NBA Schedule Tool: Teams With Biggest Rest Advantages This Week

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on November 7, 2021 - Last Updated on April 28, 2022
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One method to help identify NBA best bets requires diligently tracking each team’s travel schedule to monitor fatigue levels. As the season wears on, some teams will find themselves enjoying significant rest advantages over their opponents. The betting market has not always properly valued these spots on the NBA schedule, as a study by ESPN showed.

Here at TheLines, we have put together a weekly NBA handicapping tool to help make sure you are factoring rest advantages into your bets.

Bookmark TheLines.com, and navigate under the Odds tab then NBA to find this Rest Advantages column every day to make sure the teams you’re betting don’t have tired legs. 

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We’ve split the advantage spots into three categories:

  • mild (still meaningful)
  • medium
  • hot spots (biggest edges of the week)

For the latter category, we’re looking primarily for NBA teams with multiple days off against those playing the second half of back-to-backs, especially as part of three games in four nights. Even better if the rested team plays at home.

None of this is to say you should necessarily blindly bet these games. Always keep in mind the best practices of betting the NBA.

Just make sure the line reflects the rested team’s advantage. We’ll keep track of the results of these games in this weekly article to see how the rest advantage teams fare.

Note: Game lines will be added to this sheet as they become available. So, make sure to check in on game day each time you are thinking of making bets.

Hot Spots

No hot spots on this week’s schedule. Just part of the ebbs and flows of the NBA season. Check back next week.

ATS Record through three weeks: 2-2, -0.2u

Medium Rest Advantages

ATS Record through three weeks: 14-11-1, +1.7u

DateTime (ET)Disadvantage TeamAdvantage TeamCurrent Advantage Team Line
Sun Nov. 76 p.m.Utah@Orlando
Sun Nov. 78:30 p.m.Houston@Golden State
Mon Nov. 87 p.m.New York@Philadelphia
Mon Nov. 88 p.m.Brooklyn@Chicago
Mon Nov. 810 p.m.@Golden StateAtlanta
Mon Nov. 810 p.m.@SacramentoPhoenix
Mon Nov. 810:30 p.m.Charlotte@LA Lakers
Tue Nov. 97:30 p.m.@PhiladelphiaMilwaukee
Wed Nov. 107 p.m.Brooklyn@Orlando
Wed Nov. 108:30 p.m.Sacramento@San Antonio
Thu Nov. 1110:30 p.m.Miami@LA Clippers
Sat Nov. 1310:30 p.m.Minnesota@LA Clippers

Sunday

Jazz at Magic: The Jazz will be road-weary finishing an East Coast trip here with the second half of a back-to-back and a third-in-four at Orlando. The Magic have one day of rest.

Rockets at Warriors: The Rockets finish up their third-in-four with a back-to-back that ends in Golden State. The Warriors have one day of rest.

Monday

Knicks at 76ers: The Knicks travel between all three games of this three-in-four, finishing a back-to-back at Philly. The Sixers have one day of rest.

Nets at Bulls: In the middle of a long road trip, the Nets finish a three-in-four with a back-to-back, traveling from Toronto to Chicago.

Hawks at Warriors: On a West Coast trip, Atlanta gets a day off before playing in Golden State, finishing an all-home three-in-four with a back-to-back.

Suns at Kings: Same as above, Kings hosting a rested Suns on a home stand.

Hornets at Lakers: Lakers get one day of rest before playing the Hornets, on the no-travel back-to-back in LA finishing their third-in-four.

Tuesday

Bucks at 76ers: The Sixers finish a road-home-home three-in-four hosting the Bucks, which get a day off beforehand as they get rolling on an East Coast trip.

Wednesday

Nets at Magic: The Nets continue their long road trip with a third-in-four at Orlando. They get a day off beforehand but the Magic will be on two days’ rest.

Kings at Spurs: Same as above but Spurs are on two days’ rest hosting Kings, who are just kicking off a road trip after a day off.

Thursday

Heat at Clippers: In the middle of a long home stand, the Clippers get a day off before hosting the Heat, in the midst of their own long road trip. They finish the no-travel LA back-to-back which is also their third-in-four.

Saturday

Timberwolves at Clippers: Same as above with Wolves finishing no-travel back-to-back against the Clippers.

Mild Rest Advantages

ATS Record through three weeks: 11-19, -9.5u

DateTime (ET)Disadvantage TeamAdvantage TeamCurrent Advantage Team Line
Tue Nov. 99 p.m.Atlanta@Utah
Wed Nov. 107:30 p.m.Milwaukee@New York
Wed Nov. 108 p.m.Charlotte@Memphis
Wed Nov. 109 p.m.Portland@Phoenix
Wed Nov. 1010 p.m.@Golden StateMinnesota
Thu Nov. 119 p.m.Indiana@Utah
Fri Nov. 127:30 p.m.Milwaukee@Boston
Fri Nov. 128 p.m.Portland@Houston
Sat Nov. 137 p.m.@IndianaPhiladelphia
Sat Nov. 137:30 p.m.Detroit@TorontoTBD

Tuesday

Hawks at Jazz: Both teams finish a third-in-four with travel, but the Hawks play back-to-back while the Jazz get to rest for a day in prep.

Wednesday

Bucks at Knicks: Both teams wrap a third-in-four with travel, but the Bucks back-to-back in New York as part of their East Coast trip.

Hornets at Grizzlies: After a West Coast trip, the Hornets get one day of rest before wrapping their third-in-four in Memphis, which is off one day of rest at home.

Trail Blazers at Suns: The Blazers travel from LA to Phoenix for a back-to-back with the Suns getting one day of rest prior.

Timberwolves at Warriors: In the middle of a long home stand, the Warriors wrap up their third-in-four by hosting Minnesota with both teams on one day’s rest.

Thursday

Pacers at Jazz: The Pacers finish a long West Coast trip with the Denver-to-Utah back-to-back. The Jazz will have one day of rest.

Friday

Bucks at Celtics: The Bucks continue a long East Coast trip in Boston to wrap their third-in-four after a day’s rest. Boston will also be on a day’s rest but will have played just once in the previous five days.

Trail Blazers at Rockets: On a road trip, the Blazers will get a day off before traveling to Houston to wrap their third-in-four. The Rockets will have played just once in the previous four days.

Saturday

Heat at Jazz: Both teams have one day of rest, but the Heat are finishing their third-in-four as part of a long road trip.

76ers at Pacers: After a West Coast trip, the Pacers finish up a third-in-four by traveling home to face Philly. Both teams are on one day’s rest.

Pistons at Raptors: Both teams travel between all games of these three-in-fours but the Pistons are back-to-backing in Toronto while the Raptors get a day of rest.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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