New Orleans Pelicans Player News: All Positions

News: Payton managed seven points (3-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 119-96 loss to the Magic.
Impact: Payton's streak of five straight triple-doubles came to an end in this one, as the Pelicans trailed by 22 at halftime and 31 at the end of the third quarter. Given that the score was so lopsided, Payton was unsurprisingly rested down the stretch. He'll now have three full days off prior to Sunday's matchup with the Rockets.
News: Randle had six points (1-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), three rebounds, and two assists in 22 minutes during Wednesday's 119-96 loss to the Magic.
Impact: Randle finished with as many turnovers as points while struggling badly from the field. He had turned in a terrific stat line essentially every time he had taken the floor in recent memory, but Randle finally delivered a dud. With there being three full days off before Sunday's matchup with the Rockets, Randle should be well-rested and will likely look to bounce back in a big way.
News: Clark totaled 17 points (7-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt), five rebounds, and four assists in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 119-96 loss to the Magic.
Impact: Clark reached double figures in scoring for the sixth time in the last seven games, and he's also averaging 3.0 assists during that same stretch. While he's not reliable enough for standard leagues, Clark is proving himself to be a decent cheap option in daily formats while Jrue Holiday (abdomen) and E'Twaun Moore (quadriceps) are held out, which could continue to happen for the final eight matchups of 2018-19.
News: Johnson recorded 18 points (6-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT), four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 119-96 loss to the Magic.
Impact: Johnson scored almost as many points in this one as he did through his first 12 appearances with the Pelicans (20). Moreover, this was the first time through 13 games that he has earned more than 20 minutes. With Jrue Holiday (abdomen), E'Twaun Moore (quadriceps), and Anthony Davis (rest) sidelined and the franchise focused on developing the younger players, Johnson seems like he's going to have a chance to show what he can do across the last eight games of 2018-19. Nevertheless, he's not exactly an appealing option for most fantasy formats.
News: Wood was claimed off waivers by the Pelicans on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Wood was let go by the Bucks on Monday to make room for Tim Frazier, and now Wood will get a shot with New Orleans. He's played just 62 total NBA minutes this season -- racking up 37 points, 20 rebounds and two assists -- but he's been a force in the G League. Across 28 appearances with the Wisconsin Herd this season, Wood has averaged 29.3 points, 14.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a combined 3.2 blocks/steals. His role will probably remain relatively small with the Pelicans, but New Orleans has plenty of reason to give him a fair shot considering where they are in the standings.
News: Davis will not play Wednesday against the Magic due to a family matter, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Davis made the trip with the team with the intention of playing, but something has come up. His absence should send Jahlil Okafor into the starting five. Julius Randle should also see more usage as a result of Davis' absence.
News: Moore (quad) will remain out Wednesday against Orlando.
Impact: Moore will miss a seventh consecutive game while he continues to nurse a bruise on his left quad. The Pelicans appear content to evaluate him on a game-to-game basis for the time being.
News: Holiday (abdomen) will remain out Wednesday against the Magic.
Impact: The veteran will miss a seventh consecutive game as he continues to nurse a strained lower abdominal. Expect Elfrid Payton, who's been a triple-double machine of late, to continue serve as the Pels' primary playmaker.
News: Jackson recorded 19 points (7-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four assists, two rebounds, one steal, and one block in 40 minutes during Monday's 129-125 overtime win against the Mavericks.
Impact: Jackson has reached double figures in scoring in seven straight showings while earning at least 33 minutes in all but one of those. Furthermore, he matched his career high assist total in this one. The continued absence of Jrue Holiday (abdomen) has allowed Jackson to receive ample minutes lately, and at this point the Pelicans don't seem to be in any rush to bring Holiday back. Unless or until that changes, Jackson will likely remain a decent option for daily (and deep) leagues.
News: Payton accumulated 19 points (5-12 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 11 assists, 10 rebounds, and one steal in 37 minutes during Monday's 129-125 overtime win against the Mavericks.
Impact: Payton amassed his fifth straight triple-double and sixth of the season, breaking his previous career high (five in 2016-17). With the Pelicans playing it safe with Jrue Holiday (abdomen), Payton continues to operate as the team's top distributor, plus he has been providing strong scoring and rebounding numbers as well. Payton is likely to stay aggressive during Wednesday's matchup against the organization that drafted him (Orlando).
News: Williams went for eight points (3-10 FG, 2-8 3Pt), 11 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 40 minutes during Monday's 129-125 overtime win against the Mavericks.
Impact: Williams swiped at least three steals for the third time in the last 13 games and grabbed double-digit boards for the fourth time this season. Moreover, the rookie forward earned a career high minute total and has seen at least 30 minutes in 16 of his last 23 appearances.
News: Randle collected 30 points (14-24 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT), nine rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 34 minutes during Monday's 129-125 overtime win against the Mavericks.
