Dallas Mavericks: How to watch the season opener at the Phoenix Suns

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks travel to Phoenix to face the Suns in their regular season opener on Oct. 17, and here is how to watch that contest.

The Dallas Mavericks kick off their regular season on Wednesday evening in Phoenix against the Suns.  Mavs fans are brimming with excitement about the year.  It is their first with rookie Luka Doncic and perhaps the last with the legend Dirk Nowitzki.  Add in the addition of DeAndre Jordan, and the growth of Dennis Smith Jr. and Mavericks fans cannot wait for tonight’s game.

Dallas will be without Harrison Barnes and Dirk on Wednesday evening.  Barnes is close to returning from a hamstring injury that forced him out all preseason.  Nowitzki appears weeks away as he recovers from a setback with his ankle.

The Suns got positive injury news as their star man Devin Booker will play tonight.  He had hand surgery this offseason and missed the entire preseason.

Here is how fans can watch the 2018-2019 season opener between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 17.

Start Time

The matchup begins at 10:30 p.m. ET or 9:30 p.m. in Dallas.

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How to watch

The opener is on national television on ESPN.  Local TV coverage for the Mavericks is on Fox Sports Southwest-Dallas.  The Suns have their local viewing on Fox Sports Arizona.

Watch online

Fans have a plethora of ways of watching online this evening.  fuboTV is providing streaming of League Pass this season and is a fantastic option to watch any NBA game this season.

Watch ESPN will be streaming the game to the national audience, and Fox Sports Go should have fans in both markets covered.

Storyline to follow- Doncic vs. Ayton

Luka Doncic and Deandre Ayton will not be guarding each other on the court this evening, but they are the two favorites to win Rookie of the Year.  Ayton was the number one overall pick, and the big man faces off against DeAndre Jordan tonight.  Jordan will be looking to dominate the paint and shut down Ayton.

Doncic figures to wreak havoc on a below average Suns defense.  The rookie may have some nerves in his first regular season game, but it is a matchup to exploit.  The Suns likely use Trevor Ariza to guard Doncic, but their team defense is not strong.  That means holes for Luka to exploit.

Final thoughts

The Dallas Mavericks head to Phoenix to face the Suns in the regular season opener.  ESPN is televising this game because fans want to see Doncic and Ayton.

The Mavs injuries could play a part in the result, but not if players like Dorian Finney-Smith step up this evening.  The team needs DFS to play solid defense and make his wide-open jumpers.  A role he should excel in moving forward.

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Dallas Mavericks fans cannot wait for the game.  The Smoking Cuban will provide you with plenty of postgame content, and get fans ready for the home opener on Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.