NBA Top 3: Teams with the toughest remaing schedules

Mar 26, 2012 |
Pierce and the Celtics still have three games left against the Heat.
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Pierce and the Celtics still have three games left against the Heat.
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There are a number of NBA players on the wrong side of 30, with knees as swollen as Ashley Judd’s face, thinking about the 66-game regular season. The super-condensed sked filled their wallets, but there’s got to be a few banged-up ballers who’d give back some bucks for a couple days of rest.

There’s only a month to go until the regular season is over but some teams are still staring down the most grueling part of their journey.

Here’s a look at three NBA teams with the worst remaining schedules:

Boston Celtics

The league didn’t do any favors for the old fellas in Boston. The Celtics play 10 of their final 18 games on the road and only one of those eight home games is against a team with a losing record (Milwaukee on the last game of the season).

The C’s play five more sets of back to backs with a back to back to back sandwiched in there, too. Boston, by the way, is 4-10 this season against the spread playing on zero days’ rest and went 5-13 ATS in the same scenario last season.

Oh, one more thing. The Green Guys still have to play the Heat three times.

Memphis Grizzlies

Beginning on Friday, the Griz play seven games in nine nights – and five of those are on the highway. Ouch. And they still have two more sets of four games in five nights following that nasty stretch.

Thirteen of the club’s 19 remaining matchups are against teams with winning records, including the Heat, Spurs, Magic and Mavericks.

Cleveland Cavaliers

There are 31 days left in the regular season and the Cavs have 20 games left. That’s three or four more games over the next month than just about every team in the league.

Cleveland starts a four in five set on Tuesday, plays five games in six nights the second week of April and caps off the campaign with one more four in five pack. Isn’t this material enough for another strongly-worded letter from Cavs owner Dan Gilbert? Oh, that’s right. Cleveland is tanking this season. How convenient. 
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