Anthony Davis

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) shoots against Detroit Pistons guard Avery Bradley, left, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Veronica Dominach) ORG XMIT: LAVD103

New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said superstar forward Anthony Davis is expected to return from a sprained right ankle injury to play Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers, the coach said two hours before tipoff.

Davis was forced to exit Monday's third quarter after spraining his ankle on a misfired alley-oop attempt. While nursing the injured ankle, Davis did not play in Wednesday's 105-102 loss to the 27-loss Memphis Grizzlies.

"I came down a little funny and just tweaked it," Davis said Friday morning.

"I'm feeling a lot better," he added.

"He'll go through his warm-up routine and we'll have a final decision then," Gentry said, while also adding Davis wouldn't have a minutes restriction if he returned.

"All the indications are that he's probably going to play ... If he plays, obviously there's not going to be any restrictions or anything."

In the Pelicans' two games against Portland this season, Davis has played 5:05 total minutes. Davis left the Oct. 24 loss at Portland with a knee injury and did not play in New Orleans' second trip to Portland with an adductor injury.