The Pelicans host the Oklahoma City Thunder at 7 p.m. Monday in the Smoothie King Center. Here are three things to know:
1. RELIEF WITH RONDO
Since point guard Rajon Rondo returned to New Orleans' starting lineup on Nov. 15, the Pelicans' other starting guard, Jrue Holiday, has increased his production in more of an off-ball role with Rondo at the point. Holiday has shot 51.9 percent from the field in two games since Rondo's return to the lineup. As New Orleans' starting point guard in 14 games without Rondo, Holiday shot 45.3 percent from the floor.
2. BOOGIE WITHOUT THE BROW
Should Anthony Davis (right orbital contusion) miss Monday's game, it would mark Davis' second absence this season because of an injury. Davis missed New Orleans' 114-106 win on Oct. 26 versus the Sacramento Kings with a knee injury. Cousins, Davis' counterpart, posted 41 points and 23 rebounds in 44 minutes, all season highs, against the Kings without Davis on the floor.
3. ASSISTS FOR ALL
The Pelicans rank third in the NBA with an average of 26.0 assists per game. New Orleans, which tallied 32 assists on 48 made field goals Friday against the Nuggets, is recording an assist on 63.6 percent of its made baskets.