The Mavs will begin their 82-game conquest on Oct 28 against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. The game will be the first of 18 nationally televised games for the Mavs with four on TNT, seven on ESPN and seven on NBATV.
At first glance, November appears to be the easiest month of the Mavs schedule with games against Boston, Utah, Sacramento, and Philadelphia twice. November will also be the first time the Mavs visit the Houston Rockets. Surprisingly, none of the Mavs-Rockets games this season will be nationally televised even after their rivalry escalated in the offseason with the signing of Chandler Parsons in the most Mark Cuban way possible. Mavs will also see Jose Calderon and Samuel Dalembert for the first time when they play the Knicks on Nov 26.
Moving forward, January poses as most difficult stretch of the Mavs season with 12 of the 16 games being on the road. The Mavs will have road games against the new look Cavs, Clippers, Rockets, Grizzlies and Heat.
Luckily, the Mavs longest road trip is only four games, while their longest homestand will be five games. However, the final stretch of the season will be absolutely brutal. From Mar 20 to Apr 8 the Mavs play Memphis, Phoenix twice, San Antonio twice, Oklahoma City, Houston, and Golden State.
This new look Mavs team has an opportunity to stack a lot of wins early in the season while building some continuity for the last stretch of the season. It will be interesting to see how Carlisle will manage the veteran’s minutes and schedule days off.
Now that we have the schedule, Oct 28 can’t get here fast enough.