The NBA schedule was released Wednesday evening, and the Celtics appear to have gotten the short end of the stick.
The Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks play 28 games this season in which they're more rested than their opponents, according to an analysis of the schedule by Ed Kuper. The Celtics play just 13 games in which they're more rested than their opponent, tied with Atlanta for fewest in the league.
NBA: UTA and DAL play 28 games in which they are more rested than opponents. ATL and BOS tied for least at 13. pic.twitter.com/AV108vYZdJ— Ed Kupfer (@EdKupfer) August 14, 2014
The C's are also in the top half of the league in terms of the distance they'll have to travel for games. They'll travel further than all but two Eastern Conference teams.
Distance to be covered by each NBA team in the 2014-15 season. pic.twitter.com/8OVbNWm3F1— Ed Kupfer (@EdKupfer) August 14, 2014
Another interesting angle to take is how many games a team plays against an opponent on the second night of a back-to-back. The Celtics don't fare well there, either, playing just 14 of those games, compared to Utah's 27.
Utah Jazz will play 27 games vs opponents who are playing the back end of back-to-backs. OKC and CLE least at 10&11. pic.twitter.com/BfJfwmkPEM— Ed Kupfer (@EdKupfer) August 14, 2014