5 Important Early Games On Dallas Mavericks 2014-15 Schedule

By Kareem Gantt

Dallas Mavericks 2014-15 Schedule: 5 Important Early Games

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The Dallas Mavericks are on the cusp of becoming an elite team again. But there are five early games on the Mavs 2014-15 schedule that may tell if they are for real or if they are just playing with fans' emotions.

5. San Antonio Spurs, Oct. 28

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5. San Antonio Spurs, Oct. 28

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The Mavs open the 2014-15 season in San Antonio, and there is no better test to a team wishing to become elite than paying a visit to the home of the defending NBA champions.

4. Portland Trail Blazers, Nov. 6

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4. Portland Trail Blazers, Nov. 6

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The Trail Blazers are almost a carbon copy of Dallas -- a team trying to get into the upper echelon of the West. So when these two get together in Portland on Nov. 6, it will be a doozy.

3. Houston Rockets, Nov. 22

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3. Houston Rockets, Nov. 22

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Another huge early-season test for the Mavs comes against their other in-state rivals. Their game against the Rockets on Nov. 22 will loom large in the Mavs' quest to become elite.

2. Golden State Warriors, Dec. 13

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2. Golden State Warriors, Dec. 13

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Stephen Curry and the Warriors visit Dallas in December, and this game is sure to be one of the highest scoring battles in the NBA this upcoming season. Do the Mavs have enough offensive firepower to overcome the onslaught of Curry and Klay Thompson?

1. Oklahoma City Thunder, Dec. 28

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1. Oklahoma City Thunder, Dec. 28

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Perhaps the biggest test after their season opener against the Spurs is when the Mavs will have their elite status tested against Kevin Durant and the Thunder in the last game of 2014.

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