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As the playoffs inch closer the the NBA Finals, fans of teams around the leagues are picking sides and making predictions. According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 35 percent of fans are cheering for the Phoenix Suns to win it all.
With an ever growing fanbase behind them, the Suns swept their way into the Western Conference Finals. But despite the success, only the slimmest of a majority believe they are currently favorites to win a championship.
The other team expected by many to be front-runner for the championship is the Brooklyn Nets. However, with both James Harden and Kyrie Irving dealing with injuries, the path got a lot harder.
According to fans around the country, without a totally healthy and full-speed Big Three, the Nets are unlikely to even reach the Finals.
The Nets aren’t the only favorite fighting for their postseason lives. Despite being picked to win their series by 75 percent of fans after Game 4, the Philadelphia 76ers face a must-win Game 6. Similarly, the Utah Jazz were picked to win their series by 55 percent of fans heading into Game 5, and now face elimination.
Whoever ends up on top after the final whistle, it will be cheered on by a fanbase unused to the experience. After the dominant runs by both the Golden State Warriors and any team featuring LeBron James, fans around the league believe there has been a turning of the page in the NBA.
In fact, not having all of same-old faces has made things more interesting for fans. More than three-fourths of fans said the playoffs have been more compelling without LeBron James fighting for another championship.
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