Mavericks to open 2022-23 season at Phoenix; breaking down the schedule

The Mavericks will open the 2022-23 NBA season at the scene of their greatest triumph from last spring’s run to the Western Conference finals as they visit the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 19

The game will be televised on ESPN (9 pm, Dallas time).

That will begin the marathon 82-game schedule, during which the Mavericks will try to navigate through a stacked Western Conference and make another deep run into the playoffs.

It was May 15 when the Mavericks won Game 7 in the second round of the playoffs against Phoenix 123-90. Their Game 6 and 7 wins in that series were by a combined 60 points.

The home opener at American Airlines Center will be three days later, Saturday, Oct. 22 against Memphis at 7:30 pm

The Mavericks will play three of their first four games on the road, but then will have 10 of their next 12 at AAC.

Perhaps the toughest stretch of the schedule will come early, when the Mavericks play 16 games in a month’s stretch before Christmas and will see both NBA finalists, Golden State and Boston, as well as have two games against Milwaukee, widely expected to contend for this season’s title.

Another rough patch will come in March and early April when the Mavericks play 10 of 13 games on the road, including visits to Miami, Philadelphia, the Lakers and Memphis twice.

Among other season’s highlights:

  • Jalen Brunson, who spent his first four seasons with the Mavericks before departing in free agency, will make his first appearance e back in Dallas on Dec. 27
  • The defending champion Golden State Warriors, who defeated the Mavericks in the Western Conference finals, will come to AAC on Nov. 29 at 6:30 pm and again on March 22.
  • From the Eastern Conference, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks will visit AAC on Dec. 9 at 9 pm
  • Defending East champion Boston will be in Dallas on Jan. 5 in a nationally televised game at 6:30 pm
  • Kevin Durant (as it stands now), Kyrie Irving and (perhaps) Ben Simmons will make their only appearance with Brooklyn at the AAC on Nov. 7.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers with James Harden and Joel Embiid will come to town on March 2 at 6:30 pm

There are three five-game road trips on the schedule, starting in January when Oklahoma City, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland twice from Jan. 8-15.

They also will have five road games from Feb. 4-11 at Golden State, Utah, the LA Clippers and Sacramento twice.

The last of the five gamers is in March and early April, when they go to Charlotte, Indiana, Philadelphia, Miami and Atlanta.

The Mavericks also will have a six-game home stand following the All-Star break in Salt Lake City when they entertain the San Antonio, the Lakers, Indiana, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Utah.

As was announced last week, for the second time in franchise history, the Mavericks will host a Christmas Day game, entertaining LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers at 1:30 pm at American Airlines Center.

The Mavericks also will entertain the Lakers on Feb. 26.

The other Christmas Day game in Dallas was 2011, which was opening day in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season after the Mavericks had won the title. They had a rematch of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. The Mavericks lost that game, 105-94.

This will be the sixth Christmas Day game for the Mavericks. They own a 2-3 record on the holiday.

Most recently, they lost last season at Utah on Christmas night and lost at the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020. They won Christmas games at Portland in 2008 and Sacramento in 2003.

The Mavericks have not yet announced their preseason schedule, but it is known that they will play Oklahoma City Oct. 5 in Tulsa, Orlando Oct. 7 at American Airlines Center and at Utah on Oct. 14

Those teams have already announced their exhibition schedule.

There could be another exhibition added for the Mavericks.

THE FULL SCHEDULE (listed in Dallas times)

