Mavs announce season schedule

The Dallas Mavericks announced their 2009-10 season schedule today, which includes nine games on ESPN, four on TNT and seven on NBATV.

Dallas begins its 30th season on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at home as they take on the Washington Wizards. It also marks the ninth season at American Airlines Center.

The Mavericks nine ESPN telecasts include Oct. 30 at L.A. Lakers, Nov. 4 at New Orleans, Nov. 18 vs. San Antonio, Dec. 16 at Oklahoma City, Feb. 17 vs. Phoenix, Feb. 19 at Orlando, Feb. 24 vs. L.A. Lakers, Feb. 26 at Atlanta and Feb. 28 vs. New Orleans.

TNT features the Mavericks four times. Those games are Jan. 18 at Boston, Jan. 28 at Phoenix, Mar. 25 at Portland and Apr. 1 vs. Orlando.

Dallas also has seven televised games on NBATV. They are Nov. 16 at Milwaukee, Dec. 14 vs. New Orleans, Dec. 20 vs. Cleveland, Feb. 20 vs. Miami, Mar. 29 vs. Denver, Apr. 9 at Portland and Apr. 12 at L.A. Clippers.

The remaining portion of the Mavericks local television schedule for games on TXA21, Fox Sports Southwest and HDNet will be released at a later date. All games can be heard on ESPN 103.3 FM and on KFLC (1270 AM) in Spanish.

After tipping-off the season at home vs. Washington, Dallas finds itself playing seven of its next 10 games on the road. Games in that stretch include Western Conference foes L.A. Lakers, New Orleans and San Antonio.

December is kind to the Mavericks as they play eight of their 14 games at home. In fact, the team plays a season-high tying four straight games at the American Airlines Center from Dec. 18-26. They have one other four-game homestand in March (Mar. 10-20).

January proves to be the Mavericks toughest month as the team plays a season-high nine games on the road but just six at home. A season-high five-game road trip occurs that month as the Mavericks head East on a week-long jaunt from January 17-24.

The Mavericks have 20 back-to-backs this season compared to 16 last season. In total, seven of them begin on the road and conclude at home, seven are on the road and six are home-away. Twelve of Dallas’ back-to-backs occur in the first half of the season while eight remain in the last half.

For the first time since 1986, Dallas will host NBA All-Star Weekend from Feb. 12-14. The weekend culminates with the 2010 All-Star Game played at Cowboy Stadium that is expecting a record-setting 80,000 in attendance.

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