Sixers Podcast: Joel Embiid MVP favorite, 8-game winning streak

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /

The Sixer Sense Podcast is back after the Philadelphia 76ers have now extended their winning streak to 8 games with wins over the Charlotte Hornets and the Indiana Pacers. Joel Embiid continues to reign hell on the rest of the league as he scored 38 points and secured 13 rebounds against the Hornets in only 29 minutes of playing time. Shake Milton provided 12 points off the bench and played the most minutes of the second unit with 26. Could this be a preview of Doc Rivers’ playoff rotations?

Next up is the Sixers’ 141-121 win over the Pacers. Are these back-to-back wins significant or to be expected? Both James Harden and PJ Tucker did not play and De’Anthony Melton and Danuel House Jr. started in their places. I sound like a broken record, but Embiid dominated again with 31 points and 7 assists in 30 minutes. Tyrese Maxey matched Embiid’s points and assists totals and stepped up as the number one guard.

With the playoffs fast approaching Lucas Johnson, Christopher Kline, and Jonathan Geib discuss the potential playoff rotation for the Sixers. How many bench players will see meaningful minutes? And of those players who should be the first 3 off the bench? The group debates this topic and how many players can be trusted to play in the postseason.

The headliner of the night comes in the final topic of the night as Joel Embiid has taken over Nikola Jokic as the NBA MVP frontrunner in the betting markets. These odds fluctuate daily, but Jokic has been the favorite for a long while and Embiid leading the charge of this team’s 8-game winning streak is a big factor in this switch. How badly does Embiid want to win this award? Will he be able to hold on over the next three weeks? Give us a listen to find out!

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