The Golden State Warriors are anxiously awaiting their next opponent in the NBA finals. The Warriors will be playing in their 5th straight finals, but for the first time in 5 years, they won't be playing against the Cleveland Cavaliers. All 3 of Golden State's championships in the past 4 years have come against Lebron James and the Cavaliers, but this year, if they can get a 3-peat, it will have to come against either the Toronto Raptors or the Milwaukee Bucks. That series is headed to game 6. Prior to game 5, the home team won each game. Milwaukee took the first two, and Toronto won their 2 at home.
Game 5 had the Bucks as a 7.5 point home favorite, but the Raptors got the road win 105-99, which brings us to game 6. Toronto will be home, and are a slight 2.5 point favorite. In my opinion Toronto has the better chance to knock off Golden State If they can advance. If they win game 6, then they do advance, but if they lose, then that will force a game 7 in Milwaukee, where I don't think the Bucks will lose again, at least not in this series. Whoever wins and plays the Warriors will have decent fighting chance because game 1 of the finals will be May 30 regardless of who is in it, and the Warriors big star Kevin Durant won't be ready for that game. He missed the whole series against the Portland Trailblazers; lucky for the Warriors they didn't need him as they swept their way to the finals. But they will need him in the finals regardless of who they play, and without him in game 1, they may fall in an 0-1 hole early.
And Both Milwaukee and Toronto have a better record than Golden State, so whichever teams comes out of the East will get home court advantage. On top of all that, I still say a team is hungrier looking for their first championship than a team who has had a lot of success in recent years. Sure, a 3-peat would be nice for the warriors, and they may like to go out with one more championship with this group of guys before the team breaks up a little bit; Durant is rumored to be headed to the Knicks or Clippers, but a team looking for its first ever championship against a team who has been there 5 times in a row, I'd bet on whichever teams comes out of the East.