The San Antonio Spurs will match a historic NBA record on Friday night if they overcome the Memphis Grizzlies at the AT&T Center.
Victory over their Western Conference rivals will see the Spurs go level with the longest home winning streak to open a season, set by the Chicago Bulls in the 1995-96 campaign.
But they will be doing it without starters Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, along with Boris Diaw and Patty Mills.
Leonard, the 2014 Finals MVP, suffered an injury during their last home win; an 112-88 success over the Miami Heat.
The 24-year-old suffered a bruised right quad after a collision with Hassan Whiteside as he attacked the rim for a driving layup.
Whereas Leonard's absence is enforced, the other Spurs players are being rested as Gregg Popovich ensures his roster is suitably prepared for the playoffs.
In truth, the record will not mean much to the Spurs, who are planning their route to what they hope will be a sixth championship ring during the Tim Duncan and Popovich era.
Even without two of their starting five, they will fancy their chances against the Grizzlies given their imperious home form.
The Southwest Divison franchise have not lost at the AT&T in 45 regular-season games and the prospect of going unbeaten throughout the campaign looks like a distinct possibility.