The Anthony Davis for MVP bandwagon continues to grow after the New Orleans Pelicans picked up their 10th straight win Wednesday night against the Sacramento Kings.
On Friday, the Pelicans will host the fourth-placed team from the east, the Washington Wizards. But on Thursday afternoon, the Pelicans did get some good news after Davis underwent another MRI. X-rays on Davis' left ankle returned negative.
Davis was already one of the top players in the game, but he's reached a new level with Cousins out and his teammates have followed his lead.
The Houston Rockets' 17-game win streak would seem to make James Harden even more of a favorite to win the NBA's Most Valuable Player award this season, but one of his rivals isn't convinced. In these games they have scored 113.7 points per 100 possessions and conceded just 105.8 points, giving them an overall net rating of 8.0, 5.0 points better than their net rating over the course of the season.
Davis, who left the game for good with 3:11 left in the third quarter, had his lowest point total during the win streak. And both of those years, he's lost to like historic seasons.
Davis, meanwhile, is averaging 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. When the sides met earlier in the season, he put up 37 points to go with nine rebounds in 37 minutes of action.
The second quarter did not get any better for the Kings as the Pelicans continued to stomp on the accelerator.
If Cauley-Stein and Fox can't go, that would be a blow to the Kings' chances in this game, but Sacramento wouldn't be the only team short-handed in this contest. For most of the game, they were manhandled by New Orleans on both ends of the court.
Without Davis and center DeMarcus Cousins, the Pelicans will have lean heavily on recently acquired center Emeka Okafor and on forwards Nikola Mirotic and Cheick Diallo, who have been major contributors during the streak.