NBA Scoring Title: Joel Embiid favorite to win with two games left in the regular season
There are two games remaining on the 2021-22 regular season schedule and it looks like we might have our answer on the race for the NBA Scoring Title.
Last night, there was limited movement in the race as Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo both hit their season averages against Toronto and Boston.
In what was really considered a “quiet” game for Joel Embiid, he still managed to put up his league-leading 29th 30-point double-double in the 76ers’ 119-114 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
Giannis failed to make up ground against Boston, finishing with 29 points and 11 rebounds in the Bucks’ 127-121 win.
Lebron James missed his third straight game dealing with an ankle injury and we just learned that he will now be out the remainder of the season. James needed to play in the final two games for the Lakers this season to be eligible to win the award.
Basically, if he missed those two games, his point totals would still be divided by the 58-game threshold as zero point games, dropping his average down significantly.
“Since LeBron will not play another game this season, his 1,695 total points scored would be divided by 58 games for an average of 29.22 points per game, rather than his current 30.27 ppg (1,695 points over 56 games played).” – NBA.com
NBA Scoring Leaders: Joel Embiid Leader of the Pack
Lebron James is out of the running, meaning that the NBA Scoring Title will come down to Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo. If we get move season-average scoring numbers from both players over the final two games of the season, Joel Embiid will take home the scoring title award.
If that happens, Embiid will be the first center since Shaq to win the NBA Scoring Title.
Sixers: Pacers at 76ers (Saturday) | Pistons at 76ers (Sunday)
Bucks: Bucks at Pistons (Tonight) | Bucks at Cavaliers (Sunday)
Scoring leaders through games played on Thursday, April 7 (NBA.com)
Joel Embiid: 30.42 ppg (2,038 points over 67 games played)
LeBron James: 30.27 ppg (1,695 points over 56 games played)
Giannis Antetokounmpo: 29.88 ppg (1,972 points over 66 games played)