NBA Jock MKT Pick ‘Em – March 20th – Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers

Joel Embiid Over. 33.5 Points

The points line for Joel Embiid seems to be creeping up each day and while it may seem like a daunting line at first glance, the number rises for good reason. The now league leader in the MVP race is averaging 36 points in his last 10 games and has surpassed the 33 point mark in six of his last seven. 

The 76ers offense lives through Embiid’s production and due to high MVP performance, the 76ers have 8 straight games and 9 of their last 10. Currently sitting in the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference, the 76ers are one of the hottest teams in the league right now and I expect at home that winning streak will continue on the back of Embiid’s performance. 

Embiid is no match for counterpart Nikola Vuceivic on the Bulls, who is one of the poorer defensive centers in the league and there is not one player that can play Embiid straight up in a man-to-man defense. 

I can see Embiid going off for a 40 point performance tonight. Hammer the over 33.5 point line for Embiid against the Bulls tonight. 

James Harden Over 2.5 3-Pointers Made

Don’t let Harden’s last game against the Hornets fool you where he went 0-6 from beyond the arc, finishing the game with just 11 points. In Harden’s previous 7 games, he hit for 2+ 3-Pointers 6 times. 

While his main role is to be the quarterback of the offense and get open looks for his teammates, specifically Embiid in their 1-2 offensive punch, Harden is still shotting high volume field goals from both beyond the arc and inside the paint. Harden attempted 6, 9, 7, 8, and 6 3-pointers in the 76ers last five games and is shooting 38% from deep this season, which balloons up to 40% when the 76ers are playing at home. 

Again, this number may seem high at first glance, but the 76ers are on a roll right now with their top players producing. Harden could hit this 2.5 mark in the first half if he stats to get hot. We’re playing the over tonight on the 2.5 3-pointer line for James Harden. Let’s cash.

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