"I gotta tell you something, what I'm most excited about is who's the best team in the Eastern Conference?" Barkley said, after the NBA schedules were released on Monday night.
"I'm going out on a limb right now, I'm riding or dying with the Philadelphia 76ers. It's gonna be a great battle between them and the Milwaukee Bucks all year. I love Philadelphia. I love Al Horford, Josh Richardson. Milwaukee losing (Malcolm) Brodgon, I think that's a big deal. But I think it's a two team race in the Eastern Conference between the 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks. I can't wait until they play each other head to head."
Barkley was then asked for a guarantee, and unfortunately, he delivered it.
"I guarantee you the Philadelphia 76ers are going to win the Eastern Conference," said Barkley.
The Sixers will open the 2019-20 NBA season at home against the Celtics on Wednesday, October 23rd. They'll host the Bucks on Christmas at 2:30pm, as well. I have them at 56 wins. Bleacher Report has the Sixers leading the NBA in wins with 55.