Charles Barkley is on the record predicting that the Milwaukee Bucks with win this year’s NBA Championship. Barkley thinks Giannis Antetokounmpo and NBA Coach of the Year Mike Budenholzer are just too much for the competition. (Barkley also said the Golden State Warriors couldn’t win a series without Kevin Durant, and they’ve won two since.)
But anyway, one thing Barkley knows for sure, deep in his bones, is how to please a crowd. And since the Inside the NBA on TNT crew is on location for the Eastern Conference Finals, traveling back and forth between Toronto and Milwaukee, Barkley’s predictions are clearly being influenced by the hometown crowds.
Hey, the hometown crowd helps the team win, so it makes sense. Below, Barkley is shown catering the the raucous Toronto faithful by loudly picking the Raptors and Kawhi Leonard to win both Games 3 & 4 at home. Which they did. Barkley made himself more fans in the process.