Number of Games Played in the NBA
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the premier professional basketball league in the world. The NBA was founded in 1946 and currently consist of 30 teams from the United States and Canada. Each team plays an 81-game regular-season schedule running from October to April for a total of 2430 games.
Additional Regular Season Games
In addition to the 81 regular-season games, each team is typically scheduled to play four international exhibitions against other NBA teams. In recent years, some teams have elected to play fewer exhibition games due to the travel associated with the games.
Playoffs and Finals
At the end of the regular season, the top teams in each conference advance to the playoffs. The playoffs consist of four rounds of best-of-seven series. The total number of games played in the playoffs varies depending on the teams and the number of series, but it typically ranges from 12 to 28 games.
The two teams that make it through the playoffs to the finals face off in a best-of-seven series for the NBA Championship. This adds another 7 games to the total number of games played in the NBA in a season.
Total Games Played in the NBA
When you combine the regular season, exhibition games, playoffs, and finals games, the total number of games played by an NBA team in a season can range from 90 to 112 games. This does not include preseason or summer league games or participation in international competitions.
- Regular Season Games: 81 games
- Exhibition Games: 4 games (varies)
- Playoff Games: 12-28 games
- Finals Games: 7 games
- Total Games Played: 90-112 games
Overall, the total number of games played by an NBA team in a season can range from 90 to 112 games depending on how many exhibition and playoff games they are scheduled to participate in. This does not include preseason or summer league games or participation in international competitions.