Warriors six-game trip puts spotlight on bad road record: The stats behind Golden State’s away struggles

By | December 13, 2022

The good news? The Warriors are coming off their most impressive win of the season, defeating the red-hot Celtics in a Finals rematch.

The bad news? A six-game road trip now awaits them.

The Warriors are tied with the Cavaliers for the best home record so far this season, but they’ve struggled mightily on the road. Whereas they’re 12-2 at the Chase Center, they’re a miserable 2-11 away from Golden State.

For perspective, only the Rockets (13) and Pistons (13) currently have more road losses than the Warriors. Both teams will almost certainly be in the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes come May, not trying to compete for a championship.

What’s going on with the Warriors on the road and how difficult will this stretch be? Let’s take a closer look.


What’s going on with the Warriors on the road?

The short answer: Golden State can’t get stops on the road.

The Warriors have been hard to score against on their home turf so far this season, holding teams to an average of 106.1 points per 100 possessions. Only the Grizzlies (105.0) and Cavaliers (104.9) have been stingier at home.

On the road, that number climbs all the way up to … 119.2.

Sounds bad, right? Only the Spurs (120.8) have a worst defensive rating than the Warriors when they hit the road. They’re another team hoping to be in the Wembanyama sweepstakes.

Pair that awful defense with a slightly above-average offense, and it’s no wonder it’s been a struggle.

Warriors at home vs. away (2022-23 season)
Location Offensive rating (rank) Defensive rating (rank) Net rating (rank)
Home 116.0 (9) 106.1 (3) 9.9 (4)
Road 111.2 (13) 119.2 (29) -8.0 (26)

The Warriors have faced some good teams on the road already this season, but losses to the LaMelo Ball-less Hornets, Pistons and Magic weren’t exactly inspiring.

Also, this happened only a few days ago:

Not great.

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Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Warriors upcoming schedule

It’s not going to be an easy road trip, either.

Between now and their Christmas Day matchup with the Grizzlies, the Warriors will face the Bucks, Pacers, 76ers, Raptors, Knicks and Nets on the road over nine days.

At 13-14, the Raptors are the only one of those teams that currently have a losing record. Ironically, the Raptors are in a similar boat as the Warriors in that they’ve been good at home (10-3) and rough on the road (3-11). Plus, Toronto has been one of the toughest places in the NBA to play for a while now.

Complicating matters further is Golden State’s trip includes a pair of back-to-backs. Oh, and it’s still unknown how available Andrew Wiggins will be due to an adductor strain.

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Warriors six-game road trip schedule
Date Opponent Time (ET) TV channel
Dec. 13 at Bucks 7:30 p.m. TNT
Dec. 14 at Pacers 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 16 at 76ers 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 18 at Raptors 6:00 p.m.
Dec. 20 at Knicks 7:30 p.m. TNT
Dec. 21 at Nets 7:30 p.m. NBA TV

Everything is so bunched up in the Western Conference that it’s hard to call this a make-or-break stretch for the Warriors, but they will play eight straight games at home when they return. If they can survive this road trip, that home stand could be what they need to catapult their back way up the standings.