New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis says he expects to play in Monday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks after missing one game with a groin injury.
Davis missed the team’s 108-103 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday because of a groin strain he sustained two nights earlier when he collided with Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried.
Davis is the Pelicans' leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker this season, averaging a career-high 24.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in 42 games. He missed three games earlier this month because of a toe injury.
Davis, who will start for the Western Conference in the All-Star game on Feb. 15, leads the NBA in Player Efficiency Rating, total blocks and blocked shots per game.
Monday's game is the fifth of a six-game homestand for New Orleans (25-22), which trails the Phoenix Suns by two games for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Atlanta (40-8) has won 19 games in a row and leads the East by seven games over the Toronto Raptors.
- Scooby Axson