Winning the championship isn’t enough anymore for the Golden State Warriors. They’re on a quest to break the NBA regular-season record of 72 wins, set by the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls. The saga continues Friday night (8:30 PM ET) when the Warriors visit the Dallas Mavericks, who are fighting to make the playoffs.
After smashing everything in sight earlier in the season, the Warriors (60-6 SU, 37-27-2 ATS) have come down to earth a little, and it’s affecting them at the pay window. Golden State is 14-2 SU and 6-9-1 ATS over the past 16 games. The Dubs have also run into some rare injury problems; swingman Andre Igoudala (sprained left ankle) and back-up center Festus Ezeli (scoped left knee) are both out for Friday’s game.
The Mavericks (34-33 SU, 35-31-1 ATS) have also lost a step or two, but in their case, it’s costing them victories. Dallas is just 6-11 SU and ATS since the beginning of February. This is despite adding free agent power forward and former Warrior David Lee, who has played at a very high level during his 10 games in Dallas. Lee has 19.8 points and 15.0 rebounds per 36 minutes with the Mavs.