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Pelicans' Nikola Mirotic: Efficient with modest usage
Mirotic put up 13 points (4-7 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, one steal and one block across 29 minutes in the Pelicans' 140-126 win over the Spurs on Monday.
Mirotic saw a rare dip in offensive usage, but he did make very good use of the few shots he put up. The fifth-year veteran's seven shot attempts equaled a season low, but he still found his way to a solid final line by hitting the 50.0 percent mark from the field for the third time in four games. Moreover, Mirotic's 75.0 percent success rate from distance equaled a season high and was a particularly welcome sight during a month that's seen him manage just 28.8 percent three-point shooting overall.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Jrue Holiday: Contributes 21 points in win
Holiday supplied 21 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-5 FT), nine assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block across 32 minutes in the Pelicans' 140-126 win over the Spurs on Monday.
Holiday was one of four 20-point scorers for the Pelicans on a prolific night, and he fell just short of what would have been his fourth double-double in five games. The 10-year veteran has been especially proficient as a facilitator since late October, dishing out between eight and 14 assists in 12 straight games. Coupled with his solid 47.2 percent shooting and career-high 19.5 points per game, Holiday's fantasy stock is at an all-time high.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Julius Randle: Triple-doubles in high-scoring win
Randle produced 21 points (9-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 14 rebounds, 10 assists and one steal across 25 minutes in the Pelicans' 140-126 win over the Spurs on Monday.
Randle continues to thrive off the bench, with Monday's effort qualifying as his third straight game with at least a double-double and as his first triple-double in a Pelicans uniform. The fifth-year veteran has shot over 60.0 percent in his last three contests as well, and his energetic work on the boards has led to double-digit rebounds in five of his last six. Considering Randle is averaging 27.4 minutes in 10 November contests and 25.6 minutes on the season overall, his second-unit role is clearly affording him ample opportunity to churn out starter-quality numbers on a frequent basis.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' E'Twaun Moore: Pops off for 20-plus again in win
Moore poured in 24 points (11-16 FG, 2-3 3Pt) and added four assists, three rebounds and one steal across 30 minutes in the Pelicans' 140-126 win over the Spurs on Monday.
Moore checked in behind only Anthony Davis in scoring on the night, extending what has been a blistering stretch of shooting in the process. The eight-year veteran has posted success rates of between 50.0 and 72.2 percent in six consecutive contests, a span during which he also boasts back-to-back 30-point efforts. Moore's production elsewhere on the stat sheet remains a bit light (2.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists), but his career-high 56.8 percent shooting (including a career-best 49.2 percent from three-point range) on 11.7 shot attempts per game is keeping his fantasy utility robust in all formats.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Anthony Davis: Racks up 29 points in win
Davis generated 29 points (13-22 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks across 32 minutes in the Pelicans' 140-126 win over the Spurs on Monday.
Davis once again spearheaded the Pelicans' offense, although he had plenty of help in the form of a trio of additional 20-point efforts from E'Twaun Moore, Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle. The game also qualified as Davis' third in his last four in which he checked off every box on the stat sheet, and he's now shot at least 50.0 percent in four of his past five games overall.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Elfrid Payton: Out six weeks after surgery
Payton is expected to miss approximately six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair his broken pinky finger.
Payton is set to undergo surgery Tuesday, and if his original timetable holds, he could be back in action around the beginning of January. In the meantime, Jrue Holiday should handle point guard duties in Payton's absence, with E'Twaun Moore and Wesley Johnson starting at shooting guard and small forward, respectively. Tim Frazier, Frank Jackson and Ian Clark could all see reserve minutes at guard until Payton is ready to return.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Julius Randle: Scores 21 points off the bench
Randle managed 21 points (8-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals, and one block in 27 minutes during Saturday's 125-115 victory over Denver.
Randle continued his push for sixth-man of the year honors, recording his fourth double-double from his last five games. He also had a season-high three steals in the victory, rounding out a solid all-around performance. Randle is a reliable source of points and rebounds despite his bench role, but just be aware that he is not the most defensive-minded player around.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Nikola Mirotic: Another double-double Saturday
Mirotic tallied 20 points (6-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 10 rebounds, three blocks, and two assists in 33 minutes during Saturday's 125-115 victory over the Nuggets.
