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Different lineup, same results for the Pelicans

New Orleans mixed up its starting lineup looking to end an eight-game losing streak. That didn’t exactly work out in a loss to the Pistons on Monday.

Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Pelicans Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images

The Pelicans have a had a rough go lately. Tonight’s narrow loss extends their losing streak to nine games. Attempting to get back on track, they made waves by starting Kenrich Williams ($3,500) and Jahlil Okafor ($3,400) ahead of Lonzo Ball ($5,200) and Jaxson Hayes ($4,200). Benching Ball will certainly make headlines and he had a poor game in his new role, finishing with 20.25 DKFP. For the Pelicans, it was a move that likely needed to happen. Their offense scores 4.0 more points per 100 possessions and the defense allows 2.8 fewer points per 100 possessions when he’s off the court. As per usual, Brandon Ingram ($7,500) is led the way for the Pels with 45 DKFP.

Even though they won, the Pistons didn’t return much fantasy value. The only decent game came from Derrick Rose ($5,600). A Sixth Man of the Year Award candidate, Rose topped 20 points for the first time in five games and scored 36.75 DKFP. He covered for Blake Griffin ($7,200), who had one of the worst games of his career. Despite the win, Blake scored just five points on 11.1% shooting from the field. This resulted in a season-low 11.5 DKFP.