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GameThread: Dallas Mavericks vs. Atlanta Hawks

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Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Atlanta Hawks

WHAT: The NBA season begins.

WHERE: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. CST

HOW: Fox Sports Southwest

THE STORY: Like the Mavericks, the Atlanta Hawks have made massive overhauls to their roster in the past few years. Gone is Josh Smith, Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford -- in fact, the only two players still on the team is Jeff Teague and Al Horford. But despite their efforts, Atlanta is going to have to battle for a final playoff spot this year -- again, just like the Mavericks. The similarities will be put to the test tonight as each team tries to stay undefeated (technically true) and start the season off right.

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