Tonight is game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals with the Raptors holding a 3-2 series lead. The Bucks won the first 2 games at home, narrowly lost game 3 after double overtime, then lost game 4 and 5 to be on the brink of elimination. After dominating the first 2 rounds of the playoffs they now find themselves in a must win road game tonight in game 6. This team is plenty capable of pulling out a win but it's a tall task on the road with a hungry team knowing they only need tonights game to advance to the NBA Finals.
The Raptors have shown fight this whole series, leading much of game 1 before blowing it in the 4th quarter, gutting out the game 3 double OT win and following that up by holding serve on their home floor and then stealing home court in game 5. Tonight is the culmination of all they worked for this season, a trip to the NBA Finals is on the line.
In this game I expect the Raptors to play with a sense of excitement and anticipation, they get this game at home which is a huge advantage. In these spots teams on the cusp of advancing typically put it all together and advance. The Bucks certainly had their chances in this series very nearly going up 3-0, which would have all but assured them moving on. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 series deficit in NBA history. The Bucks led most of game 5 before falling behind in the 4th quarter and falling short in the final few minutes as they desperately tried to catch up. With all that said, I predict the Raptors will pull off the improbable and win their 4th game in a row in this series and stamp their ticket to the NBA Finals.