Timeline for Dallas Mavericks games in NBA Orlando
The Dallas Mavericks have not played since defeating the Denver Nuggets on March 11. The novel coronavirus has halted the NBA for over three months. Fans are yearning for basketball to return.
The league has settled on its restart plan, but some of the finer details are still being worked out. 22 teams will be battling it out for a championship in Orlando. It starts with eight regular season games per organization before heading into the playoffs.
The plan is perfect for the Mavericks. Those eight games give them a chance to move up significantly in the jam-packed Western Conference. Examine how much they could vault in the standings here.
Fans got a clearer picture of the timeline over the last few days. Let us take a look.
What the Dallas Mavericks timeline looks like for NBA Orlando
Shams Charania shared the dates for the NBA’s restart on Friday. Teams will arrive in Orlando between July 7 and 9 according to ESPN. They will be holding training camp until the 29th with three allowed scrimmages during that time.
Games that count begin on July 30. The NBA has not released each team’s schedule, but reports suggest the existence slate before the suspension will be used as a guide.
The Mavericks will have officially snapped their playoff drought when the seeding games end on Aug. 14. The postseason gets underway on Aug. 17. The Mavericks’ first round series would be over by Aug. 30. The second round of the playoffs is set to last until Sept. 13.
If the Mavs play until the final day, they would still be in Orlando on Oct. 13. That is going to be a lengthy stay for the two teams that make the NBA Finals. It will certainly be a storyline during the playoffs. How will teams adapt to the “bubble” in Orlando? It could make for some surprising results.
Dallas Mavericks supporters should be excited about the restart. Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis will be ready to lead the team deep into the playoffs. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.