December 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates after making a basket against the Dallas Mavericks during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Mavericks 95-93. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

What the New Year Will Bring for the Golden State Warriors

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In two words, the answer to the question, “What the New Year will bring for the Golden State Warriors?” is quite simple: THE EAST.

The Warriors, to this point in the NBA season, have player a mere six games against their Eastern conference counterparts. And in those six games, their record is a stellar 5-1. Against the Eastern Conference they are shooting a higher percentage from the floor,  gathering more rebounds, dishing out more assists, and scoring almost six more points per game than what they do against the Western Conference.

The Warriors current record of 20-13 would currently be good enough for third in the East. But in the West, it is only good enough for seventh. They still have 24 more games to play against the lowly East, but eight of their next 10 games are against the East opponents as the Warriors will play seven of those 10 games on the road against teams such as Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta, and Brooklyn.

The Warriors will have two major tests coming up, though. Thursday evening, they travel to Miami to take on the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. The Warriors are currently riding a six game win streak and now seek their longest since their eight-game win streak spanning from March 25- Apr. 8, 2005.

On Jan. 20, the Warriors will face another true Eastern Conference test against the physically bruising Indiana Pacers.

Against East this year, the Warriors have shown done more than just spread team’s out and beat them from deep. 38.5 percent of their shots come from in the rim area, and of those 197 shots, the Warriors have hit 123 of them, good enough for 62.4 percent. The Warriors are actually shooting a better percentage near the rim against Eastern Conference foes then their Western Conference rivals, as well as shoot a better percentage from midrange against the East.

With so much of the Warriors upcoming schedule against weaker opponents and the team healthy for now, look for the Warriors to continue racking up wins en route to a top seed in the vaunted Western Conference, a conference with far more competitive teams then the feeble East.

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