The Warriors will return home for the second time in two years after defeating the Miami Heat on Monday.
The Warriors have won three of their last four and will host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
They lost to the Lakers on Friday in the Western Conference semifinals but beat the Houston Rockets in the conference semifinals to win the Western conference.
Their best chance to avoid another season of futility may come against the Cavaliers on Wednesday, when they will face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
“We’re going to come back home and play, we’re going at our best, we are going to go to the playoffs,” Warriors forward Klay Thompson said.
However, the Warriors have been in a precarious spot in the last month, after they lost five of their first six games and had to play seven road games, five at home and one away.
In the NBA, the Cleveland Browns beat the Miami Dolphins to clinch the AFC North title, while the Washington Wizards won the NBA Eastern Conference Finals over the Atlanta Hawks.
Although the Warriors had won six of their previous eight home games, they fell to the Philadelphia 76ers in the opener of the playoffs.
This time around, the Cavs won’t face a team that was eliminated from the playoffs earlier this season, but they have a chance to be back in the postseason.
Since winning the NBA title in 2020, the Golden State Warriors have never won a championship in Cleveland, and were swept by the Miami Hurricane in the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs.
“It’s a great challenge for us, it’s a good challenge for the Cavs and it’s great for us to be part of a championship,” Curry said.
“It’s going to be a long season, it won’t be easy, but we have a great opportunity to be in the playoffs.”
The Cavs lost in six games to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, including a 106-98 loss to the Chicago Lakers.
Thompson said he was “excited” about facing the Cavaliers in what will be his first game back in Cleveland.
But he admitted the Warriors would need to play better.
“We’ve got to get a win, but it’s hard, I guess you could say,” he said.
“It will be a great game, it’ll be a good game to start the season off right.”
Thompson had been out with a hip injury for the last two months.
After the game, Curry said it would be a “good” experience to face his old team.
He said his confidence would be “pretty high” heading into Wednesday’s game.
“I feel great, I’m feeling great, it will be good,” he added.
“I feel like we’re ready, we have to be more aggressive, we need to do it.”
Hopefully, we can play well, we’ll get a great win.