Jazz-Pelicans Preview

The only thing worse for the New Orleans Pelicans than a 35-point drubbing that halted their potential playoff push was witnessing the hard fall Anthony Davis took in the second quarter.

The Pelicans hope Davis' latest absence is a short one, but they won't have him - and may not have Ryan Anderson - Monday night as they try to pick up their seventh win in eight home meetings against the Utah Jazz.

Seeking its eighth victory in 10 games as it battles Phoenix and Oklahoma City for the West's final playoff spot, New Orleans was tied at 35 with Chicago late in the second quarter on Saturday before Davis fell awkwardly after dunking an alley-oop pass.

The MVP candidate had to take himself out of the game moments later, and the Bulls outscored the Pelicans 72-37 the rest of the way in dealing the Pelicans (27-24) back-to-back losses at Smoothie King Center for the first time since April.

Davis, who ranks among the league leaders with 24.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, had his sore right shoulder tucked in a sling after the game. New Orleans announced Monday that Davis would sit out against the Jazz (18-33), and his status for Wednesday's game against Indiana - the last one before the All-Star break - remains unknown.

"We've just got to play the basketball we know how to play," Tyreke Evans said after Monday's shootaround. "We didn't do that last game when he got hurt, it kind of went south, but (Utah) plays hard so we've got to be ready to bring it."

The loss of Davis could be a particularly big one against the Jazz. He's totaled 74 points and 25 rebounds while shooting 28 of 38 from the field in leading New Orleans to wins in both matchups this season.

Anderson likely would have moved into the starting lineup with Davis out, but he's doubtful for this one as he deals with elbow soreness. He finished with four points on 1-of-11 shooting Saturday after averaging 17.6 and hitting 17 of 39 (43.6 percent) from 3-point range over his previous seven games.

That likely means even more minutes for Dante Cunningham, who played 22 without scoring a point against the Bulls.

Anderson scored 28 and made six 3-pointers as the Pelicans shot 59.5 percent Dec. 16 in a 119-111 home win over Utah. They also won 106-94 in Salt Lake City on Nov. 22.

Evans has totaled 41 points and 21 assists in two home matchups since joining New Orleans in 2013-14.

Utah's Gordon Hayward has averaged 22.5 points over his past four meetings, and he's playing well heading into this contest after scoring 23.0 per game and making 18 of 39 (46.2 percent) from beyond the arc in his last nine.

''There's times he makes it look easy because he doesn't look like he's (exerting himself), but he's competing,'' coach Quin Snyder said. ''He's playing with a lot of confidence right now.''

Hayward had 30 points Saturday as the Jazz snapped a three-game skid with a 102-90 home win over Sacramento. Derrick Favors finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Enes Kanter added 17 and 13.

Kanter scored a season-high 29 in the last visit to New Orleans as Favors was sidelined with a sprained right ankle.

Utah, which shot 50.0 percent Saturday, might be able to replicate that efficiency against a New Orleans team that has allowed 107.3 points per game and 49.6 percent shooting in its last three.

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