A win would give the Warriors sole possession of the second-longest regular-seasaon win streak in NBA history, breaking a tie with the 2012-13 Heat.
The Warriors have won five straight road games on a seven-game road trip. They’re trying to become the first team to sweep a road trip of at least seven games.
The Celtics are looking to spoil a win streak of at least 20 games for the second time in franchise history. They ended a 22-game run by the Rockets in March 2008. The Warriors have won four straight games against the Celtics. They’re trying to win three in a row in Boston for the first time since 1974-75. The last time the Warriors won three straight in Boston, the Warriors had yet to win an NBA title.
If any team can beat the Warriors at their own game, it might be the Celtics. Both teams rank in the top five in the league in pace. While Golden State has the most efficient offense in the league, the Celtics rank third in defensive efficiency, first in turnovers forced and fourth in 3-point field goals allowed per game.
Klay Thompson is listed as questionable for the game after scoring 39 points against the Pacers on Tuesday. When Thompson is on the bench this season, the Warriors are 5.6 points worse per 100 possessions and Stephen Curry shoots 11.5 percentage points worse from 3-point range (50 percent versus 38.5 percent).
According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Warriors have a 68 percent chance to beat the Celtics and a 34 percent chance to win their next seven games and break the 1971-72 Lakers record for longest win streak in NBA history (33 games).
Dating back to March, Golden State has won 14 consecutive regular-season games against teams from the East. According to Elias Sports Bureau, over the last 20 years, three Western Conference teams won 15 consecutive games against the Eastern Conference: the Kings (18 straight in 2003-04), Mavericks (16, 2007) and Spurs (16, 2014).