Now, at 33-27, the Warriors are just 3 1/2 games ahead of the Lakers.
The Lakers have 23 games left on the schedule, including two against Golden State. A Lakers sweep would close the gap to a single game in the loss column -- the Lakers would hold the tiebreaker.
The Warriors have 22 games left on their schedule with 16 at home. Only 41% of their opponents have records at .500 or above.
Meanwhile the Lakers have a more difficult finish with 11 at home and 12 on the road. Of their final opponents, 52% are at .500 or above.
The Warriors would need to continue their slump (especially with a favorable schedule) but they might open a path to the playoffs for the Lakers.ALSO: