Earlier this week the NBA released its schedule for the upcoming 2013-2014 season. One of the unique things about the schedule is that we know every team is going to play every team. If they are in the same conference, it’s usually three or four games each, while you play each non-conference opponents twice – each having a home game. Something people like to look for are certain patterns or things that might favor one team over another throughout the course of the year.
One of these patterns presented itself when looking at the schedule for the Dallas Mavericks. During the first month of the season, Dallas plays 18 games, 10 of which are at home. However, of the 18 games 12 of them are against teams that made the playoffs last year. This includes games against the defending champion Miami Heat, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers. They also have two games against the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, and a home-and-home against the Denver Nuggets. The first five opponents for the Mavericks are all playoff teams from last year.
This is a new year and just because a team made the playoffs last year doesn’t mean they will this season. Regardless of playoff status from a year ago, though, there’s no denying that this schedule isn’t going to be easy for Dirk Nowitzki and company. As a matter of fact, we should know pretty quickly into the season whether or not this new roster that Mark Cuban assembled is going to be a contender or not. Of course things could happen during the season that could alter the course for this team. One thing’s for certain, though; this team better come out of the gate ready to play. If they don’t, they could be buried before they ever get started.
Greg Higgins is a Dallas Mavericks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @greghiggins457