Anthony Davis will face off against his former team for the first time on Wednesday night, when the Lakers travel to New Orleans for a nationally-televised matchup against the Pelicans.
The Pelicans traded Davis to the Lakers this offseason. As part of the deal, Los Angeles sent Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks to New Orleans.
So far, the trade has paid off in a big way for the Lakers, as they are currently 15-2 and riding the wave of an eight-game winning streak.
Davis says he doesn't get nervous before games, but he admits that this one is a bit different:
“It's going to be fun … It's going to be a fun game,” Davis said, via CBS Sports. “I think that's a game of the year for me. Just because I've never been through it. I never get nervous before a game, but I'll probably be nervous [before] that game.”
Though he was the face of the Pelicans franchise, Davis is expecting to hear boos from the crowd:
“Every time I touch the ball, there are probably going to be boos,” Davis said Monday following the Lakers’ 114-104 win over the San Antonio Spurs, via USA Today.
Davis is off to a fantastic start to this season. In his 16 appearances with the Lakers, the former No. 1 overall pick has racked up averages of 25.2 points on 47.4 percent shooting from the field (33.9 percent from beyond the arc), 9.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and a career-high 2.9 blocks in 34.8 minutes per outing.
Wednesday night's Lakers-Pelicans game is set to tip inside the Smoothie King Center at 9:30 p.m. ET, with ESPN having live broadcast coverage.