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Washington Wizards vs New Orleans Pelicans: Lineups, preview & prediction 3/9/18

Washington Wizards vs New Orleans Pelicans: Lineups, preview & prediction 3/9/18

Davis exited Wednesday's 114-101 win at Sacramento because of the sprained ankle in the third quarter and did not return.

The New Orleans Pelicans have reeled off a franchise-record-tying 10 consecutive victories, but on Friday night they face the prospect of hosting the Washington Wizards without All-Star forward Anthony Davis.

Jrue Holiday added 23, Davis scored 17, E'Twaun Moore had 15 and Ian Clark 11 as the Pelicans finished sweeping a four-game road trip to extend the second-longest current win streak in the National Basketball Association.

The Pelicans are now 0-4 in their past four games against the Wizards, and have lost 11 of their past 12 games versus Washington.

If Davis continues at his current pace and the Pelicans capture the third seed in the Western Conference despite Cousins' injury, National Basketball Association voters will have an impossible decision on their hands having to decide between him, LeBron and Harden.

It was the second time in as many games that he was forced out of action before the final buzzer. Jrue Holiday, who has scored 19+ points over the last 10 games will take on an even bigger role with Davis out, so look for him to try and carry the torch as the Pels try and keep their streak alive. The Wizards, with a record of 37-28, are 1.5 games behind the Cavaliers in third, but just 3.5 games from eighth.

The health of Davis - This is the single most important factor in this game.

Although X-rays taken on Davis' ankle were negative, coach Alvin Gentry sounded cautious. The season Steph beat him, Steph was just off the charts. To that end, they could be getting some unexpected help on Friday. New Orleans was lights out from beyond the arc (11-26; 42.3 percent).

The team will likely be without Davis for that game, however, after he sprained his ankle during the win against the Sacramento Kings. Holiday averages 5.8 assists for the season, but in his past ten games has averaged 8.5 assists (including a huge 17 dimes two games ago against the Clippers) to go with 24.9 points.


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