NBA Schedule Rest Edge Bets: Wizards, Jazz, Nuggets, Suns In Hot Spots

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

Date Time (ET) Disadvantage Team Advantage Team Opening Line
Mon Oct. 25 7:30 p.m. @Brooklyn Washington TBD
Tue Oct. 26 10 p.m. Denver @Utah TBD
Fri Oct. 29 10 p.m. Dallas @Denver TBD
Sat Oct. 30 10 p.m. Cleveland @Phoenix TBD


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.


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


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.


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

Date Time (ET) Disadvantage Team Advantage Team Opening Line
Mon Oct. 25 7:30 p.m. Orlando @Miami TBD
Mon Oct. 25 9 p.m. Cleveland @Denver TBD
Sat Oct. 30 5 p.m. @Washington Boston TBD
Sat Oct. 30 7 p.m. Orlando @Detroit TBD
Sat Oct. 30 7 p.m. @New Orleans New York TBD
Sat Oct. 30 9 p.m. Denver @Minnesota TBD


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.


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

Date Time (ET) Disadvantage Team Advantage Team Opening Line
Sun Oct. 24 9:30 p.m. Memphis @LA Lakers TBD
Mon Oct. 25 7 p.m. @Indiana Milwaukee TBD
Mon Oct. 25 8 p.m. New Orleans Minnesota TBD
Wed Oct. 27 7:30 p.m. @Boston Washington TBD
Wed Oct. 27 7:30 p.m. @New Orleans New York TBD
Thurs Oct. 28 10 p.m. Memphis @Golden State TBD
Fri Oct. 29 10:30 p.m. @LA Lakers Cleveland TBD
Sat Oct. 30 7:30 p.m. Atlanta @Philadelphia TBD
Sat Oct. 30 8 p.m. Miami @Memphis TBD


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


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.


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

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


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


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


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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