Charles Barkley promises Celtics 2024 championship.

Charles Barkley declared the Boston Celtics his favorite to win the NBA Finals before Monday night's In-Season Tournament quarterfinals meeting with the Indiana Pacers.

NBA on TNT's pregame segment included Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Ernie Johnson, and Kenny Smith analyzing championship favorites. Barkley swiftly voiced his views after the 15-4 Minnesota Timberwolves were ruled out.

My impression on the Timberwolves is still negative "Barkley remarked. "The Celtics will win the title.

Currently tied for the NBA's best record with the Timberwolves (15-4), the Celtics are rolling. They had just weeks to prepare for the upcoming season with a fresh roster based on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, with Jrue Holiday joining shortly before the preseason. 

Barkley declared, "The Boston Celtics are the best NBA team." "The Boston Celtics are going to win the championship, guaranteed!"

Barkley predicted the Heat would win the championship last season, but the Nikola Jokic-led Denver Nuggets defeated the Heat four games to one. Last year, Barkley predicted the Celtics would win the 2022 NBA Finals, which the Warriors won 4–2.

Barkley's early prognosis was tempered by Kristaps Porzingis' injuries, something all Celtics supporters had anticipated since his came earlier this year.

Averaging 18.9 points, 54.7 percent from the floor, 6.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and 1.9 assists, the 7-foot-2 Latvian has helped the Celtics start the season. Porzingis is slated to return this week after missing five games.