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Charles Barkley makes bold prediction about Golden State Warriors' season

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The Golden State Warriors, despite suffering defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, are still on course for a record-breaking NBA season.

Leading the way in the NBA with an incredible 56-6 record and unbeaten at home in 45 games, the Western Conference franchise are seen as champions-in-waiting by many people.

That doesn't include NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, however. The former 76ers, Suns and Rockets star insisted this week that the Warriors will not end the 2015-16 season as champions.

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"They have a terrific team. They've been great for the NBA," said Barkley during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. 

"I'm telling you right now. They're not gonna win the championship this year."

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Considering Golden State's relentless form this season, predicting anything other than a second-straight Larry O'Brien trophy for the reigning champions is a bold move.

It isn't unfamiliar territory for Barkley, though. He made the same prediction about the Warriors during their 2014-15 campaign before watching them overpower the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals.

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If anything, Steve Kerr's team is now even stronger as this year's playoffs appear on the horizon.

Of course, even as they chase the Chicago Bulls' NBA record 72 win season, the Dubs aren't guaranteed to end the postseason as champions. As such, Barkley is well within his rights to write off their chances. Nevertheless, it is a brave decision to go public with the prediction at this stage.

Non-believers

Although he made it clear he was a fan of what the Warriors are doing right now, Barkley's comments do see him align himself somewhat with the group of former players who have criticised the Bay Area franchise this season.

Several players have lamented the Warriors' small-ball style and, specifically, Steph Curry's penchant for the three-point shot as the team continue to set new standards in the league.

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Unfortunately for them - and the rest of the NBA - Golden State's tactics have made them clear favourites for the titles as we approach the final portion of regular season games.

The likes of the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers will be amongst those hoping to cause their own version of an upset in the weeks to come.

Whether any of them can prove Barkley's prediction correct this time around, however, is another question altogether. 

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Central Division
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