The schedule gurus at HoopsWorld look at the remaining games to be played after the All-Star break, and there’s good news for the Nets, who have 25 games remaining on their schedule:
Through 53 games the Nets have only won 16, but things could get a lot better after the break. Of the Nets 25 post-break games only nine of them are against teams with a record above .500, tied for least in the league. They are also facing only 12 playoff teams and three of those teams – the 76ers, Pacers and Bobcats – have records under .500. Throw in the fact their longest road trip is only three games and it’s possible the Nets could win almost as many games after the break as they did before it.
For two years now, the Nets have had a very difficult early schedule. What I’ve found interesting has been the sheer volume of games the Nets have played so far this season. While it’s not extreme, the league average of games left after the break is 26.3, 1.3 games more than what the Nets have. I think everyone stands to benefit if the Nets don’t have too many Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday weeks ahead of them. It’s just too much basketball.