There are 30 games remaining on the Golden State Warriors' (48-4) schedule as they open the second half of the 2015-2016 NBA season, but the next six games present a difficult stretch for point guard Stephen Curry and Co. as they pursue the all-time best regular-season record.
The Warriors, behind Curry’s likely second-consecutive MVP season, are already one game better than the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls all-time record. Through 52 games, the Bulls were 47-5, or a winning percentage of 90.3, compared to the Warriors' 92.3 percent. Golden State can go 24-6 to equal Chicago's mark of 72-10 or at least 25-5 to beat the record.
Golden State begins the final stretch of the season with six consecutive road games, including a three-game trip to the East Coast, starting with Friday night’s trek to face the Portland Trail Blazers. From there, the Warriors face the improving Los Angeles Clippers, then cross the country to meet the Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder over a short five-day span.
The Magic are the only team of the six that is not expected to reach the playoffs, but Golden State’s already beaten four of the six squads this season.
Things don't start out easy for Steve Kerr's squad. Curry, along with All-Star teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, face Portland’s lethal backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
However, Golden State took Portland’s best punch last month at Moda Center, where the Blazers are 16-11 this season. Lillard put up 40 points, McCollum added 17, and Portland forced 15 Warriors turnovers, but Thompson scorched the Blazers for 36 points and Green posted a triple-double of 11 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 128-108 blowout win on Jan. 8.
The Clippers may present more of a challenge, but they’ll continue to miss forward Blake Griffin due to injury and a suspension. L.A. lost to the Warriors twice already this year, but by an average of 5.5 points and Golden State required a 23-point comeback and 40 points from Curry to pull out a gritty 124-117 victory back on Nov. 19. The Clippers are coming off a 105-86 thumping of the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, and have an 18-8 record at Staples Center.
Atlanta and Orlando will get their first taste of the Warriors, while Oklahoma City and Miami will try to avenge narrow losses from earlier this season.
Below is the Warriors final six-game slate to close February, including where to watch each matchup. Three of the games are scheduled to be broadcast nationally.
Warriors TV Schedule
Friday, Feb. 19 at Portland, 10 p.m. ET (CSN Bay Area, CSN Northwest)
Saturday, Feb. 20 at L.A. Clippers, 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Monday, Feb. 22 at Atlanta, 8 p.m ET (NBATV, CSN Bay Area, Fox Sports Southeast)
Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Miami, 7:30 p.m. ET (CSN Bay Area, Fox Sports Sun)
Thursday, Feb. 25, at Orlando, 7 p.m. ET (CSN Bay Area, Fox Sports Florida)
Saturday, Feb. 27 at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)