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Anthony Davis did a little of everything against the Warriors during a 147-140 loss on Wednesday, scoring 30 points with 18 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes.

He looked to take a shot below the belt from Stephen Curry in the final minutes. Davis did check out for a couple minutes in real time, but he was able to check back in during this close loss -- no locker room trip, too. Davis' Pelicans dropped 140 points in a loss to become the first team to hit 140 in a regulation loss since 1992. The Pels had been playing better coming into this one and probably should have won this one, so maybe they can get hot in the second half of the season like last year. AD is fantasy's best player.
Jan 17 - 1:40 AM

Elfrid Payton handed out a season-high 12 assists against the Warriors on Wednesday, adding seven points, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.

He did turn it over four times and was 3-of-10 from the field. Payton continues to play well in his low-usage role with solid output in steals and dimes. He'll be a solid hold in standard leagues, and hopefully he doesn't get into a shooting slump from the line or field.
Jan 17 - 1:35 AM

Julius Randle played just 22 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday, scoring 23 points with seven rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers.

He had been playing minutes in the mid-30s, but Nikola Mirotic was hot in this game to cut Randle's playing time. Randle will have a lower ceiling most nights now that Mirotic is back in the fold, but he should still be able to flirt with 20-10s with minutes in the upper 20s going forward.
Jan 17 - 1:29 AM

Nikola Mirotic got hot against the Warriors on Wednesday, scoring 29 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, no turnovers and six 3-pointers in 29 minutes off the bench.

His playing time restrictions look to be about up here, and he made 9-of-14 from the field. Mirotic is likely going to stick in his bench role, but the Pelicans should run close to a three-man rotation for the PF and C minutes. He'll be trending up as a must-start player in standard leagues.
Jan 17 - 1:22 AM

E'Twaun Moore made 7-of-13 from the field for 17 points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday.

He was awful in his previous two games with five points combined in 30.0 minutes per game. Moore hasn't been shooting it as well as he did last year while his steals, treys, boards and dimes are all down compared to last year, too. He could heat up soon, but he isn't the strongest pickup until he starts to string games together.
Jan 17 - 1:17 AM

Jrue Holiday (eye) played 39 minutes Monday vs. the Clippers, finishing with 19 points (8-of-24 FGs, 1-of-3 FTs), eight assists, five rebounds, three steals, two blocked shots and two 3-pointers.

Holiday was accidentally poked in the eye late in the fourth quarter of Monday’s win, missing both of his free throw attempts after the injury, but he did not have to leave the game. The tenth-year guard didn’t shoot the ball well, but he managed to impact the action in other areas. Monday’s effort ended a streak of five consecutive games in which Holiday shot 50% or better from the field, but in six games this month he’s shooting 56.8% from the field and 42.9% from three while averaging 19.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals per contest.
Jan 15 - 1:50 AM

Julius Randle shot 10-of-19 from the field and 7-of-9 from the foul line Monday vs. the Clippers, finishing with 27 points, six rebounds, five assists and one steal.

After shooting 40% from three in the month of December, Randle has come back down to earth in that area this month. The fifth-year forward is just 1-of-11 from beyond the arc in six games this month, but that hasn’t been much of a problem for two reasons. One, Randle has never been the kind of player that relies on three-point shooting to be effectively. Two, he’s still been quite efficient on the offensive end of the floor, shooting 56.1% from the field and 82.1% from the foul line and averaging 19.4 points per game in January. Randle’s also averaging 8.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest this month, and as a starter this season he’s accounting for 22.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per.
Jan 15 - 1:50 AM

Anthony Davis was outstanding Monday vs. the Clippers, finishing with 46 points (16-of-34 FGs, 12-of-12 FTs), 16 rebounds, four assists, three steals, one blocked shot and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

Davis has now accounted for at least 20 points, ten rebounds and one blocked shot in 13 consecutive games, the longest such streak in the NBA since the 1983-84 season. He’s been the best player in 9-category leagues all season long and by a significant margin, and he ranks second in 8-category leagues behind James Harden. Davis has seven games of at least 40 points to his credit this season, and he’ll look to add another to the tally Wednesday night against a Warriors squad that limited him to 17 points on Halloween.
Jan 15 - 1:23 AM

Anthony Davis took some bumps and bruises against the Wolves during a 110-106 loss on Saturday, scoring 30 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

In the third quarter, AD tweaked his left ankle, played through it for a few possessions, took his shoe off on the bench, and had to go to the locker room. AD did return to the game about five minutes later in real time, and he didn't seem to be took hobbled once the game got going. Plus, he took a Josh Okogie elbow to his face in the fourth, but miraculously he did not go to the locker room. As annoying as these locker room trips are, AD still the best player in fantasy hoops.
Jan 12 - 10:38 PM

Nikola Mirotic saw 27 minutes of action against the Wolves on Saturday, scoring nine points with six rebounds, three blocks and one 3-pointer.

Coach Alvin Gentry said Mirotic would be kept to a maximum of 25 minutes, so he broke his restriction in this close game. After Wednesday's game, Mirotic said he will be brought along easily, so the fact that he had over his restriction today is a good sign he's ready to rock. Even though he will likely come off the bench for a while, he should be owned in standard leagues.
Jan 12 - 10:34 PM

E'Twaun Moore struggled in his return to the lineup on Saturday, scoring two points with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 31 minutes.

He did not have a minutes limit, but he made just 1-of-6 from the field. Moore was not playing well back when Nikola Mirotic was healthy in early December and late November, so he's a tough sell as a pickup in 12-team leagues.
Jan 12 - 10:32 PM

Tim Frazier logged seven minutes with no points, two rebounds, one assist and one turnover against the Wolves on Saturday.

With the Pelicans getting healthy now, Frazier moved way down in the rotation. Frazier can be dropped just about everywhere.
Jan 12 - 10:29 PM

Elfrid Payton made 3-of-6 from the field and both free throws for 10 points with three rebounds, six assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday.

This is the kind of line Payton's owners will want with low usage and a little bit of everything to go with it. Payton has been playing well since his second game back, averaging 13.0 points, 2.2 boards, 5.8 dimes, 1.8 steals and 1.0 treys in those five. He might be a bit of a sell-high player after such a strong start out of the gate in 2019, but he should be owned in all standard leagues.
Jan 12 - 10:29 PM

Frank Jackson cooled off against the Wolves on Saturday with four points, two rebounds, two steals and no turnovers in 15 minutes.

It's a small positive that he was still in the rotation when the Pelicans are healthy, but Jackson won't be getting enough minutes to matter in most fantasy leagues. If anyone goes down, he could be worth a look.
Jan 12 - 10:28 PM

Anthony Davis returned to Saturday's game after a left ankle tweak.

He went to the locker room for about five minutes in real time before coming back to the table. All good here, it would appear. We'll let you know how he looks.
Jan 12 - 9:34 PM


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