Anthony Davis isn't expected to spend his 25th birthday on the bench.
Davis, New Orleans' superstar forward who turned 25 on Sunday, is expected to return from a one-game absence after spraining his left ankle Wednesday in Sacramento, coach Alvin Gentry said hours before tipoff.
"I think so," Gentry said. "But obviously we won't say definitely until he goes through his pregame warmup and we'll see. I feel pretty confident that I think he'll play."
Davis, who Gentry said Saturday would be a game-time decision, did not play in Friday's 116-97 loss against the Washington Wizards — New Orleans' first defeat since Feb. 9.
Davis is expected to test the ankle shortly before Sunday's 3 p.m. tipoff against the Utah Jazz to officially determine if he's able to go. If he plays, Davis will not have a minutes restriction, Gentry said.
The decision for Davis to sit Friday was made shortly before tipoff, Davis said. The All-Star said he even tried some "different tape jobs" but was still being bothered enough by the ankle, forcing him to miss a seventh game because of an injury this season.
"Feels good," Davis said. "Did some light stuff [Saturday]. Will do some more stuff [today] and see how it is. But it feels a lot better."