DOES FATIGUE MAKE COWARDS OF US ALL?
and NFL Bye Weeks
|•||NBA teams that play back- to- back games perform significantly worse than expected during the second game of the back- to- back and perform even worse when they play a fourth game in five nights.|
|•||The week after an NFL team has a bye or an open date they perform significantly better than expected.|
Typically an NBA team will play 10–20 games for which they also have played the night before. These games are called “back- to- backs.” Back- toback games are usually played in different cities. For example, the Dallas Mavericks might play Friday in Minnesota and Saturday have a home game. The NBA never schedules a team to play three consecutive nights.
One would think the combination of travel and having played a game the night before would lead to fatigue, which would cause inferior per for mance. Several times a year teams also play four games in five nights. Of course, the fourth game is a back- to- back game, but we would conjecture that the occurrence of two sets of back- to- back games in five nights would