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Fanning the Flames - NBA Playoff Preview with Nate Ruess

Predicting every matchup in the Western Conference Playoffs and our Finals picks. 

On this episode of Fanning the Flames, special guest (two-time Grammy Award-winning artist and friend of the show) Nate Ruess (@nateruessmusic) joins us to preview the upcoming NBA Playoffs.

You may know Nate as the lead singer of The Format and fun., but he’s also a huge basketball junkie who grew up a Phoenix Suns fan but became disenchanted with the team since the start of the Robert Sarver era. Thus bringing a different point of view to the Podcast of Optimism.

So, without further ado, tune in and listen as we:

  • Pick every matchup in the Western Conference;
  • Pick who we each think will come out of the East;
  • Pick our NBA Champion (spoiler alert: there’s a consensus); and
  • Discuss where the Suns will fall in the regular season awards.

Choose your player!


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Until next time!