How Fair is NBA Schedule?

As we have 1230 NBA regular season games, do you think the games are being scheduled fairly? On the paper, it seems that some teams have easier schedules than the others; but with home stands and road trips all teams have to play 82 games in a 5.5. month time. To sum up research results, all I can speak that the further your team advances in last season’s playoff, the easier schedule will be awarded by NBA.

First of all, let’s have a look at the definitions used in this article and NBAstuffer.com

B2B: The team is playing second leg of the back to back game sets

3IN4: Te team is playing 3rd game in 4 days. Please note that this situation may not be “B2B” game every time

4IN5: The team is playing 4th game in 5 days. Count it as a “B2B” game but arguably the toughest situation a team may have.

1: The team have rested 1 day

2: The team have rested 2 days

3: The team have rested 3 or more days

In the tables given below; I’ve had San Antonio and Cleveland in yellow.

When we look at the “total days off” table it’s understood that NBA allowed all teams a total ’70-79′ days rest. In professional sports, especially in basketball, what matters much is how frequent the teams have rest than how many days they do rest totally. The “total days off” sounds fishy; it makes people think there is a fairly setted schedule out there, but schedule researchs have made the subject clear: Some of the teams have been a little bit blessed by NBA.

{tab=TOTAL DAYS OFF}

TOTAL DAYS OFF
Mem79
Orl78
Njn76
Sac76
Uta76
Was76
Den75
Ind75
Mil75
Min75
Phi75
Pho75
Cha74
Dal74
Hou74
Nor74
Por74
Sea74
Atl73
Bos73
Cle73
Lal73
Chi72
San72
Det71
Mia71
Nyk71
Tor71
Gol70
Lac70

{tab=3+ DAYS REST}

3+GAMES
Phi11
Tor9
Cha8
Cle8
Hou8
San8
Was8
Chi7
Den7
Lal7
Min7
Nor7
Nyk7
Por7
Uta7
Det6
Gol6
Lac6
Njn6
Orl6
Sea6
Atl5
Bos5
Dal5
Ind5
Mia5
Sac5
Mem4
Mil4
Pho4

{tab=2 DAYS REST}

2GAMES
Mem19
Mil18
Ind17
Atl15
Njn15
Sac15
Mia14
Orl14
Pho14
Por14
Uta14
Det13
Bos12
Den12
Chi11
Cle11
Dal11
Gol11
Min11
Cha10
Lac10
Nor10
Nyk10
Was9
Hou8
Lal8
San8
Sea8
Phi6
Tor5

{tab=1 DAYS REST}

1GAMES
Sea40
Dal37
Lal36
Pho35
Bos34
Hou34
Tor34
Was34
Nor33
Lac32
Min32
Orl32
San32
Sac31
Cha30
Den30
Gol30
Nyk30
Phi30
Chi29
Mem29
Atl28
Mia28
Njn28
Cle27
Det27
Mil27
Uta27
Ind26
Por25

{tab=B 2 B}

B2BGAMES
Mem12
Ind11
Atl9
Cle9
Njn9
Den8
Det8
Por8
Sac8
Orl7
Phi7
Uta7
Chi6
Gol6
Min6
Nyk6
San6
Bos5
Cha5
Dal5
Hou5
Lac5
Mia5
Mil5
Pho5
Lal4
Nor4
Was4
Tor3
Sea1

{tab=3rd IN 4}

3IN4GAMES
Lac28
Tor28
Nor27
Cha26
Lal26
Mia26
Nyk26
Phi26
San26
Chi25
Cle25
Det25
Gol25
Sea25
Hou24
Mil24
Por24
Uta24
Was24
Atl23
Bos23
Min23
Den22
Sac22
Dal21
Ind21
Njn21
Orl21
Pho21
Mem17

{tab=4th IN 5}

4IN5GAMES
Chi4
Gol4
Mia4
Mil4
Por4
Bos3
Cha3
Dal3
Den3
Det3
Hou3
Min3
Njn3
Nyk3
Pho3
Tor3
Uta3
Was3
Atl2
Cle2
Ind2
Orl2
Phi2
San2
Sea2
Lac1
Lal1
Mem1
Nor1
Sac1

{/tabs}