Impact: Randle has been a man possessed of late, scoring at least 20 points in five straight games (and 10 of the last 11). Moreover, he continues to provide perhaps the most well-rounded stat lines of his career down the stretch here in 2018-19. For as long as Jrue Holiday (abdomen) is out, Randle is likely to maintain a massive usage rate and makes for an exceptional option across all formats.
News: Davis had 20 points (8-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block in 21 minutes during Monday's 129-125 overtime win against the Mavericks.
Impact: Davis didn't see any extra minutes despite the extra session, but he did deliver very efficient scoring and a well-rounded stat line. Davis could be due for another rest day in the near future despite the lack of back-to-backs over the next week or so.
News: Bluiett (thumb) will not play in Monday's game against the Mavericks.
Impact: Bluiett is still out as he continues to deal with rehab from thumb surgery he underwent. He has yet to make his NBA debut. It's unclear whether or not he will return to action this season.
News: Moore (quad) will not play in Monday's game against the Mavericks.
Impact: Moore will miss sixth straight game as he continues to deal with a bruised left quad. He will continue to be evaluated on a day-to-day basis and should be considered questionable for Wednesday against the Magic.
News: Holiday (abdomen) has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Mavericks.
Impact: Holiday will miss his sixth straight game as he continues to deal with a strained abdomen. Frank Jackson will likely continue to see a larger role in his absence. Holiday should be considered questionable for Wednesday against the Magic.
News: Miller produced 16 points (6-10 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 0-2 FT), four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block over 33 minutes in the Pelicans' loss to the Suns on Saturday.
Impact: Miller totaled his most points and most minutes played since Feb. 4, producing a solid stat line in Saturday's loss. He may have taken on a larger role with Jrue Holiday (abdominal) out and Anthony Davis playing a much smaller role, but Miller can't be counted on for games like this on a regular basis.
News: Payton finished with 16 points (5-12 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 16 assists, 13 rebounds and a steal over 37 minutes in the Pelicans' loss to the Suns on Saturday.
Impact: Payton produced his fourth consecutive triple-double, handing out a career-high 16 assists for the second straight game. In those four games, he's averaged 14.8 points, 13.3 assists and 12.5 rebounds. Payton should continue to put up solid numbers with Jrue Holiday (abdominal) out for at least a few more games.
News: Davis finished with 15 points (6-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 11 rebounds, three steals and a block over 22 minutes in the Pelicans' loss to the Suns on Saturday.
Impact: Davis came up with a double-double despite his limited minutes in Saturday's loss. Although his upside is capped by his scaled-down role, Davis has been very effective on a per-minute basis, averaging 15.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.1 steals in just 20.8 minutes per game over his last 10 contests.
News: Randle totaled 21 points (8-20 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 5-8 FT), 11 rebounds, five assists and a steal over 32 minutes in the Pelicans' loss to the Suns on Saturday.
Impact: Randle followed up his career-high 45 points on Friday with a 21-point double-double on Saturday. The fifth-year pro has flourished in his first season with the Pelicans, averaging 21.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. With Anthony Davis' minutes being limited down the final stretch of the season, Randle has taken on an expanded role, averaging 26.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks over his last 10 games.
News: Okafor will come off the bench Saturday against the Suns, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: With Anthony Davis (rest) returning to the starting five, Okafor will resume his usual role off the bench. In six March appearances, he's averaging 5.5 points and 2.7 rebounds across 12.2 minutes.
News: Davis (rest) wasn't on Saturday's injury report and is a good bet to play against the Suns.
Impact: Davis was held out for rest purposes for Friday's game against Portland. Given that he wasn't included in the injury report, he'll likely return to his usual post trade-deadline role and play around the 21 minutes he's been averaging for his past seven games.
News: Moore (quad) is listed as out for Saturday's game against the Suns.
Impact: Moore's set to miss his fifth-striaght game due to a bruise on his left quad. Initially given a 7-to-10 day timetable, he's on pace to return early next week but will still be considered day-to-day for Monday's tilt with Dallas until more information is known.
News: Smith managed eight points (2-5 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), one rebound, and one assist in 14 minutes during Friday's 122-110 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Smith made his second straight appearance, as Anthony Davis (rest) was sidelined for this one while Jahlil Okafor earned just 12 minutes as the starting center and Cheick Diallo played only 15 minutes off the bench. Assuming Davis is back in the lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Suns, Smith could potentially find himself squeezed out of the rotation once again.
News: Payton produced 14 points (4-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 16 assists, 12 rebounds, and one steal in 41 minutes during Friday's 122-110 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Payton handed out a career high assist total while supplying his third straight triple-double (and fourth through 31 appearances this season). Given that the Pelicans don't seem to be in any rush to bring Jrue Holiday (abdomen) back, Payton is likely to continue earning heavy minutes while owning a high usage rate, which is a promising recipe for plenty of counting stats heading into Saturday's matchup with a Suns team that acquired him last season but let him walk in free agency this past summer.
