Joel Embiid was once again the star of the show as the Philadelphia 76ers (6/1 NBA Outright) underlined their NBA Championship credentials with a 121-106 win over Eastern Conference rivals Chicago Bulls during the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The 27-year-old, who is firmly in the running to be named Regular Season MVP, contributed 43 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots at the Wells Fargo Center, as the 76ers moved up to second in the West.
Head coach Doc Rivers was full of praise for Embiid on what was a good night for the 76ers, as they also welcomed star signing James Harden back into the fold after he was rested for the weekend loss to Miami Heat.
“He just got it in rhythm,” Rivers told reporters regarding Embiid. “We didn’t force it. We got him in the right spots. Joel one-on-one is very difficult.”
Other notable results overnight included Nikola Jokic inspiring the Denver Nuggets to a 131-124 win over the faltering Golden State Warriors, while Los Angeles Lakers slipped to an eighth defeat in 10 games, going down 117-110 to San Antonio Spurs, whose coach Gregg Popovich claimed a record-equalling 1,335th regular season victory.
To make matters worse for the Lakers, they were without talisman LeBron James, who missed the contest at the AT&T Center due to a sore knee.
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A further six games take place in the NBA overnight, including at the Amway Center where Orlando Magic, who sit bottom of the East, will be taking on Western Conference leaders Phoenix Suns (Magic 11/5, Suns 4/11 – Money Line).
The Suns (9/2 to win NBA Championship) will be keen to avoid any slip-ups, with the game coming 24 hours before their showdown with Eastern Conference pacesetters Miami Heat, who have the night off.
Other notable contests include reigning champions Milwaukee Bucks heading to the Paycom Center to take on Oklahoma City Thunder. The Bucks are currently on a four-game winning run (City Thunder 13/2, Bucks 1/12 – Money Line).
Brooklyn Nets will also be on the road, but their form is in complete contrast to the Bucks, as they are 3-17 since the middle of January – a record they will be keen to improve upon when they take on the Charlotte Hornets (Money Line – Hornets 7/5, Nets 4/7).
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