The chase for 73 wins: Can Golden State do it?

The Golden State Warriors have stolen the spotlight this season and they are on verge of completing the most successful regular season campaign in NBA history. Can they break the Chicago Bulls’ record?

The 1995/96 Bulls team currently hold the record for the best NBA regular season with 72 wins and 10 losses. The Warriors currently boast a 68-7 record with seven games to play.

The Warriors will need to win five of their last seven games to etch their name in the record books, and we’ve assessed their chances of achieving the feat.

Who are the Warriors’ last seven opponents?

The Warriors will play their next four games on home soil against the Boston Celtics, Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs.

A two-game road trip will follow, starting with a visit to the Memphis Grizzlies before finishing off with a game at the AT&T Center against the Spurs. The Warriors will the return home for their final game of the regular season, which will see them take on the Grizzlies for the second time in four days.

Who could hinder the Warriors’ chance to make history?

The only team that springs to mind is the Spurs. They have the second-best record in the NBA with 63 wins and 12 losses and have handed the Warriors one of their seven losses this season.

The Spurs not only beat the Warriors 87-79 on March 19, but also restricted them to their lowest number of points scored in a game all season long. Impressive to say the least!

However, let’s not forget that the Warriors crushed the Spurs 120-90 back in January, so the season series is currently tied at 1-1.

The Warriors should defeat the Spurs when they host them at the Oracle Arena on April 7 as they have been unstoppable on home soil. However, when they travel to the Spurs’ lair three days later, the Warriors are going to find themselves in a serious battle as the Spurs set an NBA record for the most home wins in a season after they beat the New Orleans Pelicans for their 38th straight win at the AT&T Center on Wednesday.

Can the Warriors win 73 games?

Stephen Curry and Draymond Green

There is a good chance that the Warriors will achieve this and surpass the incredible season the Bulls had back in 1995/96. However, if they are to do so, the Warriors can’t let their level drop.

They will need point guard Stephen Curry to keep the fire burning and ensure he does not endure a cold spell. The same can be said about Curry’s partner in crime Klay Thompson. Draymond Green meanwhile needs to continue to shine with his all-round game as he has been the Warriors’ triple-double king. With 12 triple-doubles to his name this season, Green might have to register a few more if his team are to make history.

The last thing the Warriors must do is not succumb to the pressure. The entire roster will be aware that they are within touching distance of having the best season ever, but they must remain focused on the task at hand. If they fail to do this, their chase for 73 wins could end up going up in smoke.

Bimal Mirwani