NBA Power Rankings: Ranking the Degree of Difficulty in December Schedules

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NBA Power Rankings:  Ranking the Degree of Difficulty in December Schedules
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This article will rank each team's degree of difficulty in schedule based on the remaining number of games they face against teams with winning records, the number of home vs road games, back to back games, and games against elite teams.

Each team is given a degree of difficulty with a score of '1' being the easiest schedule and a score of '10' being the most difficult schedule.

 

ATLANTA

Games vs .500+ = 6 of 13 games
Home:  6 games
Away: 7 games
Back to Backs:  2 times
Toughest games:   10th @ SAS / 16th @ BOS / 20th vs ORL /31st @ OKC
Degree of Difficulty:  5

BOSTON

Games vs. 500+ = 7 of 11 games
Home:  5 games
Away: 6 games
Back to Backs:  1 time
Toughest Games:  8th vs DEN / 25th vs ATL / 28th @ ORL / 31st vs NOH
Degree of Difficulty: 6.5

CHARLOTTE

Games vs .500+ = 5 of 11 games
Home:  7 games
Away: 4 games
Back to backs: 2 times
Toughest Games:  11th vs BOS / 17th @ ATL / 21st vs OKC
Degree of Difficulty:  3


CHICAGO

Games vs .500+ = 3 of 12
Home: 8 games
Away: 4 games
Back to backs: None
Toughest Games:  10th Vs LAL
Degree of Difficulty: 1


CLEVELAND

Games vs. .500+ = 8 of 12
Home: 3 games
Away: 9 games
Back to backs: 3 times
Toughest Games:  8th vs CHI / 12th @ OKC / 15th @ MIA / 2oth vs UTA / 28th vs ORL
Degree of Difficulty: 8.5


DALLAS

Games vs .500+ = 6 of 11
Home: 8 games
Away: 3 games
Back to backs: 2 times
Toughest Games:  11th vs UTA / 20th @ MIA / 21st @ ORL / 27th @ OKC / 30th @ SAS
Degree of Difficulty: 5.5

DENVER

Games vs .500+ = 6 of 12
Home: 5 games
Away: 7 games
Back to backs: 3 times
Toughest games:  8th @ BOS / 14th vs ORL / 22nd @ SAS / 25th @ OKC
Degree of Difficulty:  6


DETROIT

Games vs .500+ = 6 of 12
Home:  7 games
Away:  5 games
Back to backs: 3 times
Toughest games:  14th vs ATL / 26th vs CHI / 29th vs BOS
Degree of Difficulty:  4.5


GOLDEN STATE

Games vs .500+ =  6 of 12
Home:  5 games
Away:  7 games
Back to backs:  3 times
Toughest games:  7th @ DAL / 8th @ SAS / 10th vs MIA / 13th @ UTA / 29th @ ATL
Degree of Difficulty:  6

HOUSTON

Games vs .500+ =  2 of 13
Home:  7 games
Away:  6 games
Back to backs: 3 times
Toughest games: 15th @ OKC / 29th vs MIA
Degree of Difficulty: 1

INDIANA

Games vs .500+ =  6 of 12
Home:  7 games
Away:  5 games
Back to backs: 3 times
Toughest games:  11th @ ATL / 13th @ CHI / 15th vs LAL / 19th @ BOS / 28th vs BOS
Degree of Difficulty:  4.5

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

Games vs .500+ =  5 of 11
Home:  7 games
Away: 4 games  
Back to backs: 2 times
Toughest games: 8th vs LAL / 12th vs ORL / 18th @ CHI / 26th vs PHX / 29th vs UTA
Degree of Difficutly: 3.5

LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Games vs .500+ = 5 of 12
Home:  3 games
Away:  9 games
Back to backs: 3 times
Toughest games: 10th @ CHI ./ 25th vs MIA / 28th @ SAS
Degree of Difficulty: 6

MEMPHIS

Games vs .500+ =  2 of 10
Home:  4 games
Away:  6 games
Back to backs:  2 times
Toughest games:  8th @ PHX / 18th @ SAS
Degree of Difficulty: 1

MIAMI

Games vs .500+ = 7 of 12
Home:  4 games
Away:  8 games
Back to backs:  3 times
Toughest games:  8th @ UTA / 20th vs DAL / 23rd @ PHX / 25th @ LAL
Degree of Difficulty: 7