Mirotic recorded double-digit rebounds for the ninth consecutive game, adding 20 points including three triples. He continues to work his way back from a minor ankle concern, putting up his highest scoring game in almost two weeks. He is on track for a career-best season and it goes without saying that he should be on a roster everywhere.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Jrue Holiday: Has full line in Saturday's win
Holiday had 19 points (8-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), eight assists, three rebounds, three steals, and one block in 31 minutes during Saturday's 125-115 victory over Denver.
Holiday was as solid as ever Saturday, falling just two assists of his fourth consecutive double-double. Elfrid Payton (hand) is set to miss up to six weeks after hand surgery which should allow Holiday to continue to rack up the assist numbers moving forward. He is one of the more unassuming fantasy gems with the ability to contribute in multiple categories on any given night.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Anthony Davis: Another 40-point effort Saturday
Davis finished with 40 points (10-20 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 20-21 FT), eight rebounds, eight assists, and one block in 37 minutes during Saturday's 125-115 victory over the Nuggets.
Davis went off for his second 40 point effort in as many nights. The lack of defensive numbers is a bit of a downer on what was another spectacular night for the big man. Davis is quite simply the best player in fantasy right now with the only thing stopping him is the injury risk. His assist numbers continue to hold steady at about five per game which only increase his overall appeal in all formats.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Wesley Johnson: Starting Saturday
Johnson will start Saturday against the Nuggets.
With Elfrid Payton (finger) needing surgery, Johnson will re-enter the starting five. He's averaging 5.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 19.9 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Elfrid Payton: To undergo surgery
Payton will undergo surgery to repair his broken left pinky finger, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports. A timetable for his return will be established following surgery.
This is a significant blow to the Pelicans, who just got Payton back after an extended absence due to a sprained right ankle. While he's sidelined, Jrue Holiday should start at point guard, with E'Twaun Moore and Wesley Johnson starting at shooting guard and small forward, respectively. Tim Frazier, Frank Jackson and Ian Clark are also candidates to see reserve point guard run.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Elfrid Payton: Out Saturday
Payton (finger) will not play in Saturday's matchup with the Nuggets.
In his return from a nine-game absence due to an ankle injury, Payton fractured his finger Friday against the Knicks. He is without a timetable to return, but has been ruled out against the Nuggets. Jrue Holiday now figures to move back to a more prominent point guard role, while Ian Clark and Wesley Johnson could see some heavier run.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Nikola Mirotic: Records double-double in return to action
Mirotic tallied 12 points (4-11 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot across 27 minutes in Friday's 129-124 win over the Knicks.
Mirotic's shot was a little rusty but he managed to scrape together a double-double in this fast-paced affair. Mirotic is in no danger of losing his job, but Julius Randle performed admirably while Mirotic was sidelined. In games with a high Over/Under like this one, there should be plenty of room for both big men to shine, but Randle's recent tenure makes an argument for more playing time, which could hinder Mirotic's production a bit.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Jrue Holiday: Records sixth double-double in win
Holiday provided 24 points (9-18 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 10 assists, four rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot across 36 minutes in Friday's 129-124 win over the Knicks.
Holiday had to shoulder a bit more of the backcourt load when Elfrid Payton (finger) exited the game early. Holiday went right to work with another excellent stat line. Friday's game marks Holiday's third-straight game with double-digit assists. He's arguably one of the most prolific guards in the league at the moment, and an extended absence from Payton will only boost his output higher.... See More ... See Less
Pelicans' Julius Randle: Puts up 19 points off the bench
Randle posted 19 points (7-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-8 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists and a steal across 30 minutes in Friday's 129-124 win over the Knicks.
Randle returned to the bench due to Nikola Mirotic's return to action, but continued his excellent play and saw three more minutes of court time than Mirotic. He also recorded his fifth double-double of the season. There's a unique synergy between Anthony Davis and Randle when they share the court, and it's something that isn't as apparent when Davis and Mirotic are together. What Randle lacks in finesse, he makes up for with naked aggression under the basket. He put that to good use on Friday, as he backed up Davis whenever he faltered in the paint.... See More ... See Less
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