Player News - Pelicans

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Buddy Hield will start against the Grizzlies on Monday.

The rookie is getting the start at SG because both Jrue Holiday (toe) and E'Twaun Moore (toe) have been ruled out. Hield is only averaging 7.3 points and 1.0 3-pointer on 37.3 percent shooting this season, so he's not worth streaming outside of deeper leagues. Maybe he can finally get it going tonight.
Dec 5 - 7:49 PM

Tim Frazier and Buddy Hield are starting against the Grizzlies on Monday.

Jrue Holiday (toe) and E'Twaun Moore (toe) have both been ruled out for Monday's game, but it's not clear if they will miss additional time. Frazier is the best bet to produce Monday, as Hield has been anything but consistent. Langston Galloway should get plenty of minutes off the bench.
Dec 5 - 7:45 PM

Anthony Davis (right foot sprain) will play Monday vs. Memphis.

The Pelicans will limp into Monday's game with just nine healthy bodies, and with Jrue Holiday (toe) and E'Twaun Moore (toe) out, The Brow should be operating with a hefty usage rate. Fire him up.
Dec 5 - 6:34 PM

E'Twaun Moore (toe) will not play on Monday vs. Memphis.

His toe was an issue earlier in the season, so the Pelicans are going to be cautious. Jrue Holiday (toe) is also out, meaning we should see a lot of Tim Frazier and Buddy Hield Monday. Langston Galloway should also see a good chunk of minutes at both guard spots.
Dec 5 - 5:39 PM

Jrue Holiday (turf toe) and E'Twaun Moore (toe contusion) have been ruled out for Monday's game against the Grizzlies.

With both these guys on the sidelines Monday night, Tim Frazier will assuredly move into the starting five, and Buddy Hield is an option to start at the two. Langston Galloway should also see an uptick in minutes with New Orleans' starting backcourt on the sidelines, and Anthony Davis (foot, expected to play) will be working with a robust usage rate. After Monday's game the Pelicans will be off until Thursday, so perhaps the toe issue only results in a one-game absence for Holiday.
Dec 5 - 5:33 PM

Tyreke Evans (knee, calf) has been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

The fact that we even have to rule him out suggests his return is getting closer. In fact, he likely would've played over the weekend if he didn't tweak his calf. It sounds like he could make an appearance sometime this week, but he may start slow because the Pelicans will likely limit him to 15 minutes right out of the gate. With that said, he's still a solid stash.
Dec 5 - 12:42 PM

Anthony Davis (right foot sprain) is probable for Monday's game vs. Memphis.

Davis denied reports that he had X-rays on his foot after Sunday's game, but this confirms that he did tweak something and that he may not be 100 percent Monday night. Season-long owners can pencil him into lineups, but he's a little more risky than usual in DFS. He has battled a variety of ailments this season including minor knocks to his right shoulder and knee, but he's only missed one game so far. He's also playing 37.5 minutes per game, so the Pelicans are asking for trouble.
Dec 5 - 12:34 PM

Anthony Davis (right foot/ankle) reportedly had X-rays taken after Sunday's game in Oklahoma City, though Davis denied the report.

ESPN's Justin Verrier reports, "Davis had an X-ray taken after the game in Oklahoma City, according to league sources. Davis denied the account, but the Pelicans forward received treatment and [had] a black wrap on his right foot at his locker before speaking to the media. Davis ... appeared to be walking without a hobble in the locker room." He played 43 minutes on Sunday and did appear to be limping on certain possessions, though he never left the game. We're adding him to the injury report, and in the absence of an update owners should consider him questionable for Monday's home game.
Dec 4 - 10:41 PM

Terrence Jones came off the bench on Sunday for nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, seven rebounds and one block in 25 minutes of action.

Jones recovered after a very slow start tonight, but the Pelicans just couldn't overcome their poor shooting (36.7 percent) and terrible defense. They are 2-11 this season when out-rebounded by their opponent, which happened again tonight, and they need guys like T-Jones and Omer Asik (three boards) to give Anthony Davis more relief in the rebounding department.
Source: Oklahoman
Dec 4 - 9:51 PM

Anthony Davis piled up 37 points (14-of-32 FGs, 9-of-11 FTs) with 15 rebounds, four blocks, two steals and two assists on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to avoid a road loss to the Thunder.

Davis was simply unstoppable for stretches tonight, but he got negligible help from his teammates. His offensive exploits shouldn't obscure the fact that he ranks first in blocks (2.7), fourth in defensive rebounds (9.1), and is holding opponents to 4.4 percent below their typical shooting averages against him. Expect another monster effort vs. the visiting Grizzlies on Monday.
Dec 4 - 9:50 PM

Buddy Hield scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting on Sunday, making four 3-pointers with four rebounds and one assist in just 15 minutes.

Hield shot at least three airballs but they didn't rattle his confidence in front of an appreciative OKC audience (he played for the University of Oklahoma). The Pelicans' lottery pick was even instrumental in a too-little, too-late comeback in the fourth quarter. He hadn't scored double-digit points since Nov. 12, however, and we'll need to see him do this a few more times before recommending him in re-draft leagues.
Dec 4 - 9:49 PM

E'Twaun Moore started at SG on Sunday and finished with 10 points, two rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes of action.

Moore was 5-of-11 from the field, while Anthony Davis was 14-of-32, but the other three starters were a combined 5-of-20 in tonight's road loss. The Pelicans' lineup is still in flux, especially with Tyreke Evans (knee) nearing a return, and Moore doesn't have much upside even if he does keep the starting SG job.
Dec 4 - 9:48 PM

Tim Frazier shifted to a bench role vs. the Thunder on Sunday, where he went scoreless on 0-of-5 shooting with four rebounds, two steals and one assist in 16 minutes.

Frazier started the Pelicans' previous game alongside Jrue Holiday, but that small backcourt didn't last long. He hasn't scored double-digit points in any of the past four games and the impending return of Tyreke Evans won't help matters, so Frazier's owners should at least be keeping an eye on potential waiver-wire additions.
Dec 4 - 9:47 PM

Tim Frazier will come off the bench Sunday vs. the Thunder.

Frazier had been starting alongside Jrue Holiday, but head coach Alvin Gentry will move E'Twaun Moore into the starting five for today's game in order to give Frazier some more ball handling opportunities with the second unit. Frazier's value has taken a hit since Jrue Holiday got back into the starting lineup, so the move to the second unit isn't necessarily a bad thing for his value.
Dec 4 - 5:50 PM

E'Twaun Moore will move into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Thunder, sending Tim Frazier to the bench.

Moore has been much better as a starter this season, owning averages of 11.4 points, 3.0 assists, 1.1 triples, 0.9 steals and 1.3 turnovers per game on 45.7 percent shooting, so it'll be interesting to see what he can do tonight with a tough matchup against OKC. Frazier will have more opportunity to run the offense with the second unit, so this might not be the worst thing for his value. For what it's worth, Alvin Gentry said we'll "see what happens" with tonight's new starting lineup, so this may not be a permanent change.
Dec 4 - 5:41 PM


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