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Jrue Holiday ruled out again Wednesday vs. Bulls [UPDATE]

Pelicans guard was held out of Monday’s game due to elbow contusion.

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday passes as Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. defends during the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center.  Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Jan. 7, 5:58 p.m. — Holiday has been ruled out for a second straight game vs. the Bulls.

So I’d say Ball and Ingram are good GPP plays, while Hart is an OK value option despite the poor outing on Monday.

UPDATE: Jan. 7, 2:21 p.m. — Holiday is considered a game-time decision for Wednesday’s contest vs. the Chicago Bulls.

With Holiday out on Monday, the Pelicans nearly knocked off the Jazz. We saw Josh Hart start in place of Holiday and score eight points with only one assist, so he was held in check. Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram both played over 37 minutes and had strong performances. Ball posted a 21-7-8 line, while Ingram scored 35 points with eight boards and five assists. E’Twaun Moore also saw 28 minutes off the bench, scoring 13 points with seven boards.

UPDATE: Jan. 6, 3:11 p.m. — Holiday has been ruled out vs. the Jazz.

So with Holiday ruled out, I threw out a few names already. Hart, Ball and Moore all get a slight boost, plus Brandon Ingram will get more usage.

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday is questionable to play Monday vs. the Utah Jazz due to an elbow contusion.

This is a relatively new injury for Holiday and it sort of came out of no where. It could be a tactic to get him some additional rest as to not risk actual injury, which could hamper any potential trade talks moving forward.

The Pelicans have been starting three guards, so if Holiday sits, we should see Josh Hart jump into the starting lineup. He’s been playing the most minutes off the bench for NOLA. Coach Alvin Gentry could also opt for veteran E’Twaun Moore, who has started for the Pels in the past and has also seen an uptick in playing time. Holiday’s absence would also boost the stock of Lonzo Ball and J.J. Redick, though Utah has been playing excellent defense lately.