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Closing in on the MVP Race in the NBA

Joe Paige | Sports Editor

As the season is about to come to a close, this season’s MVP race has been in lockstep between the three best big men in the NBA. With only a week and a half left in the regular season this race is still wide open, some names involved consist of Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum, Luka Doncic, etc. But the top three that are most likely to end up with the award is Giannis Antetokounmpo (+100), Nikola Jokic, (-120), and Joel Embiid (-185). Jokic amongst these odds is the favorite as well as last year's winner, he leads everybody in almost every advanced metric on both ends of the floor but his supporting cast is definitely not helping his case having his team still fighting to stay out of play-in position. Joel Embiid has been the leading impact that has catapulted the Philadelphia 76ers back into the top of the East without much help for the majority of the season. Embiid spoke after the loss in Tuesday night's game against the Bucks, 3 minutes into the third quarter the star center got replaced with Paul Millsap and sat on the bench while Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 in a row to bring his Milwaukee team within four into the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Bucks connected on 72.2% from the field in the final nine minutes of the game for 37 points. Antetokounmpo hit 12 points on 4-for-5 during that stretch too. The big question heading into the post season for their coach Doc Rivers is if he is willing to adjust when necessary. If this team is looking to make a deep run in the post season, they're going to need to fix any poor tendencies when it matters.


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