Devin Booker was one of the NBA's top performers on zero rest in 2021-22

NBA Back-To-Back Games: Who’s The Best On Zero Rest?

In the age of load management and increased rest, the NBA looks a lot different than it used to. Certain superstars, such as the Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, for example, might get held out of back-to-back games to avoid injury. As a result, Los Angeles might underperform.

There are trends to be found when teams play on no rest, which is why we’ve accumulated all the NBA back-to-back data we could to help you take advantage of teams/players that excel/fizzle in these niche situations. Some guys play great on tired legs. Others don’t. 

For definition’s sake, we’ve narrowed our no-rest data to the second game of a back-to-back situation. For example, if the Suns play on Wednesday and Thursday, we’re counting the data from how they perform in the Thursday game. 

If you’re thinking about making basketball bets beyond our back-to-back data, check out our odds for NBA MVP and the 2022-23 NBA championship. We also have a helpful NBA Computer Picks page that makes betting really simple for you. Our How to Bet on the NBA can also be a resource if you’re just starting. 

2022-23 NBA Back-To-Back Games: Best & Worst Teams

NBA Back-To-Back Games Report
TeamMoneyline RecordMoneyline Win %Moneyline ProfitSpread RecordSpread ProfitOVER RecordOVER Profit
Golden State5-550.0+$193.346-4+$145.465-5-$45.45
LA Lakers4-450.0+$11.94-4-$36.366-2+$345.46
New York3-442.9-$60.03-3-1-$27.274-3+$63.64
Oklahoma City2-433.3+$180.03-3-$27.273-3-$27.27
LA Clippers3-730.0-$363.684-6-$236.365-5-$45.45
New Orleans2-528.6-$315.02-5-$318.184-3+$63.64
San Antonio1-712.5-$50.03-5-$227.275-3+$154.55

Boston Celtics: Best Moneyline Team

Unsurprisingly, the C’s are the best team on no rest, rocking a 7-1 SU record. Boston’s league-best record translates into back-to-backs, where stars like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown don’t lose any steam on zero rest.

Since the Celtics are chalked in most of their games, there’s not a ton to be gained ($273.30 ML profit) from betting on them in back-to-backs. Let’s check out a more profitable option. 

Indiana Pacers: Most Profitable Moneyline Team

Go off, Pacers! Indiana has a record below .500 but has no problem rallying for back-to-back games, turning in a 6-4 SU record. That’s not eye-catching, but the squad has produced a whopping $920.29 moneyline profit from zero-rest games, easily the highest mark in the NBA.

On top of their moneyline success, the Pacers are also an impeccable OVER team on back-to-backs. Indiana’s 7-3 O/U record in back-to-back scenarios is the second-most consistent in the NBA. 

Dallas Mavericks: Least Profitable Moneyline Team

The Mavericks have had their struggles this year, and those issues have bled into zero-rest games. 

Dallas is 2-7 SU in back-to-backs, which puts them among the worst company in the league (Magic, Rockets, Spurs, etc.). Since the Mavs have high standards and an MVP candidate in Luka Doncic, they see a decent amount of chalk. As a result, these back-to-back losses have dropped them to -$516.47 in terms of profit. Yikes. 

At the very least, Dallas has managed to hit the OVER (7-2) on zero rest better than any other NBA team. 

2022-23 NBA Back-to-Back Games: Best Players

Best NBA Players On No Rest: 2022-23
PlayerPoints Per GameGames Played On Zero Rest
Jayson Tatum (BOS)33.88
Joel Embiid (PHI)32.86
Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)32.02
Steph Curry (GSW)31.45
Damian Lillard (POR)30.85

Here’s a taste of how the league’s best players perform in back-to-back games.

Jayson Tatum (BOS) - 33.8 PPG

Tatum has been fantastic this year, averaging 33.8 PPG on the second leg of back-to-back games — that’s a higher scoring output than on normal rest. Now we can see why the C’s are the NBA’s best squad on zero rest.

The scoring is impressive, but it’s been Tatum’s efficiency that has carried him this year as he’s maintained a high field-goal percentage (.468) and is super efficient at the free-throw line (.865). When the going gets tough, Tatum doesn’t wither. If you’re prop-betting the 24-year-old on zero rest, take a look at the OVERs. 

Damian Lillard (POR) - 30.8 PPG

For years now, it’s seemed like Lillard has been a one-man band in Portland. His duties seem to amplify during back-to-backs. Dame is averaging 30.8 PPG on zero rest this season, helping his Blazers to a 6-2 SU record. Portland is a good squad to back on the second leg of back-to-backs, as the team is an equally solid 6-2 ATS.