Pelicans' Anthony Davis (groin) expects to return Monday vs. Hawks

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Monday February 2nd, 2015

New Orleans Pelicans All-Star power forward Anthony Davis told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he expects to play in Monday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks.

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.

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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.

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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.

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