Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in San Francisco, Saturday, April 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, right, shoots the ball with Indiana Pacers’ Buddy Hield, center, and Terry Taylor, left, defending during the second half of an NBA basketball game on April 9 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives on Detroit Pistons forward Kelly Olynyk (13) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Friday, April 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
NEW YORK — Nikola Jokic is a finalist to win a second straight NBA MVP award, along with two-time winner Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid.