NBA schedule hits record low for back-to-back games per team
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has made it a priority over the years to adjust the schedule to be less strenuous on the league's 30 teams and its players. This issue became even more prevalent when upper-echelon teams began resting their stars during high-profile matchups without providing fair warning.
The 2018-19 regular-season schedule was unveiled Friday, and the slate has never been more accommodating.
The league average for back-to-back games dropped from 19.3 in 2015 to 14.4 last season, to now a record-low 13.3 for the upcoming campaign.
No team will have to endure a stretch of four games in five nights for the second year in a row, nor will anyone have to play through eight games in 12 nights, which has never happened before in league history.
The season commences on Oct. 16 with the Boston Celtics hosting the Philadelphia 76ers in a rematch of the Eastern Conference semifinals, while the reigning champion Golden State Warriors welcome the Oklahoma City Thunder to Oracle Arena.
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