A few days after their loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the Golden State Warriors appear to have locked up home-court advantage in the Western Conference. With just 12 games left on the regular-season schedule, the defending champs can focus on setting the all-time wins record in an NBA season.
Winning 63 of their first 70 games, the Warriors need to go 10-2 in order to break the 72-10 mark set by the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls. Golden State is on pace to make history, though their upcoming schedule includes some difficult games.
Game No.71 for the Warriors comes against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Golden State is 3-0 against their division rivals, but L.A. has nearly come up with a few wins. The Clippers led the Warriors in the fourth quarter of their first two matchups, and they lost by just three points a month ago in Los Angeles. The Clippers have the fourth-best record in the Western Conference, but they’ve lost four of their last five games as they struggle without the injured Blake Griffin.
Most importantly, the Warriors will be home against the Clippers. Stephen Curry and Co. are 32-0 at home, and their 50-game winning streak at Oracle Arena dating back to last year's regular season is the all-time record. Following a three-game road trip, the Warriors are set to begin a four-game homestand.
The Warriors conclude their homestand with games against the Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards. Dallas is one of the seven teams that has defeated Golden State this year, but the Warriors beat them by 18 points less than a week ago. The Warriors barely escaped Philadelphia with a three-point victory in their only meeting with the nine-win 76ers, and Curry dropped 51 points on the Wizards in Golden State’s only meeting with Washington.
Golden State closes out March with a visit to Utah. The Warriors are 3-0 against the Jazz, winning their last two games against Utah by a combined 39 points.
Golden State’s loss to San Antonio came during their sixth game in nine days. Including their 109-104 victory in Minnesota on Monday, the Warriors are in the midst of a five-game stretch in which they’ll have one day of rest in between each contest.
With Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli battling injuries, the Warriors are without three of their top eight rotation players. The team is optimistic that the two big men will return soon. An ankle sprain was initially projected to keep Iguodala out for at least two weeks, and the reigning NBA Finals MVP winner hasn’t played since March 11.
Warriors TV Schedule
Wednesday, March 23 vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, CSN Bay Area, Prime Ticket)
Friday, March 25 vs. Dallas Mavericks, 10:30 p.m. ET (CSN Bay Area, FSSW)
Sunday, March 27 vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 8 p.m. ET (CSN Bay Area, CSN)
Tuesday, March 29 vs. Washington Wizards, 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT, CSN Bay Area)
Wednesday, March 30 at Utah Jazz, 9 p.m. ET (CSN Bay Area, ROOT)