The Pelicans return to the Smoothie King Center to face the Philadelphia 76ers at 6 p.m. Sunday. Here are three things to know:
1. DOUBLE VISION
DeMarcus Cousins has recorded 20 double-doubles in 26 games this season, leading the NBA in the versatile category. He’s tied with Minnesota’s Karl Anthony-Towns in total double-doubles but is averaging more points (26.3) and rebounds (12.6) than the Timberwolves star.
2. THE FIRST JOEL
Philadelphia center Joel Embiid will make an appearance in New Orleans, thanks to the 76ers decision-making. The dynamic playmaker has battled injuries throughout his career, which has kept him from playing in games on consecutive days. But coach Brett Brown opted to rest Embiid against the Cavaliers on Saturday, allowing for him to play Sunday.
3. BEN IS BACK
Former LSU star and No. 1 pick Ben Simmons will make his first appearance in Louisiana since his lone season with the Tigers. After sitting out the entire 2016-17 season because of injury, Simmons is a leading candidate for rookie of the year, averaging 17.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.2 steals.