Joel Embiid is back and his presence adds a fascinating wrinkle in the race for Most Valuable Payer. Nikola Jokic has started to add some distance between him and the pack, but a 35 point performance from Embiid, in which he drew 20 trips to the free throw line, reminded all of us how great he really is.
Embiid will likely fall short due to the time he has missed, and the time he is likely to miss when Philadelphia encounters back-to-backs on their schedule. However, Embiid might make this race tighter than it should be down the stretch, which could open some opportunities for bettors as we get deeper into the season.
Updated odds for every game can be found here.
Updated injury reports for every game can be found here.
*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back.
The Main Event
Utah Jazz (-2, 225.5) at Phoenix Suns
Can it get much better than the two best teams in the Western Conference battling it out in primetime? Phoenix rides a 6-0 SU/3-3 ATS streak into tonight’s meeting with Utah, which is coming off of a loss at Dallas on Monday night. Prior to the loss, the Jazz were 9-0 SU/5-4 ATS in their previous nine games, looking more like the team that went 22-2 over 24 games earlier in the season. Both teams are power rated to the moon by the betting market as well, making this a fascinating betting opportunity.