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Embiid and Jokic stats in games played between them

Sixers star Joel Embiid won’t play Monday night against the Nuggets and fellow MVP candidate Nikola Jokić. This is how they stand head-to-head.

Dec 10, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) controls the ball against Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Bill StreicherUSA TODAY Sports

In tonight’s game, the Philadelphia Sixers star Joel Embiid will not play against his great adversary in the center position Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, due to a calf injury in what was described as a “precautionary” move resulting from the “density” of the current schedule. It would have been their 8th time playing against each other.

NBA news:

Joel Embiid has a 5-2 winning record over Nikola Jokic.

This season Embiid is averaging a league-leading 33.3 points per game to go with 10.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Jokić is averaging 24.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 9.9 assists per game while leading the league with 28 triple-doubles this season.

In their last game on Jan. 28, 2023, Embiid destroyed the Nuggets’ defense with 47 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks in the Sixers’ victory 126-119.

Stats in Games Between Them


Joel Embiid25.711.
Nikola Jokic21.

Game Highs

Joel Embiid4718634
Nikola Jokic27131132

Games with better stats than the other player...

Joel Embiid4 games5 games1 game3 games3 games
Nikola Jokic3 games2 games6 games3 games1 game
Both had the same stat0 games0 games0 games1 game3 games

MVP race

Embiid and Jokić, alongside Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, are this season’s leading favorites to win the MVP award, having separated themselves from the rest of the pack down the stretch of the regular season.

Although it is a tight race, analysts consider this latest Embiid injury crucial in deciding the MVP award. Even in previous years, Joel Embiid was criticized for being injury prone, especially in the most critical part of the season.