NBA Schedule Tool: Which NBA Teams Have Big Rest Advantages This Week?

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on October 24, 2021

Betting the NBA 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.

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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 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. Just make sure the line reflects the rested team’s advantage. Always keep in mind all of the factors at play when betting the NBA.

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. Additional injury and overtime notes may be added on game days as well.

NBA Schedule Hot Spots

DateTime (ET)Disadvantage TeamAdvantage TeamCurrent Advantage Team Line
Mon Oct. 257:30 p.m.@BrooklynWashington
Tue Oct. 2610 p.m.Denver@Utah
Fri Oct. 2910 p.m.Dallas@Denver
Sat Oct. 3010 p.m.Cleveland@Phoenix

Monday

Wizards at Nets: Nets will be playing second game of a back-to-back and third-in-four when they host Washington, which comes in off two days rest. At least the Nets won’t be traveling, as both of the games on the back-to-back are at home.

Tuesday

Nuggets at Jazz: Close to max pain for Denver; back-to-back with travel against a Jazz team with three days rest.

Friday

Mavericks at Nuggets: The Mavs travel for a back-to-back and third-in-four to play Denver at altitude with the Nuggets on two days rest.

Saturday

Cavaliers at Suns: A prime spot for Phoenix. The Cavs are at the tail end of a long West Coast road trip and playing a back-to-back and third-in-four; Suns get two days of rest.

Medium Rest Advantages

DateTime (ET)Disadvantage TeamAdvantage TeamCurrent Advantage Team Line
Mon Oct. 257:30 p.m.Orlando@Miami
Mon Oct. 259 p.m.Cleveland@Denver
Sat Oct. 305 p.m.@WashingtonBoston
Sat Oct. 307 p.m.Orlando@Detroit
Sat Oct. 307 p.m.@New OrleansNew York
Sat Oct. 309 p.m.Denver@Minnesota

Monday

Magic at Heat: Orlando travels for all the games in a three-in-four and finishes a back-to-back in Miami. Miami will only have one day of rest.

Cavaliers at Nuggets: The Cavs back-to-back at home before a day off. Then they travel to play at altitude for the third-in-four. Denver has two days’ rest.

Saturday

Celtics at Wizards: Boston gets two days’ rest and has a short road trip to D.C. Washington will play their third-in-four but have a day off between two home games.

Magic at Pistons: The Magic travel for every game of this third-in-four and end up in Detroit to end the back-to-back. At least the Pistons only get one day of rest themselves.

Knicks at Pelicans: The Pelicans are at home for all the games of this third-in-four but still should be tired by the time the Knicks come to town on one day’s rest.

Nuggets at Timberwolves: The Timberwolves get two days off before hosting a Denver team traveling on a home-to-road back-to-back.

Mild Rest Advantages

DateTime (ET)Disadvantage TeamAdvantage TeamCurrent Advantage Team Line
Sun Oct. 249:30 p.m.Memphis@LA Lakers
Mon Oct. 257 p.m.@IndianaMilwaukee
Mon Oct. 258 p.m.New OrleansMinnesota
Wed Oct. 277:30 p.m.@BostonWashington
Wed Oct. 277:30 p.m.@BrooklynMiami
Thurs Oct. 2810 p.m.Memphis@Golden State
Fri Oct. 2910:30 p.m.@LA LakersCleveland
Sat Oct. 307:30 p.m.Atlanta@Philadelphia
Sat Oct. 308 p.m.Miami@Memphis

Sunday

Grizzlies at Lakers: The Grizzlies back-to-back in LA without travel, playing the Lakers after the Clippers.

Monday

Bucks at Pacers: On one day’s rest, the Bucks play on the road against the Pacers. Indiana also has a day’s rest but will be on their third-in-four.

Pelicans at Timberwolves: Both teams play after a day off, but New Orleans finishes a third-in-four.

Wednesday

Wizards at Celtics: Same as above, Celtics finishing third-in-four.

Heat at Nets: Same as above, Nets finishing third-in-four.

Thursday

Grizzlies at Warriors: The Grizzlies finish a Portland-to-Golden State back-to-back.

Friday

Cavaliers at Lakers: Both teams play after a day off, but the Lakers finish a third-in-foour.

Saturday

Hawks at 76ers: Same as above, Hawks finishing third-in-four.

Heat at Grizzlies: Both teams finish a third-in-four but Miami travels from home to Memphis on a back-to-back.

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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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