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Charles Barkley Picks Celtics in Game 5; Everyone Else Immediately Picks Heat

May 25, 2023

Former NBA player and TNT analyst Charles Barkley predicted the Celtics to win Game 5 versus the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.

“I think Game 5’s gonna be a cakewalk for the Celtics,” Barkley said on TNT’s postgame coverage, according to NESN.

What’s more, Barkley added, “Game 6 in Miami, gonna be Game 7 for Miami.”

NBA sports bettors disagreed, with 92 percent of tickets being placed on the Heat to win Game 5 and close out the series and move on to the NBA Finals to face the Denver Nuggets.

Barkley has not had much success predicting the winner in the NBA Conference finals. He is 0-5, including the four previous Celtics-Heat matchups, according to

Game 5 tips off at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25.


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