MILWAUKEE

Games vs .500+ =  8 of 10
Home:  4 games
Away: 6 games
Back to backs:  2 times
Toughest games:  13th @ DAL / 15th @ SAS / 18th vs UTA / 21st @ LAL / 27th vs ATL / 28th @ CHI
Degree of Difficulty:  10


MINNESOTA

Games vs .500+ =  8 of 12
Home:  5 games
Away:  7 games
Back to backs:  4 times
Toughest games:  8th vs OKC / 11th @ CHI / 15th @ PHX / 18th @ DEN / 22nd vs UTA / 29th vs DEN
Degree of Difficulty:  7.5

NEW JERSEY

Games vs .500+ =  7 of 11
Home:  5 games
Away:  6 games
Back to backs: 2 times
Toughest games:  9th @ DAL / 12th vs LAL / 19th vs ATL / 27th vs ORL / 29th @ OKC / 31st @
CHI
Degree of Difficulty:  7

NEW ORLEANS

Games vs .500+ = 7 of 13
Home: 7 games
Away:  6 games
Back to backs:  3 times
Toughest games:  10th vs OKC / 13th @ MIA / 17th vs UTA / 26th vs ATL ./ 29th vs LAL / 31st @ BOS
Degree of Difficulty:  6.5

NEW YORK

Games vs .500+ = 7 of 10
Home: 5 games
Away:  5 games
Back to backs: 1 time
Toughest games:  12th vs DEN / 15th vs BOS / 17th vs MIA / 22nd vs OKC / 25th vs CHI / 28th @ MIA / 30th @ ORL
Degree of Difficulty:  6

OKLAHOMA CITY

Games vs .500+ = 6 of 12
Home: 8 games
Away:  4 games
Back to backs: 1 time
Toughest games:  19th vs PHX / 25th vs DEN / 27th vs DAL / 31st vs ATL
Degree of Difficulty: 4


ORLANDO

Games vs .500+ = 8 of 12
Home: 5 games
Away:  7 games
Back to backs: 3 times
Toughest games:  10th @ UTA / 14th @ DEN / 20th @ ATL / 21st vs DAL / 23rd vs SAS / 25th vs BOS
Degree of Difficulty: 7.5

PHILADELPHIA

Games vs .500+ = 9 of 12
Home:  4 games
Away:  8 games
Back to backs:  4 times
Toughest games:  9th vs BOS / 17th vs LAL / 18th @ ORL / 21st @ CHI / 22nd @ BOS / 26th @ DEN / 31st @ LAL
Degree of Difficulty:  10

PHOENIX

Games vs .500+ = 5 of 10
Home: 6 games
Away: 4 games
Back to backs: 2 times
Toughest games: 17th @ DAL / 19th @ OKC / 20th @ SAS ./ 23rd vs MIA
Degree of Difficulty: 4


PORTLAND

Games vs .500+ =  7 of 12
Home:  5 games
Away:  7 games
Back to backs: 4 times
Toughest games:  9th vs ORL / 10th @ PHX / 12th @ SAS / 15th @ DAL / 27th @ UTA / 28th @ DEN / 30th @ UTA
Degree of Difficulty: 8


SACRAMENTO

Games vs .500+ = 4 of 10
Home: 7 games
Away:  3 games
Back to backs: 1 time
Toughest games:  11th vs MIA / 17th @ OKC
Degree of Difficulty:  2.5


SAN ANTONIO

Games vs .500+ = 8 of 12
Home:  9 games
Away:  3 games
Back to backs: 2 times
Toughest games: 10th vs ATL / 16th @ DEN / 20th vs PHX / 23rd @ ORL / 28th vs LAL / 30th @ DAL
Degree of Difficulty:  8.5


TORONTO

Games vs .500+ = 6 of 11
Home:  5 games
Away:  6 games
Back to backs: 3 times
Toughest games:  10th vs DEN / 15th vs CHI / 19th vs LAL
Degree of Difficulty:  5.5


UTAH

Games vs .500+ = 6 of 11
Home: 4 games
Away: 7 games
Back to backs: 3 times
Toughest games: 8th vs MIA / 10th vs ORL / 11th @ DAL
Degree of Difficulty: 6

WASHINGTON

Games vs .500+ = 7 of 11
Home: 6 times
Away:  5 times
Back to backs:  2 times
Toughest games: 14th vs LAL / 18th vs MIA / 22nd vs CHI / 26th @ SAS
Degree of Difficulty: 8

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