More news on the Dallas Mavericks preseason came out today as the schedule for all preseason games was released. The schedule is a little interesting, but it will be fun to see how we match up against some of the Eastern Conference teams.
The Dallas Mavericks will have six preseason games this year, starting on October 2nd. There will be three home and three away games during the first two weeks of October. Traditionally, the Mavericks big name players like Harrison Barnes, Wesley Matthews, and Dirk Nowitzki play in only a couple of the games, so the important part here is to get a look at some other players.
The schedule was announced earlier this morning once again by Mavs.com’s Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed). The schedule shows that the Mavs lead off the preseason against the Milwaukee Bucks. After that, the Mavs face Chicago, Orlando twice, Atlanta, and Charlotte. The Bucks, Bulls, and one of the Magic games will all be at home and will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.
These games should be full of entertainment, but three games stick out to me as ones that will really be worth watching, even in the preseason. Although they revolve mostly around the rookie matchups we will see, that does not change the fact that the games will be entertaining and DSJ will see some real NBA competition.
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The first game is the Chicago game where, although they play different positions, Dennis Smith Jr. and Lauri Markkanen will get a shot at each other again. When they played each other in Summer League ball, these two looked like the best players on the court and battled hard. This time, it will be a little different.
The second game that will be a good matchup I believe is one or both of the Orlando games. In this one, we will get a chance to see what Jonathan Isaac is made of, someone who I was pretty low on before the draft. Again these are different positions, but it should be fairly obvious which player impacts the game better.
The last game is the Charlotte game, and this one will be the most exciting one in my opinion. The matchup between DSJ and Malik Monk will be exciting because they are highly considered the two most athletic players from the draft, they were the top two selections that the Mavericks could have taken at pick 9, and they will both have great rookie seasons. I expect this one to be fun to watch and see if the Mavs made the right decision on draft night. (SPOILER ALERT: They did).
The preseason will be short and not a particularly good look at how things will be for Dallas, but it should be plenty entertaining though. Tune in for the first game on Monday, October 2nd at 7:30pm.