Dallas Mavericks release preseason schedule for upcoming season

Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks released their full preseason schedule for the year which includes two home games and a trip to China.

The Dallas Mavericks are about to begin a new season.  Training camp starts on Sept. 21 and fans are excited about the team.  The Mavs have two young starters in the backcourt, and the addition of monster rebounding center DeAndre Jordan figures to help with one of their most significant deficiencies from last season.

It was no secret that the team was heading to China this preseason for two games, but the rest of the schedule was a bit of a mystery.  They finalized it on Aug. 23, so let us go over the itinerary.

Home opener against who?

The Mavericks first preseason game is on Sept. 29 at home against the Beijing Ducks.  You did not miss a new NBA expansion team.  They are coming over from China to play a preseason exhibition game.

Teams from other leagues coming over during the preseason are not uncommon.  Luka Doncic played two preseason games with Real Madrid against NBA competition.  They played one each in 2015 and 2016.

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China trip

The Dallas Mavericks take on the Philadelphia 76ers for two games in China.  Dallas arrives on Oct. 2 and has a few days of practice before the first game on Oct. 5 in Shanghai.  They travel over to Shenzhen to play again on Oct. 8 before returning home.

Last preseason tilt

The Mavericks have their fourth and final preseason game at home on Oct. 12 against the Charlotte Hornets.  The Hornets added longtime Spur Tony Parker this offseason, and this matchup should be a fantastic way to wrap up the preseason.

A few days rest

The Mavs have a few days to rest before the regular season kicks off in Phoenix against the Suns on Oct. 17.  Then, the games start counting as Dallas pushes to make the playoffs in a loaded Western Conference.

Final thoughts

The Dallas Mavericks released their full four-game preseason schedule on Thursday.  A storyline to watch this preseason is the health of legend Dirk Nowitzki.  He is still recovering from the ankle surgery that prematurely ended his last season.  Hopefully, we see the Mavs icon suit up and look healthy during the preseason.

Stay tuned all season for everything you need to know about the Mavs.

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