Not one but two of New Orleans Pelicans star forwards could be out with ankle sprains against the Indiana Pacers. Zion Williamson, who was questionable entering tonight, is a going to be a true game-time decision while Brandon Ingram, who was doubtful, has already been ruled out by head coach Alvin Gentry.
Josh Hart is expected to take the place of Ingram in the starting lineup.
Welp, it’ll be on the rest of team to carry the load, with the biggest amount of responsibility likely falling on Jrue Holiday. He has been in a bit of a funk since returning from an elbow injury though, having shot better than 50% from the field just three times in nine games since January 20th.
We should expect for Jrue to receive solid help from JJ Redick, Lonzo Ball, E’Twaun Moore and Josh Hart, but at least one of these guys needs to really pick up the scoring slack and go for a figure north of 20 points. And, of course, Derrick Favors is going to need to hold the fort down in the paint against Domantas Sabonis.
For the Pacers, they’ll be practically at full strength, with TJ Warren returning to the lineup.
T.J. Warren has cleared the concussion protocol and will start tonight vs Pelicans. He’s missed the last three games.— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) February 8, 2020
For more on tonight’s matchup, please give Jamile’s preview a read.
Where To Watch/Listen
What: New Orleans Pelicans (21-31) vs Indiana Pacers (31-21)
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
When: Saturday, February 8th, 2019 6:30 PM CST
Watch: FOX Sports New Orleans
Listen: ESPN Radio 100.3 FM