Phoenix Suns, not Golden State Warriors, should be West favorite, ESPN's JJ Redick says

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic

The Golden State Warriors' resurgence this season has been well-chronicled (and over-chronicled?).

After all, Golden State is 32-12 overall and has a deep roster including the NBA MVP favorite in Steph Curry.

But there is a team ahead of the Warriors in the Western Conference standings and one ESPN analyst says that that team should be the favorite in the conference.

The analyst, JJ Redick, praised the Suns after the team's 121-107 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, a win that moved the Suns to an NBA-best 34-9.

"The Phoenix Suns should be and are the favorites in the West," Redick said on NBA Today. "They are the only team in the NBA with a Top 5 offense and  a Top 5 defense. They are 34-9. The combination of Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton have only played in 23 games together. And they are still 34-9. This is a very deep team. And I want to give a shoutout to Mikal Bridges, who should absolutely be in the conversation for defensive player of the year and certainly a first-team all-defensive team selection this year."

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Redick's comments seemed to endear him to Suns fans, some of whom think the Suns are flying under the radar despite their 34-9 record.

One NBA writer had a lot of praise for Mikal Bridges and the Phoenix Suns.

NBA odds don't agree with Redick

The odds don't quite agree with Redick about the Suns, however.

Tipico Sportsbook currently has the Golden State Warriors as the favorite to win the Western Conference, at +240.

The Suns are second, at +300.

Interestingly, the sportsbook does have Phoenix as the favorite to win the Pacific Division at -180, with the Warriors behind them at +140.

As for the odds to win the NBA title, the Brooklyn Nets are +270 out of the East, ahead of the Warriors at +480.

The Bucks, also in the East, are +650, with the Suns tied with Milwaukee with those same odds.

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