Pelicans hope Davis returns vs. Jazz

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New Orleans Pelicans hope to have young star Anthony Davis back in the lineup Tuesday versus the Utah Jazz.

Davis suffered a bruised chest in the first quarter of Friday's win over Cleveland and did not return. He then missed Sunday's 128-122 overtime loss to the streaking Golden State Warriors and is questionable tonight.

The talented big man is averaging 24.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocks.

New Orleans had the Warriors, the NBA's best team, on the ropes and was outscored by a 17-11 difference in OT. Warriors guard Stephen Curry poured in 34 points and Klay Thompson added 29.

Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday scored 34 and 30 points, respectively, in defeat and Ryan Anderson netted 15 for the Pelicans, who shot 46.5 percent and had won three of their previous four games.

New Orleans shot better than 50 percent over the first three quarters, but was a combined 11-of-30 in the fourth quarter and overtime.

"Our guys fought their tails off tonight, we just came up short," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said.

Evans is averaging 16.9 ppg and has scored 30 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. Evans tallied 31 points in the win over the Cavaliers.

The Pelicans are 7-3 at home and will visit Houston next on Thursday.

Utah has lost five in a row on the road and opened a nine-day, six-game trek with Sunday's 93-84 setback to the Washington Wizards.

Alec Burks scored 19 points, Gordon Hayward added 16 and Trey Burke finished with 15 points for the Jazz, who made only 38.5 percent and lost for the 11th time in the past 12 games. The Jazz are 2-9 on the road and their 17 turnovers led to 25 Washington points.

"They took better care of the ball and executed better," Jazz first-year head coach Quin Snyder said. "We shot ourselves in the foot."

The Jazz will also visit Miami, Orlando, Charlotte and Memphis on the jaunt.

Utah forward Derrick Favors missed the game with an ankle injury suffered Friday against the Heat. Favors played about 10 minutes and is averaging 15.2 points and 8.2 rebounds. He is questionable against the Pelicans.

The Jazz and Pelicans will play the second of three meetings this season, and New Orleans tallied a 106-94 triumph in Salt Lake City on Nov. 22 thanks to Davis' career-best 43 points on 16-of-23 shooting and 14 rebounds. Hayward countered Davis with 31 points in that one for Utah.

Utah and New Orleans split the 2013-14 regular season series 2-2.