Where does Joel Embiid fare in 2023 NBA MVP race?
The NBA Playoffs are within sight and the 2023 NBA MVP race is beginning to heat up. 2x winner, Nikola Jokic has been dominant this year, but it’s Joel Embiid who has been turning heads over the past month as tensions begin to build. Is this finally going to be the year that Joel Embiid gets the respect he deserves?
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Joel Embiid second to Nikola Jokic in the NBA MVP race
Joel Embiid was tied with Luka Doncic at +500 before the beginning of the season. Fast forward a few months and it’s Nikola Jokic who has taken quite a commanding lead.
The Nuggets are dominating the Western Conference with a 46-20 record and Jokic has been at the heart and soul of that charge. Averaging a 24-point triple-double is genuinely stunning and leaves Joel Embiid needing to perform at a ridiculous level to even have a chance of winning the award.
Joel Embiid has answered the call. While he isn’t assisting as much as Jokic, his scoring is scary, with Embiid averaging a career-high 33 per game. He’s put up 30+ points in each of his last 4 games and seemed to really take things up a notch against the Bucks with a 10-assist outing. I wonder what spurred that…
When the two bigs clashed in January, it was Embiid & the Sixers who left with their heads held high. Joel put up 47 points and 18 rebounds in the win.
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If you are looking to bet on Embiid, this is good news. The more he’s overlooked, the better odds you’ll have. There is definitely a run of Joel Embiid being snubbed for the NBA MVP award. This of course comes on the back of a season that many deemed more than worthy of winning the award that was eventually claimed by Nikola Jokic…who heads the field again.
If the time of Embiid is coming, then there may be no better time to back him. His odds will only shorten as the chip on his shoulder grows and his dominance hits new heights.
The Sixers are well-placed to make a playoff run, but can Embiid really guide them to being the top-seeded team in the East?
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