30 April, 2023
On Sunday, Game 7 of their first-round playoff clash between the Kings and Warriors is scheduled to take place, but Charles Barkley is already considering much more for this Sacramento team.
Barkley made his most audacious prediction about the Kings on Saturday. The 60-year-old predicted Sacramento will not only overcome Golden State at home on Sunday, but would also triumph over the Lakers in the semifinals.
“The Sacramento Kings are going to the conference finals,” remarked Barkley. They will defeat the Lakers.
The Kings have the potential to wrap up the series against the Warriors at the Golden 1 Center after a decisive victory in Game 6 on the road. De’Aaron Fox and company have Barkley’s full support in order to do this and more.
Charles Barkley says the Kings are going to the Conference Finals. 👀
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The Kings have not been in the postseason since 2006, which is the longest postseason absence among the four main professional sports leagues in the United States.
The Kings finished the regular season as the third seed in the Western Conference because they were the superior team throughout. Barkley anticipates them to defeat Stephen Curry and the Warriors on Sunday and triumph in the next series against LeBron James and Los Angeles despite their inexperience in the tournament.
Since losing to the Lakers in the 2002 Western Conference finals, the Kings haven’t advanced that far. Barkley is counting on this year’s squad to break that streak and push the club out of its rut.