OCTOBER

wed. october 19 @ Phoenix 9:00 ESPN

Sat Oct 22 Memphis 7:30 NBA TV

Do it. october 25 @ New Orleans 6:30 TNT

Thu. october 27 @ Brooklyn 6:30 NBA TV

Sat Oct 29 Oklahoma City 8:00

Sun. october 30 Orlando 6:30

NOVEMBER

wed. Nov. 2 Utah 7:30

Fri. Nov. 4 Toronto 7:30

Mon. Nov. 7 Brooklyn 8:45

wed. Nov 9 @ Orlando 6:00

Thu. Nov 10 @ Washington 6:00

Sat. Nov. 12 Portland 7:30

do Nov 15 LA Clippers 7:30

wed. Nov 16 Houston 7:30

Fri. Nov 18 Denver 7:30

Sun. Nov 20 Denver 6:30

wed. Nov 23 @ Boston 6:30 ESPN

Sat. Nov. 26 @ Toronto 4:00

Sun. Nov 27 @ Milwaukee 7:00 NBA TV

do Nov 29 Golden State 6:30 TNT

DECEMBER

Thu. Dec 1 @ Detroit 6:00 NBA TV

Sat Dec 3 @ New York 11:30

Mon Dec 5 Phoenix 7:30 NBA TV

Do it. Dec 6 @ Denver 9:00 TNT

Fri. Dec 9 Milwaukee 9:00 ESPN

Sat Dec 10 @ Chicago 7:00

Mon Dec 12 Oklahoma City 7:30

wed. Dec 14 Cleveland 8:00

Fri. Dec 16 Portland 7:30

Sat Dec 17 @ Cleveland 7:00

Mon Dec 19 @ Minnesota 7:00

wed. Dec 21 @ Minnesota 7:00

Fri. Dec 23 @ Houston 7:00

Sun. Dec 25 LA Lakers 1:30 ABC

do Dec 27 New York 7:30

Thu. Dec 29 Houston 7:30

Sat Dec 31 @ San Antonio 6:00

JANUARY

Mon Jan 2 @ Houston 7:00

Thu. Jan 5 Boston 6:30 TNT

Sat. Jan. 7 New Orleans 7:00

Sun. Jan 8 @ Oklahoma City 6:00

do Jan 10 @ LA Clippers 9:30

Thu. Jan 12 @ LA Lakers 9:00 TNT

Sat. Jan. 14 @ Portland 9:00

Sun. Jan 15 @ Portland 8:00

wed. Jan 18 Atlanta 6:30 ESPN

Fri. Jan 20 Miami 6:30 ESPN

Sun. Jan 22 LA Clippers 6:30

do Jan 24 Washington 7:30

Thu. Jan 26 @ Phoenix 9:00 TNT

Sat. Jan. 28 @ Utah 8:00

Mon. Jan. 30 Detroit 7:30

FEBRUARY

Thu. Feb. 2 New Orleans 7:30

Sat. Feb. 4 @ Golden State 7:30 ABC

Mon Feb 6 @ Utah 8:00

wed. Feb 8 @ LA Clippers 9:00 ESPN

Fri. Feb 10 @ Sacramento 9:00

Sat. Feb. 11 @ Sacramento 9:00

Mon. Feb. 13 Minnesota 7:30

wed. Feb 15 @ Denver 8:00

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Salt Lake City

Feb 17-19

Thu. Feb. 23 San Antonio 7:30

Sun. Feb 26 LA Lakers 2:30 ABC

do Feb. 28 Indiana 7:30

MARCH

Thu. Mar. 2 Philadelphia 6:30 TNT

Sun. Mar. 5 Phoenix 12:00 ABC

do Mar. 7 Utah 7:30

wed. Mar. 8 @ New Orleans 6:30 ESPN

Sat. Mar. 11 @ Memphis 7:00

Mon. Mar. 13 Memphis 6:30 ESPN

wed. Mar. 15 @ San Antonio 7:30

Fri. Mar 17 @ LA Lakers 9:30 NBA TV

Mon Mar 20 @ Memphis 7:00 NBA TV

wed. Mar. 22 Golden State 6:30 ESPN

Fri. Mar. 24 Charlotte 7:30

Sun. Mar 26 @ Charlotte 12:00

Mon. Mar. 27 @ Indiana 6:00

wed. Mar. 29 @ Philadelphia 6:30 ESPN

APRIL

Sat Apr 1 @ Miami 6:30 NBA TV

Sun. Apr 2 @ Atlanta 5:00 NBA TV

wed. Apr. 5 Sacramento 7:30

Fri. Apr. 7 Chicago 7:30

Sun. Apr 9 San Antonio 2:30

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