Anthony Davis returns to Pelicans' lineup after 1-game absence

Utah (37-30) demonstrated why it's been one of the NBA's best teams in recent weeks, coming from behind in the second half to overtake New Orleans by a 116-99 margin Sunday. He is the latest player to record a triple double with blocks since Hassan Whiteside did it in February of 2016, according to Basketball-Reference. This huge game from Davis only goes to show how good he is on both ends of the floor, as he recorded a triple-double line that included a double-digit production in blocks.

He also added 25 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals to his incredible stat line.

"I think so", Gentry said. "I feel pretty confident that I think he'll play". If he plays, Davis will not have a minutes restriction, Gentry said. "But it feels a lot better".

He surely can't have been at 100% but he played through any pain and that may have contributed to his shooting struggles. He then sat out Friday night against Washington, which handed the Pelicans their first loss in 11 games.

Over his past 11 games, Davis has scored 40 or more points on five occasions, which represents a major challenge for a Utah team that boasts a triumvirate of top-flight interior defenders in the form of Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors and Jae Crowder.

But even after back-to-back defeats, the Pels are still in the fourth spot in the west with a 38-28 record and are still firmly in contention for a playoff place in a hugely competitive race in the west.

Vanessa Coleman