San Antonio Spurs: Predicting easiest, hardest months of 2019-20 season

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The San Antonio Spurs will enter the season with the 10th most difficult schedule in the league. Here, we’ll look at which months will be the easiest, as well as the toughest.

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Within the 82-game schedule, there’s plenty to take away for the Spurs; the biggest of all being their eight-game Rodeo Road Trip, spanning through the All-Star break. They’ll also have a hefty challenge — a potentially critical five-game road trip at the tail end of March.

But, there’s also plenty of good: there are numerous stretches where they should expect wins, assuming they don’t play down to the competition.

The schedule gods also granted them a three-game homestand to kick off the 2019-20 season, a golden opportunity to get the year off on a good note.

A hot start to the season will be of extra importance; the Spurs don’t want to have too much suspense deep into a year in which they have the 10th strongest schedule among teams.

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Strength of Schedule for all 30 teams based on Vegas O/U lines, broken down by month and pre/post-ASG.

Pistons have the league’s easiest pre-ASG schedule and hardest post-ASG schedule. Pelicans hardest pre-ASG, Heat easiest post-ASG.

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As a whole, here’s how the numbers play out for the Spurs:

Road games by month:

  • October – 1
  • November – 8
  • December – 5
  • January – 8
  • February – 8
  • March – 9
  • April – 2

Home games by month:

  • October – 3
  • November – 8
  • December – 7
  • January – 7
  • February – 3
  • March – 7
  • April – 6

Back-to-back sets:

  • October – 0
  • November – 2
  • January – 1
  • February – 2
  • March – 3
  • April – 2

With that in mind, here are the months the San Antonio Spurs should anticipate their toughest challenges, as well as where they should excel at the most.