Davis fractured his hand on Dec. 1 against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. At the time, he was said to be out four to six weeks. His return would be a huge boost to the 11-11 Pelicans, who are 11th in the Western Conference.
Before the injury, Davis was far and away New Orleans' best player and performing at a higher level than almost anyone in the league. On the season he's averaging 18.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 steals and a league-leading 3.6 blocks per game.
New Orleans has gone 3-3 in his absence, with power forward Ryan Anderson playing big minutes and shouldering a heavy scoring load. The Pelicans are in the midst of a five-game road trip, which will end on Dec. 23 in Sacramento. They'll then play the Denver Nuggets at home on Dec. 27.