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Anthony Davis to play, Dante Cunningham expected to start in Pelicans preseason opener versus Bulls

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New Orleans welcomes the rebuilding Chicago Bulls.

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The New Orleans Pelicans will kick off their 2017-18 preseason schedule against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday evening. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7 pm Central inside the Smoothie King Center, but for those not attending, the action can be heard locally on WRNO 99.5 FM or viewed on NBA League Pass via Chicago’s feed. (Fox Sports New Orleans is not planning to televise any of the Pelicans four preseason games.)

Earlier on Monday, head coach Alvin Gentry reassured the media that Anthony Davis will play against the Bulls. In case you missed it, Davis was forced to leave Saturday’s open practice early with a right shoulder issue, but at the time it was never believed to be anything serious.

“Oh, he’s fine, he’s fine,” said Gentry. “I would say that between he and DeMarcus, they’ll play anywhere between 22-28 minutes.”

As for the mystery starter at small forward, Gentry expects Dante Cunningham to join Davis, Cousins, Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo.

“More than likely, it will be Dante,” said Gentry. “I think he’s got 15 minutes that he can play, so more than likely we’ll start him at that spot.”

After trading away Jimmy Butler and waiving Dwyane Wade and Rondo, the Bulls are in the midst of a roster rebuild. According to Will Perdue of CSN Chicago, he believes Kris Dunn, Justin Holiday, Paul Zipser, Nikola Mirotic and Robin Lopez could be the regular season opening day starters. If this holds true, this might mean that the Holiday brothers will square off against each other at shooting guard on Tuesday. Could we see a little sibling rivalry?

Either way, NBA basketball is back in the Crescent City after nearly a six month layoff. So, although the games don’t count yet, who cares! Geaux Pels!!!