News: Randle recorded 45 points (20-34 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 3-11 FT), 11 rebounds, six assists, three blocks, and two steals in 42 minutes during Friday's 122-110 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Randle finished with a career high scoring total while swatting a season high in blocks. With Anthony Davis (rest) and Jrue Holiday (abdomen) out, Randle's usage rate was downright ridiculous, and he turned in an incredibly well-rounded stat line. He'll look to keep it rolling during Saturday's matchup against the Suns.
News: Okafor will draw a spot start Friday against Portland, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Okafor will stand in at center in place of Anthony Davis, who is receiving the night off for rest purposes. Okafor was held to a mere two points and three rebounds over 17 minutes in his last start Mar. 8 against Toronto.
News: Davis has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Trail Blazer due to rest purposes.
Impact: Davis will get the night off on the first leg of a back-to-back Friday, as it has been standard over the last few weeks for the All-Star to sit out every third game. Expect Davis to be back in the lineup and playing his typical load of about 21 minutes Saturday, but expect Jahlil Okafor to step back into the starting five in Davis' absence Friday.
News: Moore (quad) is listed as out for Friday's game against the Trail Blazers.
Impact: It's been a week since Moore was given the timetable of 7-to-10 days, and it looks like, with the Pelicans facing a back-to-back set Friday and Saturday, that he will remain out through the weekend. Consider Moore day-to-day for now until New Orleans can provide an additional update on his recovery timetable.
News: Hill had one rebound and one steal in seven minutes during Tuesday's 130-113 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Hill didn't attempt a single shot, though this was his third straight appearance after being a healthy scratch for 13 consecutive contests (from Feb. 6 and Mar. 6). With the Pelicans mostly looking to develop the younger players on the roster down the stretch of 2018-19, Hill is not a very trustworthy option for fantasy purposes.
News: Smith had zero points (0-4 FG, 0-3 3Pt) and three rebounds in six minutes during Tuesday's 130-113 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Smith couldn't find the bottom of the net, though he wasn't shy to say the least. This was actually his first appearance since being acquired by the Pelicans prior to the trade deadline despite the fact that he has been healthy since Feb. 8. In view of this, Smith can be left on waiver wires across all formats.
News: Davis racked up 21 points (9-16 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 21 minutes during Tuesday's 130-113 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Davis did a full day of work while playing less than half the game. He appears intent on giving it his all despite the trade request and subsequently limited playing time, or at least he's trying his best to maintain strong per-game stats. Regardless, Davis is producing impressive numbers lately considering his meager minute totals. With an upcoming back-to-back set this weekend against the Trail Blazers (Friday) and Suns (Saturday), Davis should be expected to sit out the second of those two nights.
News: Payton provided 14 points (6-15 FG, 2-7 3Pt), 15 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, and one block in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 130-113 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Payton hauled in a career high rebounding total while producing his second straight triple-double (and third through 30 appearances this season). The Pelicans are likely to provide an update on the status of Jrue Holiday (abdomen) later in the week, so those considering Payton in daily leagues may want to keep tabs on his backcourt mate heading into the upcoming back-to-back set against the Trail Blazers (Friday) and Suns (Saturday). Still, the potential presence of Holiday probably shouldn't be viewed as a huge deterrent in Payton's quest to fill the box score, especially if the 25-year-old point guard continues to earn such heavy minutes.
News: Miller amassed 10 points (3-9 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven assists, and three rebounds in 29 minutes during Sunday's 128-116 loss to the Hawks.
Impact: Miller finished with a career high assist total while earning the fifth-most minutes on the team. He has scored exactly 10 points in three of the last five games, with the other two being single-digit efforts. Miller remains a decent option in deeper leagues if you're desperate for three-point shooting, otherwise he has little value.
News: Payton pitched in 15 points (6-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, and one block in 31 minutes during Sunday's 128-116 loss to the Hawks.
Impact: Payton produced his second triple-double through 29 appearances this season. He's now averaging a career-high 6.6 assists per game, and Payton is likely to continue being relied upon heavily with Jrue Holiday (abdomen) slated to miss at least another tilt or two.
News: Jackson produced 23 points (10-18 FG, 3-7 3Pt), six rebounds, and two assists in 33 minutes during Sunday's 128-116 loss to the Hawks.
Impact: Jackson has now poured in 20-plus points in consecutive contests. With Jrue Holiday (abdomen) expected to miss at least another game or two, Jackson will likely be relied on heavily once again during Tuesday's bout versus the Bucks.
News: Bertans finished with zero points (0-1 FG) and one assist in six minutes during Sunday's 128-116 loss to the Hawks.
