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Projected Record: 44-38 (9th in West)

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Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe, Isaiah Thomas, and Goran Dragic are just three of Phoenix's talented guards. (AP)

Head coach: Jeff Hornacek
Projected record: 44-38 (9th)
2013-14 record: 48-34
2013-14 ORtg: 107.1 (8th)
2013-14 DRtg: 103.8 (13th)
Players in: Alec Brown, Tyler Ennis, Isaiah Thomas, Anthony Tolliver, T.J. Warren, rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic
Players out: Leandro Barbosa, Dionte Christmas, Channing Frye, Emeka Okafor, Ish Smith, rights to Alex Oriakhi
Projected Starting Lineup: Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, P.J. Tucker, Markieff Morris, Miles Plumlee

Just one year ago, ESPN analysts came to the overwhelming conclusion that the Phoenix Suns would be the worst team in the Western Conference.

This is the same Suns team that ended up winning 48 games and the hearts of League Pass subscribers everywhere. It's comical now that Ethan Strauss of ESPN.com called the 2013-14 Suns "boring" and "talent-deprived," but maybe he was onto something:... ">MORE →

 

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Five final thoughts on last night's Suns-Nets extravaganza:

 

The Nets try to take down Eric Bledsoe & the Suns tonight. (AP)

The Nets try to take down Eric Bledsoe & the Suns tonight. (AP)

The 2-5 Brooklyn Nets take on the 5-3 Phoenix Suns tonight. Before the season, you may have expected those teams to have inverse records, but the Suns have surprised behind Eric Bledsoe and the eldest Plumlee (Miles), while the Nets have struggled from second-half woes and lack of production from their power forward.

More on tonight's matchup from this morning here, including one insane-o-thon stat about Kevin Garnett matching up with all 13 Suns players.

When & Where: 9 P.M. EST, US Airways Center, Phoenix
Watch: YES Network
Listen: CBS 880 AM

Get ready for a meeting of the Plumlee brothers tonight.

WOO PLUMLEE (AP)

WOO PLUMLEE (AP)

Better Know: Phoenix Suns

Posted on: September 16th, 2013 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

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Brook Lopez, Marcin Gortat

Tipoff at 9. (AP)

Tonight: The 40-29 Brooklyn Nets will be halfway done with their Circus Trip tonight, taking on the 23-47 Phoenix Suns at 9:00 P.M. EST at US Airways Center in Phoenix. The Suns have dropped two straight to the Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves, respectively; the Nets won their first two games of their road trip against the Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks before dropping last night's contest against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The BK Game Streak: Play "The BK Game Streak," where you can build a streak of wins along the betting line over the course of the season. Three prizes will be awarded at the end of the year, with first prize a $200 Amazon Gift Card. Log in with Facebook to get started, vote in the box above, and good luck !

Watch & Listen: Tonight's game is broadcast on YES Network. Chris Carrino and Mike Fratello are on the call. The game is radio simulcast on WFAN, and in Spanish on WADO.

More on tonight's game, including injuries and stats, after the jump... MORE →

 

Deron Williams, Goran Dragic

Can the Suns stop Deron Williams tonight? The experts weigh in. (AP)

After starting their Circus Trip 2-1, the 40-29 playoff-bound Brooklyn Nets make their way to Phoenix to take on the 23-47 Phoenix Suns, who are down two starters and possibly a third. This is potentially just the bounceback matchup the Nets need after dropping a close one to the nearly-inverse-of-Phoenix 48-22 Los Angeles Clippers, but the second half of a back-to-back on the road isn't the easiest way to do that.

Joining us to chat about expectations for tonight's Nets-Suns game is Ryan Weisert, staff writer for ESPN TrueHoop Affiliate Phoenix Suns Blog Valley of the Suns. Justin DeFeo is filling in on asking questions.

And, as always: The BK Game Streak is up. Good luck.

Onward!

Justin: Recently the Suns have had blowout wins, as well as blowout losses. What can we expect from Phoenix tonight?

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After dropping a close one to the Los Angeles Clippers, the 40-29 Brooklyn Nets travel to Phoenix to take on the 23-47 Phoenix Suns tonight. Along with a chance to start off the road trop 3-1, that means another shot at "The BK Game Streak," where you can build a streak predicting how well the Nets will do in each game for a chance to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card!

The game is as simple as it sounds:

1. The contest relies on a standard betting line for each game. (Note: you must be logged into Facebook to play.) To make your prediction, select YES or NO to agree or disagree. Today's line is "Brooklyn will hold Phoenix to 85 or fewer points." If you think the Suns will score 85 or fewer points tonight, select "YES." If you think they'll score more than 85 points, select "NO."

For the record: The Suns average 94.3 points per game with the 10th-fastest pace in the NBA, but have scored just 79 and 86 in the past two games against the Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves. They're also without Marcin Gortat, Jermaine O'Neal, Channing Frye, and possibly Jared Dudley.

2. String together wins and try to get the longest streak of correct predictions before the end of the NBA regular season. Follow game results on the leaderboard on the right sidebar.

At the end of the season, we'll award three prizes to the players with the best three streaks: The Gold Net Trophy (longest streak) and a $200 Amazon Gift Card will be awarded to first place, the Silver Net Trophy (second-longest streak) and a $50 Amazon Gift Card to second place, and the Bronze Net Trophy (third-longest streak) $25 Amazon Gift Card and a Bronze Net Trophy to third place.

Read more rules for the contest here.

Good luck!