What is Joel Embiid Worth in Sports Betting, Fantasy? Out at Least Two Weeks

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Don Shapiro
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With Joel Embiid playing, the Spurs-76ers line Sunday would be Phladelphia -6 to -6.5.  Without him Gambling911.com anticipated an early line of Philadelphia -1.  Embiid had already been out for Thursday's game against the Bulls due to Covid-19 protocol prior to his Friday night return against Washington.  With Thursday night's game, oddsmakers knocked off six points but Philadelphia still managed a win without Embiid.

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Why Embiid is Out


  • Embiid has a bone bruise on his left knee and will be reevaluated in two weeks, the team announced Saturday.
  • An MRI overnight revealed no structural damage to the knee that Embiid hyperextended in a victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night, according to sources.
  • Embiid's ACL and meniscus are fine, sources said, and there's significant relief within the Sixers that the injury isn't something much worse.

The Impact

SportsLine's Mike McClure, a DFS pro with almost $2M in winnings, had Embiid as a top NBA DFS pick for his Friday NBA daily Fantasy lineups.  The Sixers center was priced at $10,700 on DraftKings and $10,700 on FanDuel. Embiid is second in the NBA by scoring 30.2 points per game, and he adds 11.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per outing. That includes a 40-point, 19-rebound, three-assist outburst March 3 against Utah.  Embiid had just returned to the Wizards game following exposure to Covid-19 that had him sitting out a few games including the NBA All-Star game last weekend.

Despite his absence, Philadelphia continued to win games.

The Sixers have covered the spread in their last four.

Game to Watch

  • Tue, Mar 23  @ Golden State, the Warriors already had a tremendous edge with a likelihood that Philadelphia would see some shading of the line
  • Gambling911.com had Philadelphia a likely 1-point favorite prior to Embiid's injury, but now it was likely Golden State would be favored by probably 2 or more points.
  • The Warriors are 7-1 Straight Up versus Philadelphia in Golden State over the last 8 meetings.

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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