DALLAS - Mark your calendars for Dallas Mavericks basketball - and get the TV warmed up. The schedule for the first 37 of the 72 scheduled games (shortened season) have been released.
While the team has not yet released if fans will be allowed at American Airlines Center, the NBA wants to you watch. A lot. ...
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Three takeaways from the released schedule:
1. Home Sweet Home
After a three-game West Coast trip to begin the year, the Mavericks home-opener will finally be played on December 30 vs. the Charlotte Hornets. This season, the Mavs will celebrate their 20th season playing at American Airlines Center in Dallas and their 41st season in history.
2. Early Road Warriors
Of the Mavs 37 games, they play 19 at home and 18 on the road. However, 11 of Dallas' first 16 games are on on road, including the first three at Phoenix Suns (Dec. 23), Los Angeles Lakers (Dec. 25) and Los Angeles Clippers (Dec. 27).
The Christmas matchup with LeBron James (Luka Doncic's idol) and the defending-champion Lakers will mark the team’s first Christmas Day game since 2011.
3. Loving February
The Mavs are staying put in Dallas in the beginning of February with a massive seven-game home stand. In that stretch, the Mavs host Golden State (Feb. 4 and 6), Minnesota (Feb. 8), Atlanta (Feb. 10), New Orleans (Feb. 12), Portland (Feb. 14) and Detroit (Feb. 17)
BONUS: All eyes on Dallas
Dallas is scheduled to play 16 nationally-televised games during the first half of the season, including six on ESPN, four on TNT, three on ABC and three on NBA TV. This is a continuation of the "anointing of Luka''; last year, the Mavs were on national TV just 13 times all year.
Below is the schedule:
The second half schedule (games played from March 11 to May 16, 2021) will be released likely in February, for COVID-19 reasons.
This season marks a decade since the Mavericks first and only NBA championship in 2011. With stars Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis getting major defensive help, could the 2020-21 season be the Mavericks' chance to bring the world title back to Dallas?
I want to win the championship,'' Doncic said. "And that's the goal we're going to enter this year as a whole group."