Impact: Bertans played sparingly in his NBA debut, as he was one of two Pelicans to earn single-digit minutes. He has a reputation as a three-point shooter, but he wasn't able to hoist any in this one. Bertans is likely to see more minutes going forward, especially on nights when Anthony Davis sits. However, fantasy owners should take a wait-and-see approach with Bertans, and thus he can be left on waiver wires at least until he starts earning decent minutes.
News: Davis delivered 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt), eight rebounds, four assists, four blocks, and one steal in 21 minutes during Sunday's 128-116 loss to the Hawks.
Impact: Davis filled up the stat sheet while making his return from a one-game absence with back spasms. He continues to produce enough to maintain value across all formats, though there's still only so much he can accomplish while playing less than half the game.
News: Okafor had four points (2-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and three rebounds in eight minutes during Sunday's 128-116 loss to the Hawks.
Impact: Okafor had been listed as questionable after leaving Friday's game with a sprained left ankle. While he was able to give it a go in this one, Okafor earned single-digit minutes for the fourth time in his last six appearances. At this point it seems he's only worthy of consideration on nights that Anthony Davis is resting.
News: Okafor (ankle) has been cleared to play Sunday against the Hawks, Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans' official site reports.
Impact: Okafor will come off the bench after previously being listed as questionable with a left ankle sprain. He's averaging a mere 4.2 points and 2.5 rebounds over his last six games.
News: Davis (back) is listed in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Atlanta, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Impact: Davis was listed as a game-time call after being scratched from Friday's clash with a back issue, but it appears he'll return to game action Sunday. He's logged 22 or fewer minutes in each of his previous seven contests and that trend is expected to continue throughout the remainder of the season.
News: Davis (back) will be a game-time call Sunday against Atlanta, Andrew Lopez of the Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Davis was a late scratch from Friday's game against Toronto, and he'll wait to see how his sore back feels after warmups before making a call on his status. The All-Star has been limited to 21.0 minutes per game in six starts since the break.
News: Bertans will be available to make his Pelicans debut Sunday against the Hawks, Pels radio voice Sean Kelley reports.
Impact: This will be the first game for which Bertans is available after he signed with the Pelicans on the final day in February. The brother of San Antonio's Davis Bertans, Dairis was previously playing with Olimpia Milan in the EuroLeague, where he shot better than 50 percent from three.
News: Bertans (personal) wasn't on Saturday's injury report, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: It remains unclear if Bertans will take the court Sunday, however his absence from Saturday's injury report is encouraging. The Latvian guard, who signed with the Pelicans on February 28th, has yet to play in a game this season while dealing with a personal matter. A clear indication of Bertans availability should be made prior to tipoff Sunday, but even if he's given the green light, Bertans likely won't have a very large role.
News: Okafor (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Impact: Okafor is questionable for Sunday's game against Atlanta after suffering a left ankle sprain in Friday's game against Toronto. If he's unable to go, Cheick Diallo could be in line for heavy minutes with Anthony Davis (back) also listed as questionable.
News: Davis (back) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Hawks.
Impact: Back spasms caused Davis to be a late scratch Friday against the Raptors. He's apparently still dealing with some pain, and he may sit out again over the weekend. More information should arrive after the team goes through some morning activities.
News: Clark chipped in 11 points (5-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt), five assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 27 minutes during Friday's 127-104 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Clark matched his season high in assists while appearing in his second game across the first five March matchups. The absences of Jrue Holiday (abdomen) and E'Twaun Moore (quadriceps) almost certainly played a part in Clark earning this many minutes. Nevertheless, Holiday and Moore are both expected to miss at least another couple games, which could force Clark into regular rotation minutes in the short-term.
News: Randle compiled 18 points (6-15 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 6-7 FT), nine rebounds, and seven assists in 32 minutes during Friday's 127-104 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Randle handed out a team high assist total, stepping up in the absence of Jrue Holiday (abdomen). With Holiday out for at least a week, Randle is likely to assume the role of go-to-guy offensively, which will probably result in plenty of dimes during Sunday's bout with a Hawks team that, like the Pelicans, prefers to play fast.
News: Diallo recorded 16 points (8-15 FG) and 12 rebounds in 24 minutes during Friday's 127-104 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Diallo made the most of the opportunity provided by injuries to Anthony Davis (back spasms) and Jahlil Okafor (ankle), with the former being a late scratch while the latter started but exited the contest early after 17 minutes of action. If Davis and Okafor remain sidelined for Sunday's matchup with the Hawks, Diallo could be called upon to start at center. Regardless, Diallo has managed a double-double in five of the last nine games.
News: Williams amassed nine points (3-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt), five rebounds, five steals, and four assists in 29 minutes during Friday's 127-104 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Williams finished with a career high in steals while filling up the stat sheet across multiple categories. The Pelicans have slotted Williams in at both forward spots and he continues to showcase his versatility on both ends of the court. With a large share of his shot attempts coming from beyond the arc, his overall field goal percentage typically suffers. Nevertheless, Williams is clearly one of the players that the team is funneling minutes toward down the stretch this season, and that's highly unlikely to change.
