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Pelicans SF Brandon Ingram doubtful Tuesday vs. Cavaliers

The forward will not return in Sunday’s game. We break down the fantasy basketball and betting implications.

New Orleans Pelicans v Oklahoma City Thunder
Brandon Ingram of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts to a play during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 26, 2021 at Paycom Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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Update, Dec. 27 — Ingram is being listed as doubtful to play in Tuesday’s game vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers. He had to leave due to an Achilles injury. The fact Ingram is just doubtful and hasn’t been ruled out long-term is encouraging. Hart is also questionable to play due to an ankle injury.

Hart went for 29 points and 10 rebounds on Sunday against the Thunder. He’ll be a popular DFS option if he’s able to play with Ingram sitting. Veteran forward Garrett Temple also got a ton of run off the bench and scored 22 points. He can heat up from outside.

The New Orleans Pelicans will be without small forward Brandon Ingram for the rest of Sunday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Ingram left the game with an Achilles injury and will not return. Ingram’s absence is compounded by the fact the Pelicans don’t have Zion Williamson on the court.

Brandon Ingram injury: Fantasy basketball impact

Ingram is the top scorer on New Orleans, so replacing him is going to be a tough task. Look for Jonas Valanciunas to get more touches once he recovers from his non-COVID illness but this is the time for Trey Murphy and Josh Hart to start developing offensively.

Betting impact

The Pelicans weren’t drawing much attention in futures markets or on a daily basis, so bettors can keep fading this team. If Ingram is out for an extended period of time, the Pelicans will be in contention for the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA draft.