Without Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans were overmatched by the Toronto Raptors earlier this week, unable to effectively rebound or hold a 14-point lead.

Despite the deflating 107-100 loss, Pelicans coach Monty Williams feels much better about heading into Friday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks, who are on a five-game winning streak.

After missing Wednesday's game with an upper respiratory infection, Davis will back in the starting lineup against the Hawks.

After losing three of their last four and with Saturday night's home game looming against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, getting Davis back couldn't have come at a better time.

''We're really happy to have A.D. back,'' Williams said. ''But it's not all on him. Everybody got to go out there and do their job.''

But no one on the Pelicans' roster has done their job quite like Davis has this season with 15 games remaining. In his last game, Davis scored a career-high 40 points and grabbed 21 rebounds in Sunday's 121-120 overtime victory against the Boston Celtics.