The Boston Celtics are favored to win the NBA Finals, but Charles Barkley believes this season is a mere formality.
In fact, Barkley went so far as to guarantee the Celtics will hoist the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy at the end of the season. Given Boston's positioning atop the Eastern Conference with a 15-5 record, the Celtics are well-deserved favorites.
See Barkley's demonstrative guarantee below.
Charles Barkley Guarantees Celtics Will Win Championship
"The Celtics are going to win the championship," said Barkley. "The Boston Celtics are the best team in the NBA.
Barkley would go on to release a primal shout while guaranteeing a Celtics title, beautiful news to Boston fans hoping to secure their first title since 2008.
With the best net rating in the league (8.5) and top 10 rankings on both offense and defense, the Celtics are as good of a bet as any to win it all. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Jrue Holiday and Kristaps Porzingis make up one of the most dangerous cores in the NBA, and there's plenty of reason to feel optimistic about Boston's chances.
The team already has wins over Eastern Conference competitors Philadelphia and Milwaukee, though fell short to the Pacers in the in-season tournament this week.
Boston Celtics Odds to Win NBA Finals
The Celtics are the current betting favorites to win the NBA Finals at +370 odds. The Nuggets and Bucks trail closely behind, with the Suns and 76ers a bit farther back.
Boston has come close to winning it all in recent years, losing in the Finals two years ago and falling short in the Conference Finals in four of the last seven seasons.
This may be the Celtics' best chance to win it all, given how strong the roster is. Fingers crossed Barkley's onto something with his bold prediction.
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