ESPN’s Bobby Marks and Jamal Collier have picked the Phoenix Suns to reach the NBA Finals this 2023-24 season.
Marks has the Suns facing the New York Knicks while Collier predicts they’ll face the Milwaukee Bucks.
“Star power versus roster continuity,” Marks wrote. “Yes, I have penciled in both teams as my early favorites to represent each conference in June. The styles in how the two rosters were built are totally opposite. The high-spending Suns went all-in with the Kevin Durant trade in February and then added Bradley Beal in June. The Knicks, on the other hand, have taken a more conservative approach, returning 13 players that lost to Miami in the second round while adding only Donte DiVincenzo in free agency.”
A matchup with the Bucks would be a rematch of the 2021 finals Milwaukee won in six games.
“With a full offseason and regular season to play together, the Suns’ overwhelming star power should find a way to develop an identity,” Collier wrote. “And (Giannis) Antetokounmpo and the Bucks have something to prove after their early playoff exit last season.”
The Suns open the 2023-24 season on Oct. 24 at Golden State on NBA’s opening night.
Full schedule:Suns 2023-24 regular season schedule features 25 nationally televised games
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