New Orleans Pelicans All-Star power forward Anthony Davis will play in Tuesday night's game against the Utah Jazz, the Pelicans said after the team's morning shoot-around practice.
“It's always good to see Anthony back on the court,” point guard Jrue Holiday said after the shoot-around.
Davis experienced a chest contusion during the Pelicans' home game Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, leaving the game at the 5:30 mark, wincing and holding his chest. He did not return.
He then was held out of Sunday's overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors at Smoothie King Center, when he said he was still feeling a lot of pain in his chest.
Davis scored a career-high 43 points in the first meeting against the Jazz on Nov. 22 in Salt Lake City, making 16 of 23 shots from the field.
The Pelicans released a statement saying Davis “is expected to play tonight against the Utah Jazz.” However, a team spokesman confirmed that he definitely will play.
He was listed as questionable on Monday by the Pelicans.
Utah power forward Derrick Favors also is listed as questionable. Favors' right ankle was sprained in Friday's game vs. Miami. He sat out Sunday's game at Washington.
Pelicans guard Eric Gordon, whose left labrum was torn in the first game at Utah, is out. Gordon, who said it likely will be out another three to four weeks, has missed 11 games.
The Pelicans (11-12) are in the eighth playoff spot in the competitive Western Conference race. Utah (4-18) have lost 11 of their past 12 games.