DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – While the Dallas Mavericks’ season opener against the Miami Heat was packaged with the welcome news that the NBA lockout had rung its death knell, the league on Tuesday released the team’s full 66 game schedule.
Defending their title won’t be easy: Counting a stretch with three games in three nights, the Mavericks have 22 back-to-back games. Six of those start at home and finish on the road, six start on the road and end at home and the other eight are on the road.
After the first tipoff of the salvaged season on Christmas Day, Dallas will play another three games in December.
Then it’s on to January, when the squad is scheduled to play a franchise-high 18 games in a month. That stretch includes two bouts each with San Antonio and New Orleans as well as single-games against Oklahoma City, Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers.
All other opponents in January failed to make the playoffs.
Half of February’s 14 games come against Eastern Conference opponents and Dallas will play away for 10 of the 17 scheduled games in March. Also in March? A stretch where the Mavericks play seven games in six different cities over nine days.
And in April, Dallas will play a comparatively modest 13 games.
Eight of the team’s 33 away games – a percentage point shy of a quarter of them – come in two four-game road stretches.
The first kicks off in January, with the Mavs playing the Lakers on the 16th, the Clippers on the 18th, the Utah Jazz on the 19th and the New Orleans Hornets on the 21st.
The next equal stretch comes toward the end of the season in April, when Dallas travels to Oakland to play the Golden State Warriors on the 12th, the Portland Trailblazers on the 13th, the Lakers on the 15th and the Jazz on the 16th.
A third of all the Mavericks games will be broadcast nationally: ABC will air three, ESPN will air nine, TNT will show seven and NBATV plays six.
For the rest, tune into Fox Sports Southwest, TXA 21 and HDNet, where Mark Followill, Derek Harper and Jeff ‘Skin’ Wade will offer commentary. Which channels are hosting which games will be announced at a later date, a press release said.
For more information on specifics, check the Mavericks’s entire schedule here.