Is Joel Embiid Playing Tonight? (Latest Injury Update for 76ers vs. Nuggets on March 27)

When is Joel Embiid coming back to the 76ers? Latest updates on his calf injury.
When is Joel Embiid coming back to the 76ers? Latest updates on his calf injury. / AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Basketball fans will be treated to a potential 2022-23 NBA Finals preview when the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets collide on Monday, March 27. Anyone hoping to see Nikola Jokic going head-to-head with Joel Embiid will be left disappointed, though, as one of the MVP candidates won't be suiting up.

Latest Joel Embiid Injury Update

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the 76ers have ruled out Embiid due to a calf injury. The decision came after the superstar center was limited at Monday's shootaround. The good news is that it seems like his absence is a precaution due to the postseason being right around the corner.

Tonight marks Embiid's first missed game since March 1. The six-time NBA All-Star has been terrific throughout the month, averaging 34.5 points on 69.9% true shooting with 9.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists over the last 13 games. In other words, the Sixers will feel his absence.

Philadephia 76ers Odds

Unsurprisingly, Embiid being out means Philadelphia is playing behind the eight-ball tonight. FanDuel Sportsbook currently lists the Nuggets as 7-point home favorites over the 76ers.

Having said that, preserving Embiid's health is crucial to Philly's championship odds. As of March 27, the Sixers hold the fifth-best odds (+950) to win the 2022-23 NBA Finals, per FanDuel.

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