Race To The Top: Road Ahead For Warriors And Spurs

Race To The Top: Road Ahead For Warriors And Spurs NBA Playoffs

With just over three weeks remaining in the regular season, the competition for Playoff spots and seedings are being decided with the result of each game. However, no race has turned as many heads and grasped as much attention as the competition for the top spot in the West.

The Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs are separated by two games currently and both have favourable schedules ahead. Golden State play eight of their remaining 13 games at home. Seven of the remaining games are against .500 teams or better, with the toughest ones at home being against the Houston Rockets (Mar. 31) and the Washington Wizards (Apr. 2). The toughest stretch for the Dubs, on the road, is a back-to-back set in Houston and San Antonio (Mar. 28-29).

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For the Spurs, it’s the same story – eight of their remaining 13 games are scheduled at the AT&T Center. However, the Spurs have a treacherous stretch between Mar. 27 and Apr. 2 where they the play the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz. They also play the Memphis Grizzlies twice, a team that has bested them on both occasions earlier this season.

WATCH: Gasol leads the Spurs past the Kings

The East

For much of the season, it’s looked like the Cleveland Cavaliers would coast to the top seed in the East. But that’s not been the case off late. The Boston Celtics are lurking in the shadows, just 2.5 games behind. The biggest talking point of the schedule for the defending champs is their closing stretch. Their last five games are against competitive playoff opponents in the Celtics, the Toronto Raptors, the Miami Heat and the Atlanta Hawks (2). Three of those last five are on the road.

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The Celtics probably have the most favourable schedule of them all. Only three of their remaining 12 games are on the road. In terms of opponents, the Celtics are slated to play only four teams with .500 records or better, with the toughest one being at home against the Cavaliers. A win against the Cavs, though, would help Boston in its pursuit of the top spot in the East.