Will Warriors Actually Break Chicago’s Single-Season Wins Record?
A recent loss to the Los Angeles Lakers shook the foundation of the defending champion Golden State Warriors. But that tilt lasted for a day, as Stephen Curry poured in over 40 points in a home win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
Quick Bounce Back
That innate ability to pick up the pieces after a bad game so quickly is one huge reason why the Warriors remain solid bets to top the NBA record for wins in a season set by the Chicago Bulls (72).
Head coach Steve Kerr has suggested that resting players for the playoffs may take precedence to matching or breaking such a record, but a quick look ahead at Golden State’s schedule still suggests the odds are pretty good that they’ll make history.
This is, after all, a team that began the season on a perfect 24-0 run and hasn’t lost at the Oracle Arena in 45 straight games. With the majority of their remaining regular season games either coming against far inferior opponents or at their home base, it only makes sense that many are bracing for the Warriors to unlock greatness later this year.
Where They Stand
Heading into Tuesday, Golden State now sits at a formidable 56-6, putting them very much on track to match or pass Chicago’s standing 72-10 single-season record.
To accomplish the feat, the Dubs would need to finish the season at 17-3. Considering the pace they’ve already set out, that may not be too much to ask.
That’s just on the surface, too. One quick look at Golden State’s remaining 2015-16 schedule shows us two huge things that are going to work in their favor: 14 of their remaining 20 games are at home and just 12 (barely over half) are against playoff caliber teams.
The latter is being kind to their future opponents, too, considering two of the games are against the Utah Jazz, two more are against the Memphis Grizzlies and two others have them facing the Dallas Mavericks. Sure, those six games are against Western Conference foes and aren’t nearly as winnable as gimme games against the 76ers and Suns, but for this Warriors team, those contests should equate to a 6-0 run.
The real concern? One final showdown with the division rival Clippers and three more meetings with the San Antonio Spurs.
That’s where things get tough, as the Spurs are no joke, resting comfortably right behind Golden State at a very impressive 53-10. It’s entirely possible the Warriors slip up, rest players or even suffer a key injury and lose 2-3 of those games.
Of course, considering the year the Dubs are having, that would constitute as an epic collapse, while it certainly needs to be pointed out that the Spurs had no answer for the Warriors in their first meeting earlier this year – a crushing 120-90 loss at Golden State.
Odds Favor it
Mathematically speaking, the Warriors entered Monday night with roughly an 80% chance to break the record, as some oddsmakers have them at -400 odds. It’s probably more beneficial to bet against those odds and hope the Dubs trip up at some point or have a tougher time against the Spurs over their next three meetings, but right now Vegas sees the writing on the wall just like the rest of us: this has been a historic Warriors team and like it or not, their run at history probably isn’t ending without that record.
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