Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs: Home form rules all

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The Golden State Warriors are in Texas as part of a three-game road trip that will see the biggest game of the regular season at the AT&T Center in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

Having seen off the Dallas Mavericks 130-112 on Friday night, the defending champions now turn their attention to a tie with Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs. 

Golden State have been in incredible form this season as they chase the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' 72-10 regular season record, but no matter how hard they try, they have not been able to shake off the Spurs.

The 2014 Champions have been quietly going about their business after a franchise-best start to the campaign and remain just four games behind the Western Conference leaders. 

With just four weeks to go until the start of the postseason action, and three games still to play between the top two in the West, it is the perfect time for either of the two dominant franchises to make a statement.

The Warriors and Spurs are favourites to meet in the Western Conference finals given their imperious seasons to date and what a bigger statement is there to make then busting a 40+ game home winning streak?

Home comforts have been the catalyst for these record-breaking seasons as both teams remain unbeaten in their respective arenas. The Warriors hold the record for consecutive win in their back yard in the regular season; making history during a victory over the Orlando Magic - a run that now stands at 50. 

They are the first franchise in American professional sports history to go half a century of games without defeat at home. The Spurs are not far behind on 42. 

32 of the Warriors' wins have come during the 2015-16 campaign as the Dubs have gone about besting the Bulls' previous record, but they haven't had it all their own way. 

They boast a +11.5 point differential at the Oracle and there have been huge blowout victories - as you would expect in any dominant season - such as the 50-point blowout over the Memphis Grizzlies and the 34-point win against the Los Angeles Lakers. 

However, there have been nights where the Warriors have had to work hard to preserve their unbeaten home stretch. The 112-108 win over the L.A Clippers was an early indication they wouldn't have it all their own way. 

The Brooklyn Nets were an unlikely problem at the Oracle as a Klay Thompson-less Golden State had to rely on Andre Iguadola to hit a clutch three and take the game to overtime. 

Atlanta and Denver have also forced OT in the Bay while the Magic produced a stunning comeback last week before a Thompson three in the dying moments preserved the record. 

For the Spurs, they have been imperious at the AT&T and hold the best home record in the league this season at 34-0. Without much publicity - just the way the Spurs like it - they sit just two games behind the Chicago Bulls' previous record of home wins.

The five-time Champions have been equally as emphatic in Texas this year and have swept most challengers away with consummate ease. A 32-point win over the Phoenix Suns and a 31-point blowout of the Houston Rockets have been standout performances.

However, as with every NBA season, there has been heart in mouth moments. The New York Knicks surprisingly caused the most problems and could have left the arena with the W but for Jose Calderon's miss at the buzzer. 

The Boston Celtics pushed them close, as did the Cleveland Cavaliers, but there have been no buzzer-beaters or overtimes needed as the Spurs boast the best points differential at home this season; +13.7.

There is no doubt that Sunday morning's game is the biggest of the regular season to date, and with the Warriors' league-best away record, it should be an enthralling game in San Antonio. 

With two games at the AT&T and one to come at the Oracle, you get the sense something has to give - but whose record will vanish first?

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