National Basketball Association
New Orleans at Utah
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 28, 2015
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

New Orleans star Anthony Davis is in jeopardy of sitting out with a knee injury when the Pelicans visit the Utah Jazz on Saturday. Davis suffered a bruised right knee during a controversial play in Friday's 111-90 road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Davis was injured near midcourt when Clippers point guard Chris Paul was dribbling and appeared to veer into Davis and the collision sent Davis sprawling to the floor in the pain. He had to be carried to the locker room by two teammates while other New Orleans players and assistant coach Robert Pack were vehemently upset at Paul. Utah forward Gordon Hayward is coming off his best outing of the season as he scored a season-high 33 points in Wednesday's 102-91 road victory against the Clippers. The Jazz topped 100 points for the second time all season and look to get on a run with their next four games and six of seven at home.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN New Orleans, ROOT (Utah)

ABOUT THE PELICANS (4-12): Davis operated at will in his two appearances against Utah last season as he averaged 37 points and 11.5 rebounds, including one outing in which he scored a career-best 43 points. New Orleans had a three-game winning streak halted against the Clippers and whether the club will have to play without Davis on Saturday should be known by the mid-day shootaround. "It's part of the NBA. He's hurt and we'll see where it goes," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said afterward. "If he doesn't play, then we'll put somebody else in and they'll have to step up. That's what it is."

ABOUT THE JAZZ (7-7): Hayward got off to a sluggish start but has found his stride and is averaging 22.8 points over the past four games. He had three stellar efforts against New Orleans last season — averages of 26.7 points, six rebounds and 5.3 assists — and could be in line for another one after ending his early-season struggles. "I'm sorry for laughing at that question," Utah coach Quin Snyder said when fielding one about Hayward's struggles. "But any criticism in Gordon's direction has simply been misplaced."


1. The Pelicans have won four of the past six meetings.

2. New Orleans G Tyreke Evans (knee) continues to be held out but might make his season debut against the Jazz.

3. SG Rodney Hood (back) and backup PG Trey Burke (back) are questionable for Saturday's game.

PREDICTION: Jazz 96, Pelicans 92
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
New Orleans 4-12 L1 3-4 1-8 1-1 3-11 2-1 4-7
Utah 7-7 W1 2-2 5-5 0-0 7-7 1-2 3-3
Last Meeting
New Orleans Utah
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/9/15 UTA 100 NO 96 96 40 41.8 100 47 41.9
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New Orleans E. Gordon 31 64.3 6
Utah G. Hayward 32 45.5 9
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New Orleans O. Asik 8 3 5
Utah E. Kanter 11 5 6
Assists Player  
New Orleans T. Evans 10
Utah G. Hayward 8
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New Orleans A. Davis 440 47.4 109
Utah G. Hayward 326 42.2 78
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New Orleans A. Davis 194 39 155
Utah R. Gobert 168 50 118
Assists Player  
New Orleans I. Smith 132
Utah R. Neto 53
Quickchart Matchup
New Orleans Off vs  Utah Defense
102.4 Points For
93.6 Points Against
44.2 FG%
44.2 FG%
41.8 Reb
39.6 Reb
Utah Off vs  New Orleans Defense
95.1 Points For
109.4 Points Against
43.7 FG%
46.6 FG%
39.6 Reb
45.9 Reb