Taking a look at the schedule

The one interesting thing in August has happened: the NBA schedule was released last week. Now that we all have the full schedule at our fingertips, it’s time to take a look at Houston’s slate of games and check for items of note. There are always peculiarities to the schedule each year, and this one is no different. Back to backs are back, the Mavs are in for a nasty surprise, and there’s a surprise that’s not so surprising.

How many back to backs are there in this schedule? That’s a good question and it’s one of the first ones people ask. This year there are twenty sets of them for Houston, a fairly unremarkable number. They have nineteen games against teams on the second night of a back to back, so it’s not a huge factor. There are two instances of four games in five nights, one right before the All-Star Break (with another back to back immediately after the break) with another four in five spanning the end of March and the beginning of April.

What this means for Houston is that they won’t be particularly fatigued. The first year of Harden, the 2012-2013 season, contained a horrifying gauntlet of back to back and four in fives, something that really put a damper on the team at the end of the calendar year. This year, like the 2013-2014 season, is lighter on the endurance trials, something the Rockets should be relatively thankful for.

The Dallas Mavericks, however, are getting the opposite of a Christmas present from Houston. As division rivals, the two teams square off four times. The new and improved Mavs get four shots to exact revenge for Chandler Parsons against his old team… except that they’re on the tail end of a back to back every time. The Rockets are also on the second night of a back to back… the last time. The previous three, Houston will have the endurance advantage every time. That’s good news for a team that needs every advantage they can get in a brutal division. On a related note, two of Houston’s meetings with San Antonio come on the second day of a back to back for the Spurs.

The biggest non surprise is that the Rockets’ schedule starts out nasty, as always. The period before the All-Star Break is noticeably tougher than the period after, which features a lot fewer second-round teams. November may be a smooth start, but December and February in particular look to be unpleasant stretches of road for a Rockets team hoping to prove the world wrong.

Next time we’ll look at what the schedule means for Houston’s win-loss record, and I’ll give the best predictions I can. The numbers might surprise you, just like whatever insane trade Daryl Morey’s lining up will.

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Total comments: 6
  • Dayak says 1 month ago I know, it's almost impossible for Dragic to accept a role as the sixth man and play off the bench behind Pbev, but who knows? Lol.
  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 month ago Dragic as a rental? Doesn't make much sense for how much we'd have to give up. There is ZERO chance he re-signs with us if we bench him and make him a reserve. He would view that as us trying to screw him over for free agency. If we start him, I don't know how he'd work defensively with harden as is. If harden takes a step forward on defense it would work.
  • rockets best fan says 1 month ago

    @Dayak

    I with you in that line of thought. Dragic would be an amazing acquisition.

  • Dayak says 1 month ago If we get Dragic then i agree Steven. Dragic as our Ginobili will be amazing.
  • rockets best fan says 1 month ago

    @Steven

    I second that. I think a trade is coming and so is 60 wins

  • Steven says 1 month ago 60 wins