The 2015-16 NBA regular season schedule was released earlier this week and the Boston Celtics have one of the most difficult schedules in terms of rest and travel miles of any team in the league.
It’s important to note when looking at these things that the league plays a balanced schedule and is unlike football where some teams won’t play the same opponents. In the NBA, sometimes its not as important who you are playing, but rather when the game occurs.
ESPN.com’s Bradford Doolittle took an in depth look at the new schedule by team earlier this week and ranked them on various factors.
The league worked hard to reduce the amount of back-to-back games in the 2015-16 schedule with a focus on eliminating as many four games in five nights stretches as possible.
The Celtics have 19 back-to-backs on the schedule which is one fewer than the league-high of 20 which is shared by five teams. Among those 19 back-to-backs are just four instances where they come as a pair of road games which is tied for the least in the league.
According to Doolittle, Boston will play just 15 games this season where they will have more rest than their opponent which ranks them last in the league. Additionally, the Celtics will travel 49,585 miles this season which is the fifth most in the league and the most of any Eastern Conference team. That total includes the December 3 game that will be played in Mexico City against the Sacramento Kings.
Boston’s longest home stand will be from February 25 through March 4 and will include five games. The Celtics will have a pair of five game road trips which will have them traveling back and forth across the country.
The first begins on November 29 when Boston hits the road for a back-to-back against Orlando and Miami. They then head west for a match up with the Kings before coming back east with stops in San Antonio and New Orleans. The second trip is exclusively a west coast swing that begins on March 26 in Phoenix and wraps up in Los Angeles on April 3.
The beginning of the season will be a challenging month for Brad Stevens’ team as they will be tested early with a number of match ups against playoff teams from the 2015 season. Of Boston’s first 16 games, 11 will be against teams that were in the playoffs last season. They also have two match ups against the Indiana Pacers and one against the Oklahoma City Thunder who figure to be in the playoff mix again this season.
Currently, the Celtics are scheduled to play ten nationally televised games with two coming on TNT, five on ESPN and three on NBA TV. Here is a look at Boston’s Nationally televised schedule:
|Nov 24||at Atlanta||8 p.m.||TNT|
|Dec 9||vs Chicago||7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Dec 27||vs New York||6 p.m.||NBA TV|
|Jan 7||at Chicago||8 p.m.||TNT|
|Jan 13||vs Indiana||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|Jan 31||at Orlando||6 p.m.||NBA TV|
|Feb 19||at Utah||10:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Mar 16||vs Oklahoma City||7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Mar 28||at L.A. Clippers||10:30 p.m.||NBA TV|
|Apr 1||at Golden State||10:30 p.m.||ESPN|