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: