Charles Barkley makes his pick for the Celtics-Cavs series

"I got the Celtics in seven."

Jaylen Brown looks to drive against Tristan Thompson in the first half of Game 4.

If the Eastern Conference finals go the distance, Charles Barkley likes the Celtics to beat the Cavaliers in Game 7.

“I got the Celtics in seven,” he said.

Barkley — who picked against the Celtics in their first-round matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks — made a two-part prediction on TNT Tuesday night.

  1. Whichever team wins Game 5 is going to win the series.
  2. Boston will win the series if Game 7 is necessary.

“If they go to seven, Boston is going to win,” he told his TNT co-hosts. “I think whoever wins [Wednesday night] is going to win that series, whether it’s Boston or Cleveland. Cleveland is not going to win Game 7 back in Boston. I thought this was a pick ’em series before it started.”

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Barkley did not specify what would happen if Cleveland were to win Game 5 and Boston were to win Game 6. In that situation, the result of Game 7 would conflict with one of his existing stipulations.

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