Charles Barkley Reveals His Pick to Win 2016 NBA Finals

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According to one NBA analyst, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorite to win the 2016 NBA Finals.

Charles Barkley, who currently serves as an NBA analyst on TNT, declared that the Cavaliers are his pick to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy come June.

This is a bit shocking for one reason—the Western Conference has arguably three of the best teams in the NBA in the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder.

However, the Warriors are currently dealing with Stephen Curry’s injury. His knee injury will keep him out for at least two more weeks, leaving Golden State prone to a playoff upset.

While the Spurs and Thunder remain mostly healthy, the Cavaliers looked very much in sync during their first round series with the Detroit Pistons. Although Cleveland ended up sweeping Detroit, most of the games saw the Pistons carrying late leads versus the Cavaliers. Despite the adversity, Cleveland’s top players such as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving rose to the occasion.

With the Western Conference powerhouses slugging it out in the playoffs, the Cavaliers will likely have a much easier path to the NBA Finals.

By the time June rolls around, that may be the key to Cleveland hoisting an NBA championship for the first time in the team’s history.

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D.J. Siddiqi is a staff writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has followed the NBA passionately since the 90's and has taken a keen interest in following LeBron James' career since he was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft. Once a critic of LeBron, DJ has grown to admire James as he has evolved from 18-year-old phenom to a four-time MVP and two-time NBA Champion. He looks forward to bringing his knowledge of the game to Cavaliers Nation.