The Golden State Warriors are having to fend off the Memphis Grizzlies for the second spot in the Western Conference, and they aren’t going to get any help from their remaining schedule, one of the most difficult in the NBA.
To make matters even worse, it seems like the Warriors will still be without four-time All-Star forward Draymond Green for the foreseeable future. He’s been out since early January with a back injury.
The Golden State Warriors need as many home playoff games as possible, but keeping their place in the standings will be easier said than done.
Per tankathon, the Warriors have the fifth-hardest remaining schedule with Phoenix, Miami and Memphis still coming up. To make matters even worse, they also don’t have Detroit, Houston or Oklahoma City on the schedule.
Golden State will get Orlando once, Sacramento once and Washington twice. The Warriors are trying to not give way to Memphis and then potentially Utah as well. The Griz defeated the Bulls in Chicago yesterday.
It’s not that Golden State will struggle to keep their record near the top of the league, but the problems will come with the inevitable streak that Memphis will go on. It has the second-easiest schedule in the league over the last stretch of the season.
The Warriors are tied with Phoenix for the best home record in the NBA, both teams 26-6. That type of winning at the Chase Center should be something the Warriors are aware of, especially down the stretch.
It’ll be key to have a good position in the seeding heading into the playoffs.
Golden State has as good of depth as any team in the league, and it’ll need timely performances from players like Otto Porter Jr. and Gary Payton II to finish with the second-best record in the West.
Stephen Curry can keep the Warriors in their current position by himself, but with 22 games left on the schedule, Golden State should want to keep their two-time MVP somewhat rested for when the playoffs roll around.
Nonetheless, Golden State may be two games up on Memphis right now, but it’s certainly still an uphill battle in their quest for a guaranteed home-court advantage through 2 rounds.