News: Jackson racked up 20 points (9-20 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 1-3 FT) and six rebounds in 37 minutes during Friday's 127-104 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Jackson joined the starting five with Jrue Holiday (abdomen) out for at least the next week and reached double figures in scoring for the third time in the last four tilts (and fourth in the last six). Jackson isn't much of a distributor, as evidenced by his goose egg in the assist column. However, he's likely to remain aggressive and could be a decent option for Sunday's matchup with a Hawks opponent that likes to get up and down the court.
News: Okafor has been ruled out for the remainder of Friday's game against Toronto due to a left ankle sprain.
Impact: Things are looking bleak for the Pelicans, as they're now without Okafor, Anthony Davis (back), E'Twaun Moore (quad) and Jrue Holiday (abdomen). Look for Cheick Diallo, Julius Randle and Stanley Johnson to shoulder the load in the frontcourt for the remainder of Friday's clash.
News: Bertans (personal) is out for Friday's game against Toronto.
Impact: Bertans is not yet ready to make his Pelicans debut while dealing with a personal matter. His next chance to play will come Sunday in Atlanta.
News: Okafor (ankle) will play and start in Friday's matchup with the Raptors, Daniel Sallerson of the Pelicans Radio Network reports.
Impact: Anthony Davis (back) is a late scratch for the contest, so Okafor will get the starting nod. He has averaged 14.3 points and 7.7 boards across 26.0 minutes in 15 starts this season.
News: Davis is a late scratch for Friday's game against the Raptors due to back spasms.
Impact: There was nothing indicating Davis was dealing with back pain, but it's possible it developed over the course of the day. In his absence Friday, Cheick Diallo figures to see extra run, and Julius Randle could get more usage.
News: Jackson will draw a spot start Friday against the Raptors, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With Jrue Holiday (abdomen) out of the mix Friday, Jackson will draw his first start since Feb. 9 against Memphis. He's averaging 9.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists over his previous seven games as a starter.
News: Moore has been ruled out for 7-to-10 days due to a left quad contusion, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Moore has been dealing with a lingering quad injury for the last few weeks, and apparently what he suffered Wednesday made things worse for the swingman. As a result, he will miss at least the next four games with the potential of being sidelined for even longer. Moore was being phased out of the rotation anyway, but with Jrue Holiday also out at least a week, the Pelicans will be fairly light on quality depth in the backcourt.
News: Okafor is questionable for Friday's game against the Raptors due to a sprained right ankle.
Impact: Okafor has emerged from Wednesday's loss to the Jazz with a sprained ankle. While it doesn't appear to be serious, his status for Friday is in jeopardy. More information may arrive following the Pelicans' morning shootaround.
News: Moore (quad) will not play Friday against the Raptors.
Impact: Moore has been dealing with a quad issue for several weeks now, and it's possible the Pelicans are simply holding him out for maintenance purposes as they limp toward the finish line in the West. Consider Moore day-to-day ahead of Sunday's game in Atlanta.
News: Holiday has been diagnosed with a lower abdominal strain and will be re-evaluated in 7-to-10 days, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Holiday played 32 minutes in Wednesday's loss to Utah, but he emerged with an abdominal injury, and an MRI on Thursday revealed the strain. Given the timetable, Holiday will miss at least four games, meaning second-year guard Frank Jackson will likely be thrust into a larger role. Holiday had been averaging 22.6 points, 6.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds over his last 10 games.
News: Williams went for 12 points (5-11 FG, 2-7 3Pt), six rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 114-104 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: Williams matched Julius Randle for the team high in minutes and snapped a five-game streak of single-digit scoring. The 24-year-old rookie reached double figures in five of six games from Jan. 30 to Feb. 9, but hasn't been able to accomplish that in eight of 10 thereafter. Still, Williams has shown potential on both ends of the floor and continues to earn a lot of minutes. As a result, he may remain a decent option for deeper leagues while receiving a value boost in daily leagues on nights that Anthony Davis is held out.
News: Jackson managed 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-4 3Pt), four rebounds, and one steal in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 114-104 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: Jackson has canned three treys in two of the last four games while sinking two in one of those others. Given that Jackson had hit more than one trey only five times this season prior to this recent stretch, it's safe to say he's becoming more confident in his shooting ability. Moreover, Jackson has reached double figures in scoring in three of the last five games, and he may be worthy of consideration in deeper leagues as the season winds down.
News: Moore had six points (2-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT) and one rebound in 18 minutes during Wednesday's 114-104 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: Moore combined for 13 points (on five-of-14 from the field), two boards, one dime, and one steal across 42 minutes during this home-and-away series with the Jazz, this after sitting out Saturday's win over the Nuggets for rest. Moore has been held to single digits in scoring in four of his last five appearances, and the 30-year-old veteran isn't being relied upon heavily down the stretch as the team looks to develop its younger talent.
