's offense was just not there tonight and the boards were an insufficient consolation to make up for his deficiencies from a fantasy standpoint. That said, Hart has been able to produce big lines in the past when given the opportunity, so he's worth holding in 14-16 team leagues.
August 11, 2020, 9:01 pmNicolo MelliPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Nicolo Melli, E'Twaun Moore and Jaxson Hayes will start for the Pelicans on Tuesday night against the Kings.
The Pelicans, like the Kings, have been eliminated from playoff contention. Both teams are starting reserves and resting usual starters since the game is essentially meaningless. Hayes seems most likely to benefit, as his Orlando usage has been quite low.
August 10, 2020, 2:47 pmJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday (right elbow contusion) will not play vs. the Kings on Tuesday.
With the Pelicans officially out of the playoffs, there's no reason for them to play their best guys in games that won't help their position. Unfortunately, the Pels season is virtually over, but hopefully their fantasy relevant guys can look to bounce back next season.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
August 10, 2020, 2:42 pmBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram (right knee soreness) will not suit up vs. the Kings on Tuesday.
The Pelicans have officially been eliminated from playoff contention and so there's not much reason to play their best players in meaningless games. He's had an incredible season and is likely en route to receive the NBA's Most Improved Player reward.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
August 10, 2020, 2:18 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson (right knee soreness) will not play in the Pelicans' matchup vs. the Kings on Tuesday.
The Pelicans have officially been eliminated from playoff contention and so there's no reason for the Pelicans to keep Williamson playing in meaningless games. He's dealt with injuries for the majority of his rookie season and hasn't been able to stay on the court. Hopefully he'll be able to get healthy this offseason and bounce back for an incredible sophomore season.
Source: NBA Injury Report
August 9, 2020, 6:34 pmJJ RedickSG, New Orleans Pelicans
J.J. Redick was superb in Sunday's 113-122 loss to the Spurs, shooting 10-of-16 from the field with eight 3-pointers to score 31 points off the bench.
Redick was playing like a man possessed to keep New Orleans' season alive, but unfortunately most of the other Pelicans failed to play with the same urgency. The sharpshooter added five rebounds, three assists and a block today in what was a strong all-around performance. He took a step back in fantasy this year because of the Pelicans' backcourt depth but remains one of the league's elite shooters. We'll see how much Redick plays over the last two games now that the team has nothing to play for.
August 9, 2020, 6:31 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson looked explosive on Sunday, going 10-for-20 from the field en route to 25 points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes against the Spurs.
While Williamson looked dangerous, the Pelicans also got outscored by 21 with him on the floor as their season came to an end today. The emptiness of his line also underscores some stat set issues, as Zion didn't have any steals, blocks, 3-pointers or assists. He did manage to go 5-of-6 from the line after shooting .634 there on the full season, but Williamson will definitely be overdrafted next season if he can't round out his game a bit more.
August 9, 2020, 6:28 pmJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday had a poor game in Sunday's loss, netting seven points, three rebounds and seven assists on 2-of-12 shooting in 35 minutes.
Holiday also added a block but had a tough time against San Antonio's excellent defensive backcourt. The Pelicans were eliminated from playoff contention today so it remains to be seen how much we'll get out of Holiday over the final two games. Fantasy GMs just have to hope for the best.
August 9, 2020, 6:26 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball went an ugly 2-for-10 from the field on Sunday, finishing with five points, five rebounds, 10 assists and a pair of blocks.
Ball's never been known as an efficient scorer but this was a big disappointment as the Pelicans saw their playoff dreams end today. He's been particularly off with his shot in the bubble, going 13-for-50 from the field, erasing a lot of the good work he's done with his assists and defensive stats. Ball's got a fun stat set but won't hit his ceiling without modest steps forward as an offensive threat.