The Pelicans travel to Sacramento to face the Kings at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Here are three things to know:
1. STAT STUFFER
DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are the only players since 2010 to record at least 39 points, 13 rebounds, three rebounds, three assists and three blocks in a single game. Cousins did it in Tuesday’s loss to the Blazers and Davis has previously accomplished the versatile feat twice in his career.
2. BUDDY BALL
Former Pelicans first-round pick Buddy Hield will face his former team. Hield went to Sacramento as linchpin of the DeMarcus Cousins trade and made significant improvement, boosting his 3-point percentage from 36.9 to 42.8 as a member of the Kings. Hield has struggled to start this season, converting just 5-of-21 attempts.
3. BANGED UP
It’s unclear exactly how much time Anthony Davis (left knee) will miss, but if he’s unavailable for Thursday’s game, it would leave New Orleans without six different players just eight days into the season. The Pelicans are already missing Rajon Rondo (core muscle), Alexis Ajinca (right knee), Solomon Hill (hamstring), Omer Asik (illness) and Frank Jackson (right foot) for several weeks.