Traveling west is NOT more difficult for the NBA teams. You gain hours traveling west, which means more hours to sleep before shootaround or the game (early Sunday games). A team traveling west might arrive late at night and then have to play the 12:30PT/3:30ET game. Their bodies feel like itâ€™s 3:30pm. There is plenty of time for them to rest after flying in. Conversely, if the Lakers travel to the Eastern time zone and play the 12:30ET game, they are playing at 9:30 am according to their bodies. Have you ever tried to play at 9:30 in the morning? Not an easy task, especially after traveling and sleeping in a hotel.
via Forum Blue And Gold.
I guess I came to that conclusion because I HATE going West with a violent passion. Finding out it’s actually 8AM when it feels like ten is weird, and it being 9PM when it feels like 11 is hell. But many people have argued this point, so I’ll concede. They also point out the Clipper element in this scenario, which doesn’t make much sense to me, because shouldn’t both teams get a fair distribution of days? I’d love to see numbers for other teams besides the obvious Utah Mormon-Sundays thing to see if there are any other distinct patterns.