The Dallas Mavericks won 11 of their final 16 regular-season games to climb to fifth in the Western Conference. Luka Doncic helped them avoid the play-in tournament, but the Mavs get a rematch against the LA Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. Kawhi Leonard led the way for LA as they topped Dallas in six games inside the bubble. The Mavericks are hungry for revenge this year.
Both teams have made key changes to their rosters. Rajon Rondo and Serge Ibaka will be looking to fill the roles of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell for the Clippers. The Mavs swapped Seth Curry for Josh Richardson. The four stars will all be looking to leave their marks on the series, though.
Dallas knew the matchup, but they did not know when they played until after the Los Angeles Lakers topped the Golden State Warriors in the second of three play-in games in the Western Conference on May 19. Here is a look at the Mavericks’ full first-round schedule.
Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers full first-round series schedule
Here is a breakdown of the schedule.
Game 1- Saturday, May 22 at LA Clippers- 3:30 p.m. CT- ESPN
Game 2- Tuesday, May 25 at LA Clippers- 9:30 p.m. CT- NBA TV
Game 3- Friday, May 28 at Dallas- 8:30 p.m. CT- ESPN
Game 4- Sunday, May 30 at Dallas- 8:30 p.m. CT- TNT
Game 5- Wednesday, June 2 at LA Clippers- if necessary
Game 6- Friday, June 4 at Dallas- if necessary
Game 7- Sunday, June 6 at LA Clippers- if necessary
The Mavericks get two full days of rest between the first two games. That could be massive as they attempt to get Maxi Kleber healthy. They also have multiple days off between Games 2 and 3 and Games 4 and 5.
Fans can see the entire schedule for the opening round of the NBA Playoffs here.
Fans should mark their calendars for what should be one of the best series of the first round. The Dallas Mavericks are focused on winning their first playoff series since taking home the title in 2011. Do not miss it.