Brooks says the decision is meant to provide his star point guard with extra rest after the playoff-bound Thunder played in Indianapolis on Sunday. Reggie Jackson is slated to start in Westbrook's place.
Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans, who did not play Saturday night in Houston because of a right knee bruise, is scheduled to be in the starting lineup when New Orleans tries to snap an eight-game skid against the Thunder.
Pelicans coach Monty Williams says he does not expect point guard Brian Roberts to play. Roberts also missed Saturday's game with a sore left ankle.