The Golden State Warriors starring point god Stephen Curry carries a 53-5 win-loss card at this point of the season and have a one-game edge over the all-time great 1995-1996 squad of the Chicago Bulls led by Michael Jordan, who were at 52-6 during their record regular season run about two decades ago.
Breaking the 72-10 mark by the Bulls is fast becoming a reality for these Warriors but they still have some work to do especially as other teams want to stop them at all costs and stop them from rewriting the NBA history books.
Of course, the other teams are aiming for playoff spots and better postseason positioning too, so Golden State will face stiffer challenges as the regular season winds down.
Who are the Warriors facing this week and which teams have the highest chance of giving them that rare defeat and 6th loss of the season?
Tuesday (March 1) vs. Atlanta Hawks
The Warriors visited Atlanta just last Feb. 22 and Golden State nabbed the easy 102-92 victory on the road.
The Warriors built a huge 23-point lead in that game but allowed the Hawks to claw back in the second half. However, Golden State knows how to win at crunchtime and delivered in the fourth quarter. Stephen Curry led the team in scoring in this one dropping 36 points on 5-of-11 shooting from behind the arc.
For Tuesday’s rematch, expect Curry to burn the Hawks again for an easy blowout victory in Golden State.
Prediction: Win for the Warriors (54-5).
Thursday (March 3) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
A rematch of the Thunder-Warriors after Curry’s godly performance the last time around? The basketball gods keep on giving as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the rest of the Warriors face off with rivals Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant again on Thursday.
The Thunder impressed last Saturday in Oklahoma City but will be hard-pressed to deliver the same performance in their 121-118 overtime loss. OKC actually had Golden State on the ropes but no thanks to a monumental blunder from Durant and thanks to a 32-footer from Curry, the Warriors escaped with the victory.
Prediction: Win for the Warriors (55-5) as they take advantage of a Thunder-struck squad after an emotional loss the last time around.
Sunday (March 6) vs. Los Angeles Lakers
It’s the Lakers featuring a 55-year-old Kobe Bryant, who may or may not play in this game.
Prediction: Win for the Warriors (56-5).
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