NBA schedules released–overview

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NBA schedules released–overview

The schedules have been released for the new season but fans shouldn’t expect any surprises. The final four teams from each conference last season–Chicago, Miami, Boston, Atlanta and Dallas, Oklahoma City, Memphis, Los Angeles will all be there again this year. Not much has changed with the teams and their players so they will be at it again in the new season. The abbreviated schedules though present some obstacles:

  • Not every team will have to play games on three consecutive nights so there will be teams that will show a lot of “wear” with serious injuries
  • The Heat will be ‘under the gun’ from the start of the season where nine of their first twelve games will be on the road because of the Barnum & Bailey circus which takes over the American Airlines Arena for ten days in early January.
  • The Spurs won’t have to leave their arena till late January for their yearly long road trip from the annual rodeo.
  • Of the eight teams to reach their conference semifinals, Dallas, Miami and Boston have 19 back to back games with Chicago a much easier 17. Dallas, Atlanta, Memphis, Oklahoma City and the Lakers all have one set of back to back to back game nights. Fans should look to see how the defending champs deal with this throughout the season.
  • San Antonio plays two sets of back to back to back games
  • The Celtics have, it seems like the most breaks with several three day, one five and one six day long break. Dallas also has several extended breaks.
  • Chicago has the least amount of extended breaks with nothing over three days.

So due to the schedule many rookies and sophomores can be surprises from injuries to starting players or by coming off the bench and providing relief in scoring or defense. The season will be a steeplechase race with the team that does the “little things” right (especially off the court) with a strong possibility of winning the title.

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