Mavericks announce first half of regular season schedule

The Dallas Mavericks announced their 2020-21 first half schedule, which tips off on the road against Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 9:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.

The 2020-21 campaign will mark the 41st season in Mavericks history, including the club’s 20th playing at American Airlines Center. The team’s first half schedule will see it play 37 games (19 at home, 18 on road).

Eleven of Dallas’ first 16 games will be played on the road, including a three-game West Coast trip to begin the year. Following their opener against the Suns, the Mavericks will travel to Los Angeles for a Christmas matchup with LeBron James and the defending NBA champion L.A. Lakers at 7 p.m. CT on ABC. It will mark the team’s first Christmas Day game since 2011. Dallas will wrap up its opening-week road trip with a playoff rematch against Kawhi Leonard and the L.A. Clippers on Dec. 27, at 2:30 p.m. CT.

Dallas is scheduled to conclude its season series with six teams over the first half of the year (Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Orlando and Phoenix). On the contrary, there are four clubs that the Mavericks will not face in the opening half of the season (Cleveland, New York, Sacramento and Washington).

Dallas is slated 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.

The team’s longest homestand of the first half of the season is a seven-game stretch against Golden State (Feb. 4 and 6), Minnesota (Feb. 8), Atlanta (Feb. 10), New Orleans (Feb. 12), Portland (Feb. 14) and Detroit (Feb. 17) at the beginning of February. Dallas’ longest road trip over the first half of the year will be three games (four times).

The Mavericks are scheduled to play six back-to-backs during the first half of the season. Three of those will begin on the road and end at home, one will begin at home and finish on the road, one will be road-to-road, and the other will require no travel (begin and end at home).

The second half schedule (March 11 to May 16, 2021), which will be will be released during the latter part of the first half of the schedule, will include the remainder of each team’s 72 games not scheduled in the first half as well as any games postponed during the first half that can reasonably be added to the second half schedule.

The format for the NBA’s 75th regular season will see the Mavericks play each Western Conference team three times (at least once at home and once on the road) and each Eastern Conference team twice (once at home, once on the road).