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NBA scheduling formula: what a weaker Eastern Conference means for the Miami Heat

Numerous projections have the Miami Heat winning more or less the same amount of games as last season, without taking into consideration the NBA’s scheduling formula.

To summarize, each team plays 52 games against inter-conference rivals and 30 games versus the other conference. NBSstuffer breaks the process down the following way:

Getting started in February, NBA schedule has usually been released in the first weeks of August. Factors that have an impact on setting NBA schedule can be summarized as follows:

Each team has to play:

4 games against the other 4 division opponents, [4×4=16 games]

4 games against 6 (out-of-division) conference opponents, [4×6=24 games]

3 games against the remaining 4 conference teams, [3×4=12 games]

2 games against teams in the opposing conference. [2×15=30 games]

Going against the more competitive Western Conference only 30 times, should help increase wins by a few games, maybe enough to reach 45 wins.

In Miami’s division the weakened Atlanta Hawks offer chances to pick up some ground, with the Washington Wizards the clear frontrunner.

In Cleveland Cavaliers’division two teams are rebuilding, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers, while the Milwaukee Bucks are improving, to the Cavs a slight edge.

In Boston Celtics division, the 76ers are picked to get better and other teams are about the same. Their actual record may lie in how many tough opponents they face four times, instead of three.

Once the full schedule comes out later this month, the mix of inter-conference match-ups could make a difference in how many wins the Heat actually get. Facing Western Conference powerhouses only twice, for a total of 30 games, could help Miami surpass summer’s expectations.

Going against weaker Eastern Conference teams 52 times gives Miami a break in improving their record for 2017-18. Later on when the number of games against each EC team is released, that could spell the difference whether Miami reaches the playoffs or not. And then what their seedings would be.

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