Against All Odds: Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers are dominating the month of March
Heading into March, I was definitely concerned with how the Sixers would hold up with the majority of their games being played on the road. Needless to say, they have exceeded all expectations.
I was wrong about March. Credit to me for admitting it.
Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers have taken March by storm, owning the month to the tune of a 9-1 record. They have won eight straight games and will face the Bulls tonight in South Philadelphia.
Embiid’s dominance has propelled him to the top of the NBA MVP race, and if you’ve been paying attention, it’s not hard to realize why this will finally be the year that “The Process” takes home the most coveted regular season award in the league.
Trust me, I don’t like the MVP conversation anymore than the next Sixers fan that has been constantly bent over for three years straight trying to make sense of the advanced analytics that NBA Beat Writers and stat nerds spew out on social media to prove that Nikola Jokic is deserving over Joel Embiid to win the most coveted regular season award in the NBA.
Again, over the past few weeks, Embiid has surged past Jokic on every major sports book in terms of MVP odds, and even NBA.com moved Embiid into first place on their ladder.
How did this happen? Well, just compare Embiid and Jokic, as well as each team’s record over the month of March, and it’s clear as day as to why that’s the case.
The Philadelphia 76ers are 9-1 in March.
The Denver Nuggets are 4-5 in March.
Joel Embiid in March
- 36.1 PPG
- 8.8 RPG
- 2.3 BPG
Nikola Jokic in March
- 25.4 PPG
- 13.2 RPG
- 9.2 APG
Joel Embiid 30+ Points, 9 Straight Games
As far as I’m concerned, the race for the NBA MVP is over and we still have 12 games left in the regular season.
The Philadelphia 76ers have won eight straight games and are basically tied with the Boston Celtics for the second seed in the Eastern Conference Finals. Both Philly and Boston are just 2.5 games out of first place.
Over the next 12 games, Embiid and the Sixers will face the Nuggets, Bucks, and Celtics and I promise you, Embiid has those games circled on the calendar already.