News: Okafor had three points (1-3 FG, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in five minutes during Wednesday's 114-104 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: Okafor did about as much damage as one can in such limited action. He came into the game nursing the sprained left ankle that forced him to miss Monday's matchup with the Jazz, so that could've played a part in his minimal minutes load. However, this is the third time in his last four appearances that Okafor has earned eight minutes or less.
News: Okafor (ankle) will be able to play in Wednesday's game against the Jazz, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: After missing Monday's game against Utah due to a left ankle sprain, Okafor will be available for Wednesday's rematch. In 44 appearances this year, Okafor's averaging 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game.
News: Okafor (ankle) will be a game-time call Wednesday against the Jazz, Andrew Lopez of the Times-Picayune reports.
Impact: Okafor remains questionable, and he'll test out his ankle in pregame before the team makes a final call on his status. Okafor was held out of Monday's win over Utah, and his role has fluctuated of late based on the availability of Anthony Davis.
News: Bertans (personal) is listed as out for Wednesday's game against the Jazz.
Impact: Bertans' contract with the Pelicans has been finalized, but the Latvian shooting guard's team debut remains delayed while he tends to the personal matter. Once he gets some time to practice with his new squad, Bertans will likely fill a limited role off the bench.
News: Okafor (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Jazz.
Impact: Okafor missed Monday's game against Utah due to a sprained left ankle, and he's at risk of missing the rematch. More information on his condition may arrive following morning shootaround.
News: Davis scored 15 points (7-14 FG, 1-1 3Pt) while adding 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in 22 minutes during Monday's 115-112 win over the Jazz.
Impact: He sat for the entire fourth quarter, but Davis still found a way to make an impact. The Pelicans seem serious about capping his court time -- over the last nine games, he'd received two DNPs and played no more than 24 minutes when he did suit up -- and while his defensive contributions in particular still give him fantasy value, Davis is unlikely to be an elite asset for the remainder of the season.
News: Randle scored 30 points (10-23 FG, 0-2 3t, 10-12 FT) while adding eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in 39 minutes during Monday's 115-112 win over the Jazz.
Impact: He tied Jrue Holiday for the team scoring lead, and Randle has now dropped at least 20 points in six of eight games since moving into the starting lineup. The 24-year-old is averaging an impressive 25.8 points, 7.4 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.6 three-pointers and 1.3 steals over that stretch, and with Anthony Davis continuing to see limited court time, Randle should remain very productive to close out the regular season.
News: Holiday scored 30 points (12-23 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding four assists, two rebounds and a steal in 32 minutes during Monday's 115-112 win over the Jazz.
Impact: With Anthony Davis getting limited court time these days, Holiday has taken over as the Pelicans' top scoring option, dropping at least 20 points in six of the last eight games and averaging 24.3 points, 6.6 assists, 4.6 boards, 2.9 three-pointers and 1.9 steals over that stretch. The 28-year-old was already on pace for a career year, but Holiday's production could find another gear over the final weeks of the season.
News: Moore (rest) will play Monday against Utah, Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans' official site reports.
Impact: Moore was held out of Saturday's matchup for rest purposes, but he'll be ready to go Monday evening. The former second-round pick is averaging 12.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists over his previous six games.
News: Okafor (ankle) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Jazz, Daniel Sallerson of the Pelicans Radio Network reports.
Impact: It's unclear what when Okafor suffered the ankle injury that caused him to show up on Monday's morning injury report. In his absence, Chieck Diallo and Kenrich Williams could see increased playing time. Okafor's next opportunity to play will be Wednesday against Utah, and he should be considered questionable for that game at this time.
News: Davis (illness) will play Monday against Utah, Daniel Sallerson of the Pelicans Radio Network reports.
Impact: Initial reports indicate that Davis was out Monday, but he will be available and figures to start. Even with Jahlil Okafor (ankle) ruled out, expect Davis to handle his usual workload, although Cheick Diallo could see extended playing time.
News: Davis (illness) has been ruled out of Monday's game against Utah, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: Davis was previously listed as a game-time call due to illness, and the Pelicans have since announced that he won't play in Utah. As a result, Cheick Diallo, Julius Randle and Jahlil Okafor (ankle) figure to see more run.
News: Okafor was added to the Pelicans' injury report for Monday's game against the Jazz with a sprained left ankle.
Impact: It's unclear when Okafor picked up the injury, but he'll now be questionable as the Pelicans enter their first leg of a four-game week. With Anthony Davis (illness) also questionable, there's a chance New Orleans could be left shorthanded up front.
