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Charles Barkley’s bold guarantee in Milwaukee vs. Heat series

Charles Barkley, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jimmy Butler, Bucks

With the Milwaukee Bucks up big at the half of Game 2 of their first-round match-up against the Miami Heat – a lot of people are already counting out the reigning Eastern Conference and that includes NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley.

Chuck, who’s always been fearless with his forecasts, is calling it a sweep as early as now. Barkley was even stupidly locked in with his prediction.

“They’re going to sweep them,” Barkley stated (via NBA on TNT). “Miami can’t beat them. [With] the addition of Jrue Holiday and PJ Tucker, this is a much better playoff team. I love Giannis’ movement without the ball – they’re not just giving him the ball at the top of the key. They’re gonna sweep the Miami Heat.”

After winning Game 1 by just two points in an OT thriller the other day, Milwaukee stormed the gates in Game 2 and dominated the Heat from the get-go. Thanks to a huge first half from the reigning two-time MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks mounted an early 26 point lead in the opening quarter and has basically controlled the game since.

As much as I’d like to ride with Barkley’s bold prediction, it’s hard to count out this Heat squad. This Jimmy Butler-led crew has proven all its doubters wrong. They had an incredible post-season last season which included a 4-1 rout against the Bucks in the second round of the playoffs.

Is this sweet revenge for the Bucks or are the Heat just waiting for their morning coffee to kick in?