While most consider the Golden State Warriors a shoo-in to win their fourth NBA title in the last five seasons, Charles Barkley thinks another team will emerge victorious.
On Monday night, Barkley proclaimed that the Milwaukee Bucks will win it all.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 7, 2019
Barkley’s bold prediction came after the Bucks dispatched of the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, taking a commanding 3-1 series lead in the process. The Celtics upset the Bucks in Milwaukee in the first game of the series. Since then, the Bucks have been dominant, winning three straight games with MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the way.
In Monday night’s victory in Boston, Antetokounmpo had yet another ridiculous performance, posting 39 points and 16 rebounds while shooting 15-of-22 from the field. No other Bucks player scored more than 15 points, but it did not matter — especially with the shooting struggles of Kyrie Irving on the other side of the court.
The Bucks, the East’s No. 1 seed, now have the chance to close out the series at home on Wednesday night. A win would move the Bucks into the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2001, when they lost to the Allen Iverson-led Philadelphia 76ers in seven games. The Bucks have just one championship in franchise history, and it came in 1971.
This year, the Bucks could meet Philadelphia again. In the other semifinal in the East, the 76ers are tied 2-2 with the Toronto Raptors entering Tuesday night’s Game 5 in Toronto.
Meanwhile in the West, both Western Conference semifinal series are tied at 2-2. With a 112-108 win Monday night, the Houston Rockets pulled even with the Warriors. The Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers are also tied up.
Barkley has the Blazers emerging from the West to face Milwaukee in the NBA Finals.
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