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Pelicans' Davis out sick, Raptors' Valanciunas sidelined by sore back

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    New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Davis finished the game with a career high 40 points and 21 rebounds. The Pelicans won 121-120.(AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman) (The Associated Press)

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    New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, drives against Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 16, 2014. The New Orleans Pelicans won 121-120. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman) (The Associated Press)

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    Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) rebounds against Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee (22) during first-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Sunday March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn) (The Associated Press)

Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis and Raptors starting center Jonas Valanciunas have been ruled out for Wednesday night's game between Toronto and New Orleans.

Pelicans spokesman Matt Ryan says Davis, who is coming off career highs of 40 points and 21 rebounds in a victory over Boston on Sunday, has an upper respiratory infection.

Valanciunas had been listed as questionable with a sprained lower back, and coach Dwane Casey says the 6-foot-11 center is unable to play in New Orleans.

Casey says the injury means Tyler Hansbrough and Chuck Hayes will see more opportunities for playing time.

Valanciunas has played in 66 games this season, averaging 10.5 points and 8.4 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game.

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