Mavericks to open 2022-23 season at Phoenix; breaking down the schedule

The Mavericks will open the 2022-23 NBA season at the scene of their greatest triumph from last spring’s run to the Western Conference finals when they visit the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 19.

The game will be televised on ESPN (9 p.m., Dallas time).

That will begin the marathon 82-game schedule, during which the Mavericks will try to navigate through a stacked Western Conference and make another deep run into the playoffs.

It was May 15 when the Mavericks won Game 7 in the second round of the playoffs against Phoenix 123-90. Their Game 6 and 7 wins in that series were by a combined 60 points.

The home opener at American Airlines Center will be three days later, Saturday, Oct. 22 against Memphis at 7:30 p.m (FULL SCHEDULE BELOW).

The Mavericks will play three of their first four games on the road, but then will have 10 of their next 12 at AAC.

Perhaps the toughest stretch of the schedule will come early, when the Mavericks play 16 games in a month’s stretch before Christmas and will see both NBA finalists, Golden State and Boston, as well as have two games against Milwaukee, widely expected to contend for this season’s title.

Another rough patch will come in March and early April when the Mavericks play 10 of 13 games on the road, including visits to Miami, Philadelphia, the Lakers and Memphis twice.

Among other season highlights:

  • Jalen Brunson, who…

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