Many teams in the NBA rest their starters on Friday night to prepare for the playoffs.
This will not be the case Golden State Warriors However, as Friday’s game Sacramento Kings It is their most important game of the season for many reasons.
They are obviously undefeated in the playoffs and winning this game would go a long way, but this game is extremely important for Golden State from a morale standpoint.
At 9-30 on the road this season, the Warriors look like a completely different team outside of the Chase Center and this game against Sacramento is a chance to start fresh in the postseason next week.
It doesn’t matter if De’Aaron Fox, Domantas Sabonis and others play for the Kings, Sacramento can rest their starters before the postseason, a road win for the Warriors on Friday night will be huge because it proves they can win on the road. With a playoff team.
More importantly, a win would ensure they can win on the road in a building where they have to play back-to-back games in the first round.
The Kings could be a 3-seed in the Western Conference and if they lose to the Warriors, Sacramento will be locked into that 3-seed spot.
For the Warriors, a win would bump them up to a 5-seed in the Western Conference, but Los Angeles ClippersTied in the standings, they own the playoff game against Golden State and take the 5-seed in the conference with a win on Saturday. Portland Trail BlazersFor the past several weeks they have clearly been packing their tanks.
Anything can happen in the game and who knows what injuries will happen, but a win on Friday could be exactly what this organization needs to go on to another title.
As crazy as this sounds, the Warriors are still competing threats this season, and despite having their fair share of struggles in the regular season, no team wants to play them in a seven-game series.
This is the first title the Warriors core has won together since the start of the 2014-15 season, as the Golden State Warriors are 93-34 in the playoffs and 22-2 overall. Their only two consecutive losses were in the 2016 NBA Finals and the 2019 NBA Finals.
Winning in the postseason has become second nature for the Warriors, and with Andrew Wiggins back in the fold and ready to return to contention, Golden State has what it takes to become a champion again.
A win over a team they face in the first round of the playoffs will put the Warriors on the road to the NBA Finals, and if they get this win, it’s not hard to believe they’ll make another run in the West. Conference travels to the NBA Finals.
So what’s at stake in Friday night’s game in Sacramento other than allowing the Warriors to adjust their thinking?
When looking at the Western Conference standings, it is clear that Golden State should win this game.
As mentioned earlier, they are tied to the clips, and both Los Angeles Lakers And New Orleans Pelicans They are one game behind them in the standings. Both the Lakers and Pelicans are currently ranked in the Play-In Tournament region.
Avoiding the playoffs is something every team, including the Warriors, wants to do, but if the Warriors lose on the road again, they could fall into the Play-In Tournament with one game left to play. .
The Clippers, Lakers and Pelicans all own tiebreakers against Golden State At this point, that’s why fighters really control their own destiny.
With a win in Sacramento, the Warriors could put themselves on a collision course for their fifth title in the last nine seasons.
By losing in Sacramento, the Warriors are in danger of not even making the playoffs given that they will be in the Play-In Tournament.
Friday night will really give everyone a clue as to what the future holds for the Warriors in the postseason.
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