Dallas Mavericks: An honest breakdown of the season schedule
By Kohl Rast
Total games: 12
Home games: 7
Away games: 5
Games against Eastern Conference opponents: 5
Games against Western Conference opponents: 7
Game to watch: The Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics will play each other on November 24th and it could turn out to be a very entertaining game. The Celtics are expected to be the top team in the East, but I think the Mavs can matchup and compete with them fairly well this year.
It is going to take a great game from everyone for Dallas to keep up, but the fact that Dallas really does seem like they could at least keep a game close against the consensus pick for the title in the East shows the disparity between the two conferences. Boston will likely win, but the game should be a good one.
Easiest game: When the Mavs take on the New York Knicks on November 2nd, they will have settled in to their play style for sure. The Knicks may have looked good in their first game, but the team is likely to struggle getting wins all year. Tim Hardaway Jr. is a great player, but he will need some extra help.
The Mavs aren’t notoriously great against the below average teams, but they should be able to handle the Knicks in this one. With the full squad back by this time, they will be a much more dangerous squad all-around than they were on opening night.
Hardest game: I know it will shock many of you, but the toughest matchup in November for the Mavs will be the Golden State Warriors on the 17th. The Warriors are still scary good and the undisputed favorite for yet another NBA championship. Adding Boogie Cousins for the back half of the season shouldn’t hurt their chances too much.
Boogie won’t be back in time for this game, but the rest of the Big Five will be ready to play. Dallas has a fun roster that will almost assuredly have a good season this year, but that doesn’t mean they can compete with Golden State. The Mavs will stay close early but the Warriors will pull away in time to pull the starters.