The NBA season doesn’t tip off until October 19th, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about the Dallas Mavericks’ schedule. The NBA is back to 82 games this season. That’s a long, grinding marathon of a schedule, so instead of breaking down the whole thing, let’s take a look at the first two months of games.
Unlike last year, we’ll actually have time to process these games. With the return to the regular schedule, there’ll be two or three days between matchups, giving us more time to analyze what’s working and what’s not. We’ll be able to savor the basketball, if you will.
And since we’re going to savor it, let’s break this basketball feast down menu style:
October 21st—Mavericks at Hawks. Dallas opens up the season with a national TV game against Atlanta on TNT. It’s a nice opening matchup, as there won’t be much on the line. The Mavericks can see where they stand against a team that made the Eastern Conference Finals last season, as well as watch Luka Doncic and Trae Young put on a show.
October 29th—Mavericks at Nuggets. This matchup in Denver is the first real showdown for the Mavericks with a Western Conference contender. Plus it’s always fun to watch Luka face off against Nikola Jokic.
November 15th through November 23rd—Nuggets, at Suns, at Suns, at Clippers, at Clippers. This is the first chance we’ll get to see what the 2021-22 Mavericks are really made of. After a home game against the Nuggets, they’ll travel to Phoenix to face the NBA Finals runner up Suns twice. After that, they’ll head to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers twice as well. One factor in the Mavericks favor is that there are no back-to-backs scheduled in this stretch. But they struggled last year against the Suns, and are still smarting from consecutive eliminations by the Clippers. This will be the perfect chance to put a stamp on the season early.
December 7th—Nets at Mavericks. This will be a chance for Dallas to see where they stand against one of the premier title contenders. It’s just an early season matchup, and who knows if they’ll see all three of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving on the floor for a December regular season game. But it’s always fun to see Luka up against the best of the NBA.
December 10th—Mavericks at Pacers. This will be the first time the Mavericks face off against former coach Rick Carlisle. It’s a regular season game and both sides parted on good terms, so it’ll be a reunion of sorts rather than a rivalry game.
December 15th—Lakers at Mavericks. Luka vs. LeBron is always a must see matchup, though this time it won’t be on Christmas. It is a national TV game, though, and both players seem to bring out the best in each other, so it’s a much watch.
December 25th—Mavericks at Jazz. The perfect ending to a delectable first two months of the season. The Jazz and the Mavericks play the last game of the night on Christmas Day. Dallas will face off against the team with the best record last year, and Luka will once again have the chance to showcase his skills on one of the NBA’s biggest days. It’s the second straight year the Mavericks have been featured on the Christmas Day slate of games. And since it’s the late game, you should have all your Christmas festivities finished and can sit back, relax, and enjoy one last present, courtesy of Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.