News: Davis is questionable for Monday's game against Utah due to illness, Tony Jones of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Davis was held out for rest purposes Saturday, and he's in jeopardy of missing his second straight contest after coming down with an illness. The Pelicans should clear up his status closer to tipoff.
News: Diallo produced 12 points (6-9 FG), 10 rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one block in 22 minutes during Saturday's 120-112 victory over Denver.
Impact: Diallo ended Saturday's victory with his second straight double-double. The production was nice, however, owners would have been hoping for more playing time given Anthony Davis (rest) was on the sidelines. Diallo continues to play well enough to be considered in standard formats despite the mediocre playing time. He has the ability to contribute across the board and the hope is that his playing time will continue to increase as the season winds down.
News: Payton tallied eight points (3-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 10 assists, and seven rebounds in 32 minutes during Saturday's 120-112 victory over Denver.
Impact: Payton handed out double-digit assists for the second straight game, helping the Pelicans to consecutive victories. Scoring is never going to be a strong aspect to Payton's fantasy game but over the past five games, he is averaging 10.4 assists and 6.6 rebounds. He is not a must-roster player in 12-team leagues but certainly provides value if you are looking for assists and out-of-position rebounds.
News: Holiday totaled 29 points (10-23 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five assists, three rebounds, three steals, and one block in 35 minutes during Saturday's 120-112 victory over the Nuggets.
Impact: Holiday carried more of the offensive load Saturday with Anthony Davis sitting out for rest purposes. Holiday has been fantastic since the break, scoring at least 20 points in four of his last five games. His steal rate has been excellent as has his perimeter scoring. His minutes don't appear to have been reduced all too much despite what the coaching staff has been saying, leaving him as a comfortable top-30 player.
News: Randle finished with 28 points (10-20 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-10 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 38 minutes during Saturday's 120-112 victory over the Nuggets.
Impact: Randle continues to put up big numbers on the offensive end, scoring 28 points on 10-of-20 shooting, adding 10 rebounds and four assists. He has been playing well since the All-Star break but has seen his rebounding numbers decline in that period. Despite the high volume production, Randle is still only the 87th ranked player over the past two weeks due to poor free-throw shooting and a high turnover rate.
News: Okafor will start Saturday's game against the Nuggets, Christian Clark of BSNDenver.com reports.
Impact: With Anthony Davis getting the night off for rest, Okafor will enter the starting five. During his previous start, he played just 13 minutes, posting 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one block.
News: Bertans (not injury related) is expected to make his Pelicans debut sometime next week, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bertans inked a two-year deal with the Pelicans on Feb. 28, opting to head stateside after spending the past three seasons in the EuroLeague. The 53.6 percent three-point shooter will get his things in order before arriving in the United State and playing for the Pelicans.
News: Moore (rest) won't play in Saturday's game against Denver, Will Guillory of The Athletic asreports.
Impact: Moore will be rested for the second-straight Saturday, joining Anthony Davis (rest) on the bench. Look for Frank Jackson and Stanley Johnson to see mild increases in minutes with Moore out.
News: Payton pitched in eight points (4-11 FG), 10 assists, six rebounds, and three steals in 34 minutes during Friday's 130-116 win over the Suns.
Impact: Payton earned a team high minute total and contributed another extremely well-rounded stat line. He has accumulated 42 assists (versus 14 turnovers) across the last four games while earning at least 30 minutes in each contest during this recent stretch. The only blemish has been his field goal percentage, as he has made less than 40 percent of his shots in three of the last four games.
News: Diallo totaled 15 points (7-9 FG, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 21 minutes during Friday's 130-116 win over the Suns.
Impact: Diallo contributed his third double-double across the last six games despite this being his second-highest allotment of minutes during this recent stretch. With Anthony Davis sitting out Saturday's matchup with the Nuggets, Diallo could be in line for an uptick in playing time, though he'll still have to share minutes with Jahlil Okafor.
News: Holiday had 21 points (9-14 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 0-1 FT), nine assists, five rebounds, and two steals in 31 minutes during Friday's 130-116 win over the Suns.
Impact: Holiday continues to carry the club both offensively and defensively, though he did struggle with turnovers (six) in this one. While the team has stated its intent to limit Holiday's minutes going forward this season, the high-octane offensive attack facilitates his ability to produce fantasy-friendly stats.
News: Moore managed 20 points (5-9 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), three rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 22 minutes during Friday's 130-116 win over the Suns.
Impact: Moore was scalding hot, finishing with over twice as many points as field goal attempts. After a strong start to the season, Moore has cooled off considerably since November, with this being just his second 20-point performance since then after posting at least 20 points six times through his first 18 appearances in 2018-19.
News: Davis will play in Friday's game against the Suns but will sit out Saturday's outing in Denver, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It can also be assumed that Davis' minutes will again be limited in Friday's game as the team continues to protect the big man from getting injured before the end of the season. Julius Randle will continue to be the biggest benefactor from Davis' limited play, but with the All-Star out of the lineup Saturday, Jahlil Okafor should get a heavy dose of minutes in Denver.
