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The Phoenix Suns’ uphill battle in the 2023-2024 NBA season

Dec 15, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Drew Eubanks (14) in the second half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

With 57 games remaining in the 2023-2024 season, the Phoenix Suns are staring ahead to the 2nd toughest schedule in the NBA, only behind the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Currently, the Suns, amid a plague of injuries, defensive miscues, and a turnover bug, are just 1 game above .500. This places them 10th in the Western Conference. So, if the season were to end today, they would be the final team to make it in the play-in tournament.

Certainly not how many expected the season to begin for a team that had the 3rd-best odds to win the NBA Finals just two months ago.

Some notable matchups that lie ahead for the Suns include two games against the Celtics, two against the Timberwolves, two against the Bucks, two against the Magic, two against the Nuggets, and one against the 76ers.

Among these teams, believe it or not, the Denver Nuggets have the worst record at 15-9.

The combined winning % of the Suns remaining schedule comes in at .521%, which, as mentioned previously, is the second toughest in the NBA.

To make matters even more concerning, against teams that are above .500 this season, the Phoenix Suns hold a disheartening 2-9 record. The only teams that they have beat with winning records are the New York Knicks and the Minnesota Timberwolves, which they did during a seven-game winning streak back in mid-November.

Besides this seven-game winning streak, the Suns hold a record of 6-12.

It is still early, but Phoenix sure has their work cut out for them if they want to climb in the Western Conference standings.

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