The NBA regular season is a marathon, not a sprint. Each team plays a total of 82 games, split evenly between home and away matches. This means that every team plays 41 games at their home court and 41 games on the road. The regular season usually kicks off in the last week of October and runs until mid-April, giving teams almost six months to complete their games.
This 82-game format has been in place since the 1967-68 season and is designed to ensure a balanced competition. Each team plays four games against its four in-division opponents, four games against six out-of-division opponents, and three games against the remaining four out-of-division opponents. Additionally, they play two games against teams from the opposing conference.
The Playoff Tournament: Extending into June
Following the regular season, the NBA's playoff tournament begins, extending the basketball season into June. The playoffs are a separate entity from the regular season, with the top eight teams from each conference battling it out for the coveted NBA Championship.
The Rigors of the NBA Season
The 82-game regular season is a testament to the physical and mental endurance required of NBA players. With games often scheduled back-to-back and extensive travel involved, the season can be grueling. Despite these challenges, NBA players have proven themselves to be among the world's best-paid athletes, reflecting the high level of skill and dedication required to compete at this elite level.