Friday, April 1, 2016

Warriors could post NBA's best home record ever AND best road record ever - which is more likely?

With 7 games remaining, the 68-7 Golden State Warriors are 36-0 at home and 32-7 on the road.  The best home record in NBA history is 40-1, by the 1985-86 Boston Celtics.  The top road record of all time belongs to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who went 33-8 (that club's best overall record of 72-10 looks like it's about to fall as well).

If the Warriors finishes 5-0 at home they'll be 41-0 at Oracle Arena, if they win their last two away contests they'll be 34-7 on the road.  If they run the table and get victories in all seven of their remaining games, they'll break both records (and end up a ridiculous 75-7).  I don't think that's going to happen.  Golden State will want to take it's foot off the gas pedal and rest a bit at some point before the playoffs.

In theory, winning two games on the road should be easier than five at home.  However, I'm guessing the Warriors care a lot more about being undefeated at home than they do about having the best road record in league history.  The two road contests they have left are also on back-to-back nights in Memphis and San Antonio in games No. 80 and 81--the Warriors will likely let their guard down for one of those two.

Unless the Celtics stun them in Oakland tonight, then this whole thought process goes out the window.

-Do the Spurs care enough about the 41-0 home record to make things difficult for the Warriors?
-The Spurs might go undefeated at home and not win the championship
-Klay Thompson will hit more 3-pointers this season than anyone besides his teammate Steph Curry ever has
-No one has ever been better at basketball than Steph Curry is right now

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