Golden State Warriors stand atop the Western Conference with 65 wins and 15 losses. They have been one of the best teams in the conference, which includes some big teams like San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers.
The Warriors are set to face another big team, Memphis Grizzlies, who have already grabbed the Playoff spot. The Grizzlies might not have been as impressive as the Warriors, but have won 54 games and lost 26.
These two teams are set to meet at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Monday.
Talking about present form in the NBA, Warriors have won eight out of their last 10, while Grizzlies have been rather disappointing as per their standards this season, where they have lost five and won five.
Both the teams would be using such games to prepare for the mega Playoffs, where a cut-throat competition is expected between top teams in the NBA.
The Warriors have won their last two matches against the Trail Blazers and Timberwolves and their last game against the Wolves was a tight one. They nearly blew a 17-point lead as well.
The head coach of the Warriors, Steve Kerr felt that his team might not be sharp now, but considers their edge will be back when the Playoff kicks in.
"Maybe this is just two weeks of already knowing our position, I don't know. We just weren't sharp," AP quoted Kerr as saying.
"I just think they're ready for the playoffs. They want it, and I'm very confident that when that happens, when the playoffs come, our edge will be back and we'll be sharper."
Despite, Warriors not being at top of their game, they were able to win their game, but it was not the same for Grizzlies, who lost their last game against Los Angeles Clippers, 86-94. With the Playoffs coming up, they need some victories under their belt to give them the much needed confidence.
The Grizzlies are not going to find it easy against a team like Warriors, who possess two of the best NBA players this season in the form of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Both the star players have been banging in those three pointers throughout the season and they need to carry such scoring form to the Playoffs as well.
Curry averages 24 points per game this season, while Thompson's average is 21.3 points.
Where to Watch Live
The game between the two starts at 10:30pm ET (8am IST and 2:30am BMT) with Live TV coverage on NBA TV in the US.
Indian viewers can watch the game live on Sony SIX.
International viewers can stream it online on NBA.com.