Stephen Curry and the Warriors have it pretty easy before they have to face LeBron James again.
Last year, the Golden State Warriors didn’t lose until their 25th game of the season, when they faced the Bucks on Dec. 12. Based on records from last season, the Warriors have the NBA’s easiest schedule before Christmas. Their pre-Christmas opponents’ 2016-17 win percentage is .449, 18 percentage points lower than that of the Thunder’s foes.
The Warriors first game against the Cavaliers is on Christmas. Prior to that, it’s relatively easy, even when taking into consideration the season opener against the Spurs.
The Warriors have three games each against the Lakers, Suns and Pelicans (each finished among the six worst teams last season) and 17 games against teams that finished under .500 (the most in the NBA). Six of their seven games on no days rest are against teams that finished the previous season with losing records.
Looking at a month-by-month breakdown, the most challenging month for the Warriors will be January, when they have the NBA’s fifth-hardest schedule.
Eleven of the Warriors’ 14 games in January are against teams that made the playoffs last season.
In fact, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 11, the Warriors play eight games, and seven of them are against teams that finished .500 or better. The last of those is Kevin Durant’s return to Oklahoma City. The Warriors play three back-to-backs, and the second game of each is on the road against a playoff team.