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Game 48: New Orleans Pelicans aim to stop Detroit Pistons for regular season series sweep

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Anthony Davis is out, but the Pelicans have had success with or without the superstar against Detroit.

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Detroit Pistons Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Since the Anthony Davis era began, the New Orleans Pelicans have owned the Detroit Pistons — even when AD sits.

Overall, the Pelicans are 12-1 against the Pistons since the start of the 2012-13 season, including a perfect 2-0 when Davis has missed the matchup. With AD out of the lineup for a second consecutive game, can New Orleans make it 3-0 after tonight?

If so, they’ll have to do it with a laboring E’Twaun Moore. The Pelicans usual starter at small forward is banged up and will see limited action per head coach Alvin Gentry. There’s a good chance that he’ll miss tomorrow’s matchup in OKC against the Thunder as well.

For Detroit, Andre Drummond is a game-time decision.

In other Pelicans news, Adrian Wojnarowski published an article stating that Davis could return as soon as next week, pending a favorable evaluation.

Davis will be reevaluated on Friday -- one week from suffering the injury -- and then again every 48 to 72 hours, Paul told ESPN.

This information sounds infinitely more positive than what we heard from Shams Charania yesterday!

For more on today’s matchup, please give Preston’s preview a read.

Geaux Pels!

Where To Watch

What: New Orleans Pelicans (22-25) at Detroit Pistons (20-26)

Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

When: Wednesday, January 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Central

How: FSNO, 99.5 FM WRNO

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