February 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Western Conference forward Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks (41) during the second half of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Southwest Central Division
Leading up to the regular season things will ramp up at the end of September as training camps begin and the NBA 2015-16 preseason games will give us our first look at teams as they finalize their rosters. Squads will play between 8 and 6 preseason games.
We take a look at each Division and highlight each individual game including opponents, game time, dates and venues.
Game 1: October 6th, 2015 a home in Dallas at American Airlines Center versus the Denver Nuggets at 8:30 