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The meetings between Denver and Philadelphia in recent years have turned into a battle between the two biggest centers in the NBA - Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid.
The Serbian and the Cameroonian are also fighting this year for the MVP title of the league, and when the two teams hold an almost identical balance (24:50 vs. 25:49) the direct meetings may have an impact on the identity of the winner.
In the previous meeting between the teams two months ago, the Sixers and Embiid came out with the upper hand, but unfortunately for the spectators, the participation of the Cameroonian in tonight's game (between Monday and Tuesday) is in doubt and it is not at all certain that we will get the battle in the color that everyone expects.
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Before the match, Embiid was asked about the pressure placed on him to lead Philadelphia to the championship, and in his answer he indirectly referred to the MVP race in which he lost the last two years to Jokic: "I don't care about the pressure they put on me, I only care about the pressure I put on myself to win. People ask about which Player has the most pressure and I'm singled out, I'm not at the top of this list. I didn't win MVP twice, I wasn't selected for the top five of the first season, I didn't win anything. Why is there pressure on me to do something when there are players with MVP titles who also haven't done anything yet ?"
Embiid later agreed with the assertion of Yanis Antetokounmpo, who, unlike the Serbian and the Cameroonian, won both the MVP and the championship, according to which the criteria for selecting the MVP change from year to year: "There are analytical analyzes that will tell you that players are the best guards, but the eye test shows that they are not so Good in defense. I don't invent the rules and set the criteria, it's all according to the people's preference."