The Golden State Warriors will welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to the Oracle Arena tonight knowing that a win will see them achieve NBA history.
After a 15-0 start to the 2015-16 campaign, the reigning champions are one W away from achieving the longest ever winning streak to begin a season.
Facing a 2-11 Lakers, the odds are certainly stacked in the Warriors' favour. And, while there may be some associated with the Lakers (Kobe included) who have faith in their team causing the shock of the season, Lakers legend Magic Johnson appears to have resigned himself to the inevitable.
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Taking to Twitter, the man who won five titles in Los Angeles had a pessimistic message for the Lakers faithful:
Die hard Lakers fans might be unhappy to see a franchise legend give up on the team before they've even tipped off, but, let's face it, he isn't exactly sticking his neck on the line by predicting a Lakers loss.
Odds against them
The Lakers - a team who rank third-worst in defensive rating - will face off against the league-leaders in terms of points-per-game (114). What's more, it's on the Warriors' home turf.
Golden State has lost just two regular-season games on their own hardwood since the start of the 2014-15 NBA season.
Kobe told reporters earlier this week that "stranger things have happened" than a Lakers victory over GSW tonight. While he might be staying (relatively) optimistic before tip-off, Magic Johnson will most likely be the one proved correct come Wednesday morning.
Lakers fans: How can your team upset the Warriors tonight? Have your say in the comments below...