After becoming the first team in NBA history to start a season 16-0, there are questions surrounding the Golden State Warriors and where the rest of this season could place them historically.
We take a look at what might be ahead for the defending champions, both in the short and long term.
Their next test
Golden State will put their undefeated record on the line Friday night when they visit the Phoenix Suns.
The Warriors are riding a 20-game win streak that dates back to last season. A win over the Suns will make them the fourth team in NBA history to win more than 20 consecutive games. They would join the 1971-72 Lakers with 33 wins, 2012-13 Heat with 27, and 2007-08 Rockets with 22.
ESPN’s Basketball Power Index (BPI) gives the Warriors a 77 percent chance to win the game.
An all-time win streak?
If the Warriors keep winning, they would have a chance to tie the Lakers record for most consecutive wins on Christmas Day against the Cavaliers in an NBA Finals rematch.
BPI gives the Warriors a five percent chance of entering Christmas Day undefeated.
BPI now gives the Warriors a 20 percent chance of tying the 1995-96 Bulls’ record of 72 wins in a season. They’d have to go 56-10 the rest of the way to reach that mark. They are now a BPI favorite in every single one of their remaining games.
The Warriors have outscored opponents by a combined 250 points this season. The most dominant run the 1995-96 Bulls had over any 16-game stretch in terms of scoring margin was +276 (Jan. 3 to Feb. 2).