Moore compiled eight points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt), three assists, one rebound and one block across 24 minutes in a 110-96 win over the Knicks on Monday.
Moore has checked in between 20 and 29 minutes in each of the Pelicans' last eight games, establishing himself as the top backup to starting shooting guard Buddy Hield ahead of Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway. That role hasn't exactly yielded much fantasy value, however, as Moore is averaging 8.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 three-pointers during that span. Moreover, Evans has been held to a strict minutes limit since making his season debut in mid-December following a long layoff due to knee surgery, so once he's cleared for a larger workload, Moore could see his playing time slip a bit.
Moore provided 15 points (6-7 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and two assists across 18 minutes off the bench in a 108-93 win over the 76ers on Tuesday.
Moore provided in excellent scoring punch off the bench following a two-game run in a starting role, but the sub-20-minute workload might be the greater takeaway than the efficient shooting performance. It will be exceedingly difficult for Moore to remain an effective fantasy producer if his playing time stays at that level, and at this point, his minutes seem more likely to drop than rise. Coach Alvin Gentry didn't even have one of his key backcourt pieces at his disposal Tuesday in Tyreke Evans, who was resting for the front end of the back-to-back set. With Evans likely to play around 15 minutes Wednesday against the Thunder as he eases back in following a lengthy absence due to knee surgery, Moore could be forced to surrender more playing time.
Moore will come off the bench for Tuesday's game against the Sixers.
Moore has been in and out of the starting lineup this season, with his latest stint largely because of Solomon Hill's (persona) absence. However, Hill is back with the team and will rejoin the starting lineup and coach Alvin Gentry has opted to keep Buddy Hield with the starters, meaning Moore will have to settle for a smaller role off the bench. With Tyreke Evans (rest) sitting out as well, the starting lineup will likely change again once he's available, although Moore may find his minutes trending downwards with the team nearing a return to full strength.
Moore will start Friday's game against the Rockets, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Moore came off the bench the last six games, but he will enter the starting lineup Friday with Solomon Hill away from the team following the birth of his child. With Hill away for personal reasons and not because of an injury, Moore's latest run in the starting group figures to be brief.
Moore (toe) provided nine points (3-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds and one steal across 22 minutes off the bench in Sunday's 120-119 overtime win over the Suns.
Coach Alvin Gentry opted to leave Moore in a bench role in his return from a three-game absence, but he and fellow reserve guards Langston Galloway (19 minutes) and Reggie Williams (20 minutes) still ended up seeing more time than starting wings Buddy Hield (13 minutes) and Solomon Hill (18 minutes). While Hill seems like a decent bet to retain a starting role, Hield, who had been a low-priority option in Gentry's rotation prior to Moore's absence, could fall back to the bench before long. Even if Moore eventually reclaims starting duties, the Pelicans' existing logjam in the backcourt will only become more congested when Tyreke Evans (knee, calf) returns, making Moore an unappealing pickup in most formats.
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