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When the NBA first began, each club only played about 60 games per season, but that number quickly increased as other teams joined the league and the league began to make more money. The 1967-1968 NBA season was the first time clubs had to play 82 games in a single season. The San Diego Rockets and the Seattle SuperSonics joined the league as expansion clubs that season. 

As a result, the overall number of games each season increased from 81 to 82. The NBA featured 12 active clubs at the time, which meant that each team had to play each other eight times in their conference and seven times against teams from other leagues. 18 additional NBA teams have entered the league since then, but the number of games per club has remained constant. Each club now plays 3.5 games every week over the course of 165 days. 

The NBA utilizes an algorithm to determine game scheduling. That formula is made up of five separate components that can be classified into different groups. The scheduling algorithm, court availability, official breaks, conflicts, and broadcasters are the five elements. 

What does the Win-Loss Mean for NBA Teams? 

A team’s win-loss record is a gauge of its success throughout the regular season. 

It is made up of a team’s total number of wins, losses, and ties over the course of a season and decides whether or not they will compete in the playoffs. The NBA’s win-loss record will always be 82 since there are 82 regular-season games played each year.

What are Basketball Point Spreads?

When it comes to wagering basketball chances, the point spread is the most popular option. The point spread, in its most basic form, evens out the playing field in each game, regardless of mismatch. 

When determining how many points separate the two teams, oddsmakers look at both teams’ current play, the venue, and key injuries. 

How to Read Point Spreads

The negative value (-) denotes the point spread favorite before the point spread, and bettors must win by a margin greater than that amount to win their wager. The New York Knicks, for example, are a -2.5 against the spread (ATS) favorite, which means they must win by at least three points to cover the spread. 

New York Knicks -2.5 (-110) 

Boston Celtics +2.5 (-110)

The underdog has a positive value (+) in front of its point spread, and to win the bet, the club must either win outright or lose by less than the spread. The Boston Celtics are a +2.5 point underdog in this scenario, which means they may lose by two points or win the game to pay the bet.

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