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Yes, those Golden State Warriors are just continuing their dominance this season, as they continue their pursuit of the best ever regular season record, which is currently held by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who finished the regular season with a 72-10 mark, and went on to win the championship that season.
They just demolished the lowly Philadelphia 76ers at home, in a rematch of the intensely exciting game that my brother and I went to (and which I happened to review here in late January), which raises their home record on the year to 35-0. The victory improved their overall record to 66-7. They have six games remaining at home, and nine games overall before they finish out their regular season.
In order to break the Bulls record of 72 regular season wins, the Warriors would need to finish their final nine games with a record of 7-2 or better.
According to Nate Silver's fivethirtyeight.com website, which is more famous for their political predictions, the Warriors have an 89% chance of at least matching the Bulls 72 wins, and a 66% chance of surpassing it.
That would establish a new record, and the Warriors also have a couple of other records that they could establish with their incredible regular season, should they finish off as strongly as they have played all season.
First of all, the Warriors could become the first team to complete the regular season with a perfect 41-0 home record. Right now, the 1985-86 Boston Celtics hold the record for best home record overall during the regular season with a 40-1 mark.
Also, the Warriors can become the first team in NBA history not to lose back-to-back games during the entirety of the regular season, which would truly be a remarkable feat worth mentioning and celebrating as well!
Of course, all of these achievements would be considerably compromised if their season does not end with another NBA title. But for now, at least, the Golden State Warriors are the darlings of the NBA, as the defending champions are setting a new precedent for regular season success. And that in itself is quite an amazing accomplishment!
Updated Odds Of The Warriors Going 73-9 By Kyle Wagner, March 28, 2016: