An overwhelming number of NBA analysts, experts and journalists have are favoring Golden State Warriors to win the NBA title this season as well. But, if you ask the Hall of Famer and TNT’s Inside the NBA analysts Charles Barkley, Warriors will meet their match this time around.
According to Barkley, Milwaukee Bucks will be the team that will win it all in the 2019 NBA Finals.
“The Bucks are going to win the world championship.” – proclaimed Barkley after the Milwaukee rolled over the Boston Celtic in the Game 4 of Eastern Conference Semi-Finals and took a 3-1 lead.
While picking someone else than Warriors to win the NBA title definitely raises many eyebrows, Barkley’s prediction isn’t so farfetched. Milwaukee Bucks have played spectacularly in the regular season winning 60 games and having the best overall record in the NBA. They also had a strong start to their playoff run, sweeping the Detroit Pistons.
Many started questioning Bucks’ ability to compete for the title when they dropped Game 1 at home in the Celtics series, but they returned to win three straight games and look like they are in complete control now.
It also doesn’t hurt that Bucks’ biggest star Giannis Antetokounmpo carried over his MVP form to the postseason and is currently averaging 28.4 points, 11.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.
While it remains to be seen whether Milwaukee is ready to go all the way this season, they will definitely give Warriors a good run for their money if they can keep playing like this.