NBA schedules are simultaneously homogenous and wildly random. Over the course of an 82-game sample, the schedule normalizes for the most part. But within those slates are individual nooks and crannies that either favor or hurt teams in ways unique to them. Some teams have to go on long road trips because of arena commitments. Others are hurt by geographic isolation. And sometimes, the schedule-makers just put teams in accidentally disadvantageous positions.
Below is the most important takeaway from every team’s schedule. For some, these points are minor. For others, it will change the entire course of their seasons.