First month of 2013-14 will be tough for Mavericks

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Dallas Mavericks 2013-14 schedule
Date OpponentTime
O 30vs. Atlanta7:30 p.m.
N 1at Houston7 p.m.
N 2vs. Memphis7:30 p.m.
N 5vs. LA Lakers7:30 p.m.
N 6at Okla. City8:30 p.m.
N 8at Minnesota7 p.m.
N 9at Milwaukee7:30 p.m.
N 12vs. Washington7:30 p.m.
N 15at Miami6:30 p.m.
N 16at Orlando6 p.m.
N 18vs. Philadelphia7:30 p.m.
N 20vs. Houston8:30 p.m.
N 22vs. Utah7:30 p.m.
N 23at Denver8 p.m.
N 25vs. Denver7:30 p.m.
N 27vs. Golden St.7:30 p.m.
N 29at Atlanta6:30 p.m.
N 30vs. Minnesota7:30 p.m.
D 3vs. Charlotte7:30 p.m.
D 4at New Orleans7 p.m.
D 7at Portland9 p.m.
D 9at Sacramento9 p.m.
D 11at Golden St.9:30 p.m.
D 14vs. Milwaukee7:30 p.m.
D 18vs. Memphis7:30 p.m.
D 20vs. Toronto7:30 p.m.
D 21at Phoenix8 p.m.
D 23at Houston7 p.m.
D 26vs. San Antonio7:30 p.m.
D 28at Chicago7 p.m.
D 30at Minnesota7 p.m.
J 1at Washington5 p.m.
J 3vs. LA Clippers7:30 p.m
J 5vs. New York6:30 p.m.
J 7vs. LA Lakers7:30 p.m.
J 8at San Antonio6 p.m.
J 10at New Orleans7 p.m.
J 11vs. New Orleans7:30 p.m.
J 13vs. Orlando7:30 p.m.
J 15at LA Clippers9:30 p.m.
J 17at Phoenix8 p.m.
J 18vs. Portland7:30 p.m.
J 20at ClevelandNoon
J 22at Toronto6 p.m.
J 24at Brooklyn6:30 p.m.
J 26vs. Detroit6:30 p.m.
J 29vs. Houston7:30 p.m.
J 31vs. Sacramento7:30 p.m.
F 3vs. Cleveland7:30 p.m.
F 5at Memphis7 p.m.
F 7vs. Utah7:30 p.m.
F 9at Boston5 p.m.
F 11at Charlotte6 p.m.
F 12at Indiana6 p.m.
F 18vs. Miami7:30 p.m.
F 21at Philadelphia6 p.m.
F 22at Detroit6:30 p.m.
F 24at New York6:30 p.m.
F 26vs. New Orleans7 p.m.
F 28vs. Chicago7:30 p.m.
M 2at San Antonio6 p.m.
M 5at Denver8 p.m.
M 7vs. Portland7:30 p.m.
M 9vs. Indiana6:30 p.m.
M 11at Golden St.9:30 p.m.
M 12at Utah8 p.m.
M 16at Okla. City6 p.m.
M 17vs. Boston7:30 p.m.
M 19vs. Minnesota7:30 p.m.
M 21vs. Denver7:30 p.m.
M 23vs. Brooklyn6:30 p.m.
M 25vs. Okla. City7 p.m.
M 27vs. LA Clippers7:30 p.m.
M 29vs. Sacramento7:30 p.m.
A 1vs. Golden State7:30 p.m.
A 3at LA Clippers9:30 p.m.
A 4at LA Lakers9:30 p.m.
A 6at Sacramento5 p.m.
A 8at Utah8 p.m.
A 10vs. San Antonio7 p.m.
A 12vs. Phoenix7:30 p.m.
A 16at Memphis7 p.m.
Oct. 30 vs. Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 @ Houston, 7 p.m. Nov. 2 vs. Memphis, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 @ Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8 @ Minnesota, 7 p.m. Nov. 9 @ Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 @ Miami, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 @ Orlando, 6 p.m. Nov. 18 vs Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 vs Houston, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 22 vs. Utah, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 @ Denver, 8 p.m. Nov. 25 vs Denver, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 vs Golden State, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 @ Atlanta, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 vs Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 vs Charlotte, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 @ New Orleans, 7 p.m. Dec. 7 @ Portland, 9 p.m. Dec. 9 @ Sacramento, 9 p.m. Dec. 11 @ Golden State, 9:30 p.m. Dec. 14 vs Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 vs Memphis, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 vs Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 @ Phoenix, 8 p.m. Dec. 23 @ Houston, 7 p.m. Dec. 26 vs San Antonio, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28 @ Chicago, 7 p.m. Dec. 30 @ Minnesota, 7 p.m. Jan. 1 @ Washington, 5 p.m. Jan. 3 vs L.A. Clippers, 7:30 p.m Jan. 5 vs New York, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 vs L.A. Lakers, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 @ San Antonio, 6 p.m. Jan. 10 @ New Orleans, 7 p.m. Jan. 11 vs New Orleans, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 vs Orlando, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 @ L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m. Jan. 17 @ Phoenix, 8 p.m. Jan. 18 vs Portland, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 @ Cleveland, Noon Jan. 22 @ Toronto, 6 p.m. Jan. 24 @ Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 vs Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 vs Houston, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 vs Sacramento, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 vs Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 @ Memphis, 7 p.m. Feb. 7 vs Utah, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 @ Boston, 5 p.m. Feb. 11 @ Charlotte, 6 p.m. Feb. 12 @ Indiana, 6 p.m. Feb. 18 vs Miami, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 @ Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Feb. 22 @ Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 @ New York, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 vs New Orleans, 7 p.m. Feb. 28 vs Chicago, 7:30 p.m. March 2 @ San Antonio, 6 p.m. March 5 @ Denver, 8 p.m. March 7 vs Portland, 7:30 p.m. March 9 vs Indiana, 6:30 p.m. March 11 @ Golden State, 9:30 p.m. March 12 @ Utah, 8 p.m. March 16 @ Oklahoma City, 6 p.m. March 17 vs Boston, 7:30 p.m. March 19 vs Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. March 21 vs Denver, 7:30 p.m. March 23 vs Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m. March 25 vs Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. March 27 vs L.A. Clippers, 7:30 p.m. March 29 vs Sacramento, 7:30 p.m. April 1 vs Golden State, 7:30 p.m. April 3 @ L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m. April 4 @ L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m. April 6 @ Sacramento, 5 p.m. April 8 @ Utah, 8 p.m. April 10 vs San Antonio, 7 p.m. April 12 vs Phoenix, 7:30 p.m. April 16 @ Memphis, 7 p.m.

