In February 2023, the NBA experienced an earthquake in the form of a transfer. Kevin Durant traded the Brooklyn Nets for the Phoenix Suns. There he would mate Devin Booker in a last ditch effort to reach the championship ring. A few months later and without even sharing the court, the Arizona franchise did not have the best result in the Playoffs. It is precisely for this reason that the management made a move and in the blink of an eye managed to completely reform the squad of the 2021 finalist.
With an original quintet consisting of Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Josh Okogie, Kevin Durant and Jusuf Nurkic, The Suns aspire to be one of the main teams this campaign.
However, Phoenix is not the favorite according to the betting and predictions to become the champion of the 2023-2024 NBA season. Which contradicts his reality, since The Suns’ potential is endless considering his depth and talent.
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Why the Phoenix Suns are the ones to win the NBA according to betting and predictions
In recent weeks the favorite to win the NBA according to the bet has changed, going from the Denver Nuggets to the Milwaukee Bucks. A fact that has reduced the relevance to the progressive favoritism that the Phoenix Suns from beginning out of season.
In early June, right at the end of the finals, Win in 2024 for the Suns paid at 9.50. Soon after they acquired Beal and made several moves, reducing that quota August to 7.16. Now, after bolstering his rotation with Nurkic and other secondary players, That number has dropped to 6.85 for every euro bet.
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The attention caused by the Lillard trade prevented this progressive change from being appreciated, which reflects the Suns’ true potential this season. In fact, they are the second favorite franchise to win the Western Conference, behind only the Nuggets. A scenario that pays 4.20 to 1.
On the other hand, the constellation of stars gathered by the Suns also allows them to be protagonists in individual awards such as Kevin Durant for MVP (13.30 to 1) or also Devin Booker (18.20), Frank Vogel for Coach of the Year (13.10) or the aforementioned Booker as a player clutch of the year (17.00).
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The Suns are strong contenders for a ring not only because of their talent pool, but because they have a long list of secondary players who can make a significant leap that few have. Figures like Yuta Watanabe, Bol Bol or Keita Bates-Diop are expected to be the X factor of the Arizona team. Additionally, Nurkic’s arrival will be a boost in a hypothetical Playoff series against the Nuggets, as the Bosnian is used to doing a good job on Nikola Jokic.