Player News - Pelicans

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Rajon Rondo scored 13 points with six assists, three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes vs. the Nuggets on Friday.

Rondo was 6-of-8 from the field and played a little more than he was supposed to, but that's a good thing obviously. He did take a shot to his shoulder/neck area before halftime, but looked fine after the break and it shouldn't be a concern going forward. Expect his minutes to keep trending up with two days off before Monday's game vs. the Thunder.
Nov 18 - 1:19 AM

DeMarcus Cousins scored just 14 points in an ugly 146-114 loss to the Nuggets on Friday, shooting 6-of-16 from the field.

He only played 25 minutes in the blowout, adding six rebounds and four assists with no defensive stats. Anthony Davis could miss time with a concussion, so expect some epic fantasy lines from Boogie Cousins if that's the case -- his usage rate climbs from 32.0 to 38.4 with Davis off the floor.
Nov 18 - 1:11 AM

Cheick Diallo played 13 minutes vs. the Nuggets on Friday with nine points and three rebounds.

He had five fouls, but Diallo was a rare bright spot for the Pelicans in this ugly loss. Anthony Davis could miss time with a concussion, but coach Alvin Gentry has trusted Dante Cunningham over Diallo in the past. Just keep an eye on him for now until we hear more news regarding Davis.
Nov 18 - 1:04 AM

Anthony Davis suffered a concussion on Friday vs. the Nuggets and will not return.

His night finished with 17 points (7-of-11 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs), five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes. We don't know the severity quite yet and the timetables for concussions can vary quite a bit, so it's too early to speculate on how much time he will miss. Coach Alvin Gentry loves Dante Cunningham for some reason, but it's possible he turns to Cheick Diallo if Davis misses time.
Nov 18 - 12:16 AM

Anthony Davis went to the locker room on Friday vs. the Nuggets after colliding heads with Nikola Jokic.

He's likely going to be tested for a concussion, but we should have the official word soon. The Pelicans are getting toasted heading into the fourth quarter, so they may be cautious even if Davis is OK.
Nov 17 - 11:59 PM

Tony Allen (knee) will not play on Friday vs. the Nuggets.

He was originally expected to play, but the Pelicans will continue to be cautious. Darius Miller has thrived in Allen's absence, averaging 17.0 points, 0.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.0 steal and 3.5 triples over his last two games.
Nov 17 - 9:21 PM

Tony Allen (knee) is likely going to play against the Nuggets on Friday.

Darius Miller has been in one of his best stretches of his NBA career, so it'll be inresting to see how coach Alvin Gentry wants to divide the minutes between Miller, Allen and Dante Cunningham. All three do not have much value in non-deep leagues.
Nov 16 - 3:26 PM

Rajon Rondo is expected to play 20-24 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

He played 14 minutes in his first start on Wednesday, scoring four points with eight rebounds. Jrue Holiday has played 15 minutes next to Rondo and his assists have really fallen off while other wings are expected to take a hit. Rondo is in a good spot to succeed next to the stud bigs, so maybe he's worth an add to see if he can get going. His upside isn't the greatest.
Nov 16 - 3:24 PM

Anthony Davis scored 19 points with five rebounds, one assist, one block, three steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes during a 125-116 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday.

Surprisingly, he hasn't hit 20 points in three of his last four despite playing 34 minutes in each. He was actually good efficiency wise in all of those, but the usage was the problem with his usage rate ranging from 17.8 to 21.7 in this four-game cold streak. Before this, he was below 22 in just one game, but there's still little reason to be worried. AD is a monster this year and he won't need a 30 usage rate to be fantasy's top player if healthy.
Nov 15 - 11:38 PM

Jrue Holiday scored 18 points with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and no turnovers in 36 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday.

He's played just 15 minutes next to Rajon Rondo, but Holiday's stats in that time are not very encouraging, scoring 10 points with one rebound, one assist, two steals and no turnovers. While this stat line is solid tonight, Holiday is probably going to trend down a bit and be more of a top-75 player in most leagues.
Nov 15 - 11:29 PM

Rajon Rondo scored four points with two rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 14 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday.

He was right in his 14-16 minute window during his first start with the Pelicans. Rondo has been around the team for most of his recovery, so he should be able to adapt quickly with his two stud bigs. He hasn't been very good in the past few years, but his best run did come with DeMarcus Cousins, so maybe he can get it going again.
Nov 15 - 11:24 PM

E'Twaun Moore made 4-of-12 from the field for 10 points with three rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday.

He still managed to find a decent amount of shots and still hit his 31.5 minutes-per-game average. Rajon Rondo did only play 14 minutes in this game, so Moore is really going to have a tough time hitting 30 minutes once Rondo gets going. Expect him to start trending down.
Nov 15 - 11:15 PM

DeMarcus Cousins scored 25 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one block, four steals and three 3-pointers against the Raptors on Wednesday.

Sure, his fourth-ranked 28.2 points per game he had coming into this game is nice, but Cousins leading centers with his 5.8 dimes per game may be the biggest surprise on his stat line. It's going to be interesting to see if he can keep that around six with Rajon Rondo around, but obviously Cousins is going to post gigantic stat lines one way or another.
Nov 15 - 11:11 PM

Darius Miller made 4-of-5 from the field for 13 points with one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday.

After his career-high 21 point game, he takes a backseat because of Rajon Rondo returning and the Pelicans going with more multiple-guard lineups. This is still a pretty solid line, but he is not going to be this efficient. He's only worth owning in very deep leagues.
Nov 15 - 11:08 PM

Tony Allen (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.

This will be Allen's third straight game on the sidelines with the knee issue, and he's being listed as day-to-day. E'Twaun Moore and Ian Clark will likely be splitting his minutes, but that means very little in fantasy hoops.
Nov 15 - 6:34 PM


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