News: Bertans signed a two-year contract with the Pelicans on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bertans will head stateside after spending the last three seasons playing in the EuroLeague. He started 11 of the 22 games he appeared in with Olimpia Milan this season and averaged just 6.4 ppg, but he did shoot a EuroLeague-best 53.6 percent from behind the arc. The Pelicans are banking he will be as effective as a shooter as younger brother Davis Bertans of the Spurs, who is second in the NBA from three-point range at 46.9 percent.
News: Jackson had 15 points (7-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 125-119 loss to the Lakers.
Impact: Jackson played 29 minutes in Wednesday's loss, coming away with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting. The Pelicans chose to waive Tim Frazier late Wednesday, all but assuring Jackson of the primary backup minutes moving forward. He is not there as a standard league pickup just yet but could be worth a speculative add in deeper formats.
News: Payton compiled six points (3-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 11 rebounds, nine assists, and one block in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 125-119 loss to the Lakers.
Impact: Payton struggled from the field Wednesday, hitting just 3-of-12 from the field, ending with six points. He was able to salvage the line with 11 rebounds and nine assists, demonstrating his upside as an elite rebounding guard. Tim Frazier was waived by the Pelicans late Wednesday, almost ensuring Payton is going to receive solid minutes moving forward.
News: Randle totaled 35 points (11-22 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 11-12 FT), six rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in 40 minutes during Wednesday's 125-119 loss to the Lakers.
Impact: Randle scored a game-high 35 points Wednesday, turning in a strong performance against his former team. He appears locked in for big minutes moving forward with Anthony Davis on his minutes' restriction. The backup players are yet to establish themselves within the rotation meaning Randle is spending time at both the center and power forward positions.
News: Holiday finished with 19 points (8-19 FG, 1-9 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 10 assists, and seven rebounds in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 125-119 loss to the Lakers.
Impact: Holiday contributed 19 points and 10 assists Wednesday, continuing to play big minutes despite comments to the contrary by head coach Alvin Gentry only one week ago. Since word came out the Pelicans were going to limit both he and Anthony Davis, Holiday has played at least 33 minutes in three of four games. Owners have to hope the comments were merely a mirage to take the focus off the Anthony Davis situation, and that Holiday continues to see his regular allotment of playing time moving forward.
News: Davis will again be limited to around 20 minutes in Wednesday's game against the Lakers, Andrew Lopez of NOLA.com reports.
Impact: As has been the case since Davis returned from injury, he'll be limited to roughly 5-to-7 minutes in each of the first three quarters Wednesday, as the Pelicans simultaneously attempt to avert a fine from the league and protect their most valuable asset. All things considered, Davis has still managed to be relatively productive in limited minutes, and he's coming off of an 18-point, six-rebound, two-assist, two-steal, three-block outing in 21 minutes Monday against the Sixers.
News: Miller (ankle) will return for Wednesday night's game against the Lakers, Pelicans' studio host Daniel Sallerson reports.
Impact: Miller sat out the last three games with an ankle injury, but in the words of coach Alvin Gentry, the wing will "give it a go" Wednesday. Miller had been a regular starter before the injury, but it's unclear if he'll come off the bench or replace one of Kenrich Williams or Julius Randle in the starting five.
News: Miller (ankle) is probable for Wednesday's game against Los Angeles.
Impact: Miller has missed three consecutive matchups while nursing a right ankle sprain, but he's expected to return to action Wednesday night. He'd been held to nine or fewer points in each of his previous four contests prior to suffering the injury, so he'll aim to get back on track against the Lakers, who've struggled mightily on defense of late.
News: Randle produced 19 points (6-18 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-9 FT), 13 rebounds, three steals, two blocks, and one assist in 34 minutes during Monday's 111-100 loss to Philadelphia.
Impact: Randle ended Monday's loss with a 19-and-14 double-double, chipping in with production across the board. The Anthony Davis situation should ensure Randle has a strong finish to the season. Given he is going to be the main man in the middle moving forward, owners should expect a top-50 type end to the season, barring any injuries of course.
News: Moore came away with nine points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 20 minutes during Monday's 111-110 loss to the 76ers.
Impact: Moore, who sat out the previous game due to rest, finished with just nine points in 20 minutes Monday. It appears as though Moore is going to be managed moving forward which will make it tough for him to have any fantasy value outside of deeper formats.
News: Payton tallied 10 points (5-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt), 14 assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 30 minutes during Monday's 111-110 loss to Philadelphia.
Impact: Payton handed out a season-high 14 assists Monday, finishing with just his second double-double of the season. As long as he can remain healthy, Payton shouldn't be impacted by the current Anthony Davis situation. He has the ability to contribute in a number of areas on any given night, with consistency being the major hurdle going forward.