Close Scoring Title Race Has NBA Sportsbooks In A Frenzy

  • LeBron James is favored to win the NBA Scoring Title with -250 odds.
  • Joel Embiid has +250 odds to win the scoring title.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo has +600 odds to win the scoring title.

LOS ANGELES – As the NBA season continues to wind down, the race to win the scoring title continues to heat up. If the NBA season were to end today, LeBron James would win the scoring title as he leads the league in scoring with 30.1 ppg. He is followed close behind by Joel Embiid (29.9 ppg) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (29.7 ppg).

2021-22 NBA Scoring Title Odds To Win

  • LeBron James -250
  • Joel Embiid +250
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo +600

Even at 37 years of age, LeBron James is still putting up the second-best scoring season of his career and is leading the league while doing so which has led to online sportsbooks giving him the shortest odds.

Where things could begin to lock up for LeBron is that due to his age, the Lakers do hold him out of some games from time to time as a precautionary measure if he is feeling sore or dealing with a minor injury. With that, in games where he does not suit up, it does not affect his scoring average for the season.

If James were to play though, the Lakers’ upcoming schedule is less than favorable as they are some of the best defenses against the small forward position in the league.

Of the eight games remaining on LA’s schedule, they have matchups against the Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, New Orleans Pelicans, and Phoenix Suns.

All of which rank inside of the top-10 in defense for points allowed to opposing small forwards at less than 20 ppg. That said, James could be held in check in some of those games if he plays.

A Case For Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid could make a strong case to win the scoring title and has backed his case over the last three months. In each of the last three months, he has been scoring over 30 ppg and is in striking range of James’ average if he can continue putting up those numbers.

The only games remaining on the 76ers schedule that could give Embiid some trouble are against the Detroit Pistons, who they play twice, and the Toronto Raptors. Both are in the top five for least points allowed to centers this season.

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However, he does have one game remaining against the Bucks who he scored 44 points against earlier this season, and the Charlotte Hornets whom he has put up 31+ points in three meetings.

With that, He could certainly make a strong push to pass LeBron in scoring in these last eight games, especially if James does not play.

A Case For Giannis Antetokounmpo

As for the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, there has not been much done to stop him from scoring over the last three months.

While he does have the longest NBA odds of the three to win the scoring title, he has been putting up 31+ points since the start of 2022 which has brought his scoring average up.

Of the three though, the Bucks have by far the toughest schedule remaining in terms of defense to opposing power forwards.

Two matchups against top-5 defenses loom in the Boston Celtics (20.0 papg) and 76ers (20.7 papg) will be the highlight of their remaining games.

The remaining six teams they face all allow less than 22 ppg to power forwards. Something to take note of though is that he is close to a 0.5-point away from James’ average in which there just might not be enough time for him to catch up.