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Mavericks 2015 playoff schedule: Dallas begins Rockets series on Saturday

Time and dates for the Mavericks' first round series against Houston.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

For the second straight season, the Mavericks' first round playoff opponent came down to the season's final game. Anthony Davis led the Pelicans over the Spurs, clearing a path for Houston to take the No. 2 seed. After

As usual, the first round of the NBA playoffs stretches out longer than the following ones due to eight series going all at once. The Mavericks' opening game will come Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Dallas gets a two-day break before playing the Rockets in Houston for Game 2 on Tuesday, again at 8:30 p.m. The Mavs will also get two days off before Game 3 before going into a one game on, one game off schedule.

Here's a complete schedule. The Mavericks of course play in Dallas at the American Airline Center for Games 3, 4 and 6. All times are Central and all local games are also on TXA 21.

Game 1: April 18, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Game 2: April 21, 8:30 p.m., TNT

Game 3: April 24, 6 p.m., ESPN

Game 4: April 26, 8:30 p.m., TNT

Game 5: April 28, TBD, TBD (if necessary)

Game 6: April 30, TBD, TBD (if necessary)

Game 7: May 2, TBD, TBD (if necessary)