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Pelicans SF Brandon Ingram IN for Saturday’s contest vs. Grizzlies

New Orleans is struggling with its top scorer hurt. We break down the fantasy basketball and betting implications.

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Brandon Ingram of the New Orleans Pelicans stands on the court prior to the start of a NBA game against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter of a NBA game at Smoothie King Center on October 29, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Update: After missing seven games with a hip injury, Ingram will play in Saturday’s game against the Grizzlies. The forward will be on a minutes limit, but this is great news for New Orleans.

Update: Ingram is out for Friday’s game against the Nets. This is his seventh straight missed game, and the Pelicans have really struggled without him. This could be another long night for New Orleans.

Update: Ingram is out for Wednesday’s game against the Thunder. This is now the sixth straight missed game for Ingram, who won’t play despite some questionable and game-time decision designations from the Pelicans ahead of recent games. New Orleans continues to be down its two best players early in the season.

Update: Ingram is questionable for Monday’s contest, and it has seemed like he’s been close to playing before ultimately being ruled out. Let’s see if the small forward comes back against the Mavericks.

Update: Ingram is once again out for New Orleans’ Wednesday contest against the Kings with a hip injury. This seems like a bigger setback than what the Pelicans are making it seem like, listing Ingram as questionable prior to every game before ruling him out. Let’s see if he makes any progress heading into Friday’s game against the Warriors.

Update: Ingram is out for Tuesday’s contest against the Suns. The small forward was listed as questionable earlier, but ultimately will sit with a hip injury. The Pelicans become even bigger underdogs to the Suns in this game, while Ingram’s fantasy managers will have to look elsewhere for points.

Update: The Pelicans have listed Ingram as questionable for the team’s contest Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns. Ingram did not play in the team’s contest against the Knicks Saturday, so him progressing to “questionable” is a good development for New Orleans.

Update: Ingram is officially out for the contest against the Knicks. He was doubtful to play, so his inactive status is not a surprise.

The New Orleans Pelicans could be without their leading scorer Saturday against the New York Knicks. Small forward Brandon Ingram, who is averaging 25.0 points per game, is listed as doubtful for the contest with a right hip contusion. The budding star could potentially play through the injury but it’s likely he misses the game.

Brandon Ingram injury: Fantasy basketball impact

Ingram is the team’s leading scorer, so his absence would have major ramifications for the Pelicans. Jonas Valanciunas is likely the biggest beneficiary of Ingram missing the contest from a production standpoint. Trey Murphy and Nickeil Alexander-Walker are going to get most of the perimeter work, so they’re both potential value plays in DFS and fantasy lineups.

Betting impact

The Knicks are 8-point favorites with the news that Ingram is doubtful. There’s no reason to back New Orleans on this line, with Zion Williamson also out. New York is the superior team and has been playing better to start the season. Even if Ingram does suit up and play through the injury, back the Knicks against the spread in this game.