76ers get huge injury update on MVP center Joel Embiid

With seven games remaining in the regular season, the Sixers, who are currently 40-35 and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings, are in a pivotal position as a result of the reigning MVP’s return.Philadelphia has secured a berth in the play-in tournament, but it still has a chance to finish in the top six, which would spare it from the games that decide games and ensure a best-of-seven series.The Brooklyn Nets (29-46), who are currently outsiders and likely be eliminated soon, are trailing the 76ers by 11 games. Together, Embiid and company lead the 10th-place Atlanta Hawks (34-40) and the 9th-place Chicago Bulls (36-39) by a significant margin. Additionally, they are within close proximity to the seventh-place Miami Heat (41-33) and the sixth-place Indiana Pacers (42-33).

Starting on Monday, Philadelphia trails Miami by just 1.5 games for the top place in the play-in tournament and behind Indiana by 2 games for the coveted last seed in the top six.The 76ers play three straight road games after their home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (52-22) on Tuesday, and then they finish with three more at home. This season, the 76ers have a record of 21-16 at home and 19-19 away.Philadelphia may be able to finish in the top six because to its favorable schedule. Its toughest tests will come on Thursday night against the Heat and the Thunder, who are competing with the Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves for the first seed in the Western Conference.

The Sixers will next take on the Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs, and Detroit Pistons—three clubs who have already been eliminated from the postseason with a combined record of 56-168 (.250 winning percentage). They play the Orlando Magic (43-31) and the Nets (29-46) at home to complete the season. The club only has one more back-to-back, which is on Saturday against the Grizzlies and Sunday against the Spurs, when Embiid returns. For one of those matches, they might be able to make it without the big guy.Embiid is one of the league’s biggest difference-makers; this season, Nick Nurse’s team is 26-8 when he starts and just 14-27 when he doesn’t.

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