When the NBA schedule is released, it’s one of the few days across the league where all 30 teams have hope. And the Dallas Mavericks are no different.
This offseason, that hopeful day was Friday when the league announced its official schedule for its 75th anniversary season.
The 2021-22 season sees a return to the expected 82 game schedule: 41 games at home and 41 games on the road. And coinciding with the return of the 82 games season is a return to the somewhat normal start date for the season. Sept. 28 is the start of the NBA training camp. Meanwhile, Oct. 19 is the start of the NBA regular season.
So with all the excitement in the air and the explanations over with, it’s time to take a glance at some exciting Mavericks games people won’t want to miss.
Dallas Mavericks at Atlanta Hawks Oct. 21, 2021
This is the season tip-off, and who better to have it against than the Eastern Conference finalists Hawks. As it stands, the Hawks are the league example of how to build around a young star through the draft and a few key veterans. This is an early opportunity to see how the Mavericks core stacks up against what Atlanta has built over the past three seasons. It also gives the NBA world Luka Dončić and Trae Young. That is always must-see TV.
Dallas Mavericks at Denver Nuggets Oct. 29, 2021
Anytime the Mavs play an NBA MVP, it will be a tough battle. What makes this game harder is it’s in Denver. And after the disappointing end to the 2020-21 season for the Nuggets, they are looking to bounce back – early. Expect sparks to fly in this matchup.
Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns Nov. 17/19, 2021.
This is one of the two-game baseball-style series the NBA is embedding throughout the schedule. The Mavs will play the Suns on a Wednesday and then a Friday, both games on ESPN. In this matchup, Dallas has an opportunity to gauge itself against a team that went to The Finals and lost in six games to the Milwaukee Bucks. Until proven otherwise, the path to the NBA Finals still resides through Phoenix.
Dallas Mavericks at Brooklyn Nets Dec. 7, 2021
The Nets have one of the most talented rosters in the league. With Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving all healthy, they should be the favorite to win the Eastern Conference. Dallas gets to see how it stacks up against one of the most talented teams of all time. NBA fans also get a Durant and Dončić battle that will always draw a crowd.
Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks Dec. 15, 2021
With the new-look Lakers in town, Dallas has an opportunity to hang a victory over them relatively early in the season. With the litany of talent in Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, beating Los Angeles down the road – once they have put everything together – will be difficult. Getting an early win over the Lakeshow is a must for Dallas.
Milwaukee Bucks at Dallas Mavericks Dec. 23, 2021
Whenever the NBA Champion Bucks are in town, it is a must-see event. This game offers Mavericks fans Dončić versus Giannis Antetokounmpo, signifying just how global the NBA game has become over the last three decades.
Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz Dec. 25, 2021
Playing on Christmas Day is an NBA privilege. For Dončić and the Mavs, this marks the second year in a row they get to play on Christmas. Although Salt Lake City may not be a premier destination, the Jazz are a premier NBA team.
Indiana Pacers at Dallas Mavericks Jan. 29, 2022
Rick Carlisle returns to the arena he knows all so well. The Mavericks and Carlisle parted ways during this offseason, and his first game back in Dallas promises to be an emotional one. Look for a tribute video and a bevy of other reasons to feel sentimental during this game.
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