Player News - Pelicans

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Alexis Ajinca finished with six points, seven rebounds, two steals and a blocked shots in Sunday's 115-90 win at Denver.

Head coach Alvin Gentry told reporters after the game that Ajinca was the team's MVP in the win due to the energy he provided off the bench. Ajinca has plenty of energy because he averaged just 9.2 minutes per game over his past five outings. Despite the coach's nice words and the decent stat line, Ajinca doesn't have much fantasy appeal outside of the deepest of leagues. He was playing more than usual because DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) was sidelined and the team was involved in a lopsided game.
Mar 26 - 10:44 PM

Jordan Crawford posted 13 points with seven assists, five rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes off the bench in Sunday's game at Denver.

Crawford has been outstanding for the second unit in New Orleans, posting 10 or more points in nine of his 10 outings with the team. He is averaging 14.3 points and 2.5 rebounds over his past four games to give fantasy owners in deeper leagues some solid production. He is also a cheap source of points for those playing DFS down the stretch.
Mar 26 - 10:40 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (right ankle sprain) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Jazz, according to coach Alvin Gentry.

For what it's worth, Cousins took some shots during halftime on Sunday with a pronounced limp. The Pelicans may not hold a shootaround prior to the second game in a back-to-back set, but owners should check for updates in the afternoon. Dante Cunningham will likely earn another start if Cousins isn't ready to go vs. Utah.
Mar 26 - 10:40 PM

Jrue Holiday scored 13 points in Sunday's game in Denver while adding seven assists, six rebounds and a steal over 27 minutes.

Holiday dropped in three triples, too, while posting a goose egg in the turnover category. He has rebounded from a rough patch at the beginning of the month, posting 10 or more points in eight straight games while contributing six or more assists in each of his past six outings.
Mar 26 - 10:33 PM

Donatas Motiejunas finished with 13 points and eight rebounds over 19 minutes in Sunday's game against the Nuggets.

Motiejunas was leaned upon a little more heavily with DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) sidelined and the game out of hand for most of the second half. He entered the game with a total of 29 minutes played over the pst six games with just four total points, so don't get terribly excited about this output. Unless Cousins is forced to miss more time Motiejunas is only worth a look in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Mar 26 - 10:30 PM

Anthony Davis hit 12-of-17 shots from the floor to finish with 31 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot over 28 minutes in Sunday's 115-90 win in Denver.

Davis has 14 games with 30 or more points and 15 or more rebounds, most in the NBA. The 25-point margin of victory was the largest of the season for the Pelicans, as they pulled within four games of the Nuggets for a playoff spot with nine games remaining. Davis stepped up and helped the Pelicans stay alive, and they're now 3-0 in games when DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) is sidelined.
Mar 26 - 10:24 PM

Dante Cunningham finished with six points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots in 31 minutes against the Nuggets on Sunday.

Cunningham was making the start with DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) sidelined. He is only worth a look in the very deepest of seasonal fantasy leagues even if he makes another start in place of Cousins. Cunningham has a low usage rate even in a starting role. However, he is worth a roll of the dice as a low-priced DFS option if he makes another start.
Mar 26 - 10:21 PM

Dante Cunningham will start vs. the Nuggets on Sunday.

DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) has been ruled out tonight, so Cunningham should get significant minutes. He sports an extremely low usage rate, however, and even as a fill-in starter he hasn't done much to merit fantasy owners' attention.
Mar 26 - 6:45 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (right ankle sprain) will not play vs. the Nuggets on Sunday.

Dante Cunningham will start and Solomon Hill stands to benefit from Cousins' absence, while both Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday will also have less competition for usage. Cousins was essentially a game-time decision tonight, so there's a chance he'll return vs. the Jazz on Monday. Check back for updates after New Orleans' shootaround, assuming they hold one in the second half of a back-to-back set.

Cheik Diallo has been recalled from the D-League.

He'll now return to warming the bench in New Orleans. Leave him on the wire.
Mar 26 - 5:05 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (right ankle sprain) is a game-time call vs. the Nuggets on Sunday.

He didn't go through the morning shootaround, but he will do everything he can to play in tonight's must-win game -- the Pelicans trail the Nuggets (No. 8 seed) by 5.0 games. If Boogie can't go, Dante Cunningham and Solomon Hill will get a bump, but they aren't great options in fantasy. Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis will get a nice usage bump as well if Boogie sits.
Mar 26 - 12:21 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (right ankle sprain) is questionable to play against the Nuggets on Sunday.

This may have been sustained late in the game when he had some contact with Ryan Anderson. Cousins did finish the game and played the entire fourth quarter. We should have an update at shootaround, but there's a decent chance Boogie can give it a go. If not, Dante Cunningham and Solomon Hill should benefit. Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis would do the heavy lifting, of course.
Mar 25 - 9:40 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said Quincy Pondexter (left knee) is unlikely to return for the remainder of the regular season.

Pondexter underwent a third surgery on his left knee in January and has not appeared in an NBA game since the 2015 postseason. Gentry said that Pondexter "will be gearing toward the summer and next year, really." Pondexter should obviously be left on waivers in all fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 25 - 9:52 AM

Anthony Davis scored 33 points during a 117-107 loss to the Rockets on Friday, adding 16 rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in 41 minutes.

That's four straight double-doubles for Davis, who hasn't really dropped off at all with Boogie Cousins back in the last three games. In those three, Davis averaged 26.7 points, 13.3 boards, 1.0 steals and 0.3 blocks. The drop in blocks could be due to Boogie because he's away from the basket more often, though. The bad news is the Pelicans are basically out of the playoffs, sitting in the No. 11 spot and trailing the Nuggets by 5.0 games.
Mar 25 - 2:20 AM

DeMarcus Cousins scored 29 points with six rebounds, four assists, four blocks, one steal and five 3-pointers against the Rockets on Friday.

It looks like all is right in the Boogie world. With one of his techs getting rescinded, he hasn't picked up a tech since his last one-game suspension, and his numbers have climbed since he missed Mar. 17 due to an injury. In those three games, Cousins averaged 28.3 points, 11.3 boards, 3.3 assists, 2.0 steals, 2.3 blocks and 3.7 treys. Sure, small sample size matters here, but this is still very impressive after such a rough start.
Mar 25 - 2:13 AM


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