Toronto Raptors will beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to reach the conference finals, Charles Barkley claims.
LeBron James guided the Cavaliers past the Indiana Pacers last weekend, with the 33-year-old scoring 45 points in a thrilling Game 7 to sink Nate McMillan’s side.
The three-time NBA champion is currently averaging 34 points in the playoffs, with the small forward also playing 41 minutes per game.
James’ stunning performance against the Pacers set up a conference semi-final clash with the Raptors, who finished with the best regular-season record in the East.
It’s the third consecutive year that Cleveland will face Toronto in the playoffs, with James and co sweeping the series 4-0 last season.
And former Phoenix Suns power forward Barkley reckons the Raptors will beat the Cavaliers, claiming James doesn’t have enough help to beat DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.