Well lets look at the problem areas…
17 games per team
1) First every team has to play their division rivals twice once at home and once away. (6 games)
2) Each division has to play the same teams from another division within its conference (4 games)
3) Each division team plays four games against a division in the other conference (4 games)
So each team in the division has basically played the same 10 games minus playing itself.
4) Finally each division team will play an intraconference (i.e a team in the same conference) team that finished in the same place within their division. So a team that finished in first in their division will play 2 of the 3 other first place division finishers in their conference. It is these two games which are designed to bring some parity into the division.
Now you know...
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