Golden State Warriors and LA Lakers — two teams in contrasting form — are set for a huge encounter at Oakland Arena in Oakland on Tuesday. The Warriors have been fantastic in the season so far, having won all of their first 15 matches, while the Lakers have been struggling in the season with two victories and 11 losses so far.
The Lakers are aware of the humongous ask of facing the Warriors at home in such an incredible form, as they have been destroying teams like no other. Be it home or away, the Warriors have been in top form, maintaining their unbeaten streak.
The Brooklyn Nets came close to defeating the Warriors, who won the game in overtime. The Warriors were staring at their first defeat against the Los Angeles Clippers as well, but won the in the fourth quarter.
What makes the Warriors a strong team in the NBA is their willingness and confidence in defeating any team from impossible situations. Stephen Curry, as expected, has been their best player so far, and is likely to remain their talismanic player throughout the season.
With 15 straight victories under their belt, the Warriors have a chance to go past the long-standing record of the Washington Capitols and Houston Rockets, who won their first 15 games of the season in the 1948-49 and 1993-94 seasons, respectively.
Curry is aware of the amazing feat the team has accomplished so far. It will be a wonderful moment for the Warriors to break this record after the hard work they have put in so far.
''Now that we're here and have tied the record, it's a huge accomplishment,'' AP quoted Curry as saying. ''You never know if you'll ever be in this position again. We have a great group and to be able to be in position to do something that hasn't been done in the history of the NBA with all the great teams and all the great players who have played in this league, that's special.''
The Bulls, on the other hand, will be searching for their third win, and could prove to be the villain for the Warriors, who are going for their 16th record win. The Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons last week and have lost three matches since. The Lakers will depend on players such as Jordan Jackson, Julius Randle and Lou Williams, but they will need their best player, Kobe Bryant, to fire on all cylinders.
Bryant, despite their poor form, is positive ahead of the Warriors clash.
''We might go up there and we might play like gangbusters up there,'' he said. ''You never know.''
Where to watch live
Golden State Warriors vs LA Lakers NBA game is scheduled for 10:30 pm EST (9 am IST, 3:30 am GMT) start. Sony Six and Sony Six HD will offer live coverage of the Golden State Warriors vs LA Lakers NBA game in India with live streaming on Livsports.
US viewers can watch the Golden State Warriors vs LA Lakers NBA game on ESPN with live streaming on Watch ESPN.
Golden State Warriors vs LA Lakers NBA game can be followed live in the Philippines on NBA Premium.
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