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The quest to reach the playoffs for the first time in two seasons won’t be an easy challenge for the Dallas Mavericks.

And a lot of it may be determined by what happens in the first month of the season.

The NBA released its schedule for the 2013-14 season on Tuesday with the Mavs opening their campaign Oct. 30 at home against the Atlanta Hawks. And to make things tough for Dallas, the Mavs will play a season-high-tying 17 games in November, which is also the same number of games they play in January.

The Mavs play 16 back-to-backs next season — six in November — and have 11 games in November against teams that were playoff participants last season, including a Nov. 15 contest in Miami against the two-time defending NBA champion Heat.

In addition, the Mavs will have six games televised nationally on NBA TV, five on ESPN and three on TNT.

Here are the top 10 Mavs’ games to watch this season:

Oct. 30 vs. Atlanta: This is both the regular season and home opener for the overhauled Mavs, who will have nine new players. Obviously hungry after missing out on the playoffs last season for the first time since 2000, the Mavs will have three new starters to go with Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion.

Nov. 1 at Houston: The Mavs’ first road game of the season has them going right down Interstate 45 to face one of the NBA’s biggest challenges in the Rockets. This is also the Mavs’ first chance to see center Dwight Howard, who last month turned down a chance to play for Dallas and instead signed a free-agent contract with the Rockets.

Nov. 5 vs. LA Lakers: The Lakers are always a big road draw because they’re the Lakers. But this game may take on new importance since it isn’t known if perennial All-Star guard Kobe Bryant will be available after undergoing off-season surgery for a torn Achilles tendon.

Nov. 6 at Oklahoma City: The Red River rivalry always bears mentioning because — from front door to front door — Oklahoma City is the closest NBA city to Dallas. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are arguably the best 1-2 duo in the league.

Nov. 15 at Miami: This is the first meeting of the season between the teams that have combined to capture the last three NBA titles. The Mavs beat LeBron James and Miami in the 2011 Finals, and the Heat collected the past two NBA championships.

Dec. 26 vs. San Antonio: The Spurs narrowly missed winning their fifth NBA title last season when they lost to Miami in seven games after blowing a 3-2 series lead. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are back again to continue their Drive for Five.

Dec. 28 at Chicago: Dallas hits the road to face guard Derrick Rose for the first time since the 2011-12 season. Rose missed all of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a playoff game in April of 2012. The former MVP claims that he’s the game’s best player.

Jan. 3 vs. LA Clippers: The new-look Clippers make their first visit to American Airlines Center. Since last season, the Clippers have a new coach (Doc Rivers) and some pretty good new players (Jared Dudley, Darren Collison and J.J. Redick) as they hope to be a serious contender for the NBA title.

Jan. 5 vs. New York: This could be Carmelo Anthony’s final game in Dallas as a member of the Knicks. Anthony becomes a free agent next summer, and there’s a very good chance the Mavs will make a run at signing him.

Jan. 24 at Brooklyn: Former Mavs point guard Jason Kidd and the revamped Nets face the Mavs for the first time. Kidd is in his first season as a head coach, and the Nets added former Celtics Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to an already potent lineup.

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @dwainprice

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