But maybe there is something you missed while checking it out. Every year, because of the number of teams there is a structure that is followed. Every team will play each opponent from the other conference twice, one home and one away. Additionally, they will play every conference opponent 4 times with the exception of four teams that they will only play three times.
This became a big deal last year as the Heat only played the Bulls three times. That hurt them because in the long run they didn’t make the playoffs because of a head to head tie breaker with the Bulls, even though they only visited Miami once.
This year the four opponents the Heat will only play three times are: Cleveland, Boston, Toronto and Milwaukee.
Notice anything there? Arguably the top 3 teams in the East will only have to be played 3 times. That’s three extra games that other opponents, mostly, in the East will have to play against the tougher competition that Miami will not.
This isn’t a clear advantage, the Heat still have to go out and win games, but it is a scheduling quirk that gives Miami a slight edge against the other opponents.
If there is a downside is that we do not get to see those good matchups as often.