The Boston Celtics will have plenty of time to bond high above the Earth this season.
The NBA released its 2019-20 regular season schedule Monday, giving us the dates and times for each team's 82-game slate. The Celtics will play just as many road games (41) as the other teams this season, but no club in the Eastern Conference will travel more miles than Boston during the upcoming campaign.
Check out the chart in the tweet below for a breakdown of the teams with the most travel in 2019-20:
Why are the Celtics traveling so many miles?
One explanation is they will make three different trips to the state of Texas. Instead of playing the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks on the same road trip, the C's will play these Texas clubs on separate trips.
The Celtics play the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers on separate trips as well. Last season, the C's played the Lakers and Clippers on the same road trip with back-to-back games at the Staples Center in March. Next season, the C's play the Clippers in Los Angeles in November as part of an early-season West Coast swing that includes the Golden State Warriors. They play the Lakers on the road as part of the league's Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday schedule in January.
The Celtics were 21-20 on the road last season, so there's plenty of room there for improvement. The schedule makers didn't do the C's many favors, though. Boston has to overcome a rigorous travel schedule as it attempts to remain among the top contenders in the East.
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