By a nearly two-to-one margin, SportsNation is already picking the Lakers to dispose of the Suns in the Western Conference finals. Then again, only 7 percent of voters thought Steve Nash's team would polish off the Spurs as easily as they did. But as SportsNation blogger Ricodade puts it, the Lakers are a different beast.

j (vegas)

How do u like the lakers match up with the suns? how long do u see the series going?

ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi
Arash Markazi

I think the Lakers match-up very well with the Suns. I know the Suns have played better since the All-Star break but I still can't see them giving the Lakers much of a challenge. I like the Lakers in 5. Full transcript

j (vegas)

Can you see my Suns advancing?

Chad Ford
Chad Ford

Yes. The Suns are playing really great basketball right now. I was hard on Steve Kerr when he made the changes he made and frankly, I still think it cost them a couple of successful years. But the Suns are back and I think they're a serious threat to the Lakers. The Lakers have more talent, but the Suns are more in synch at the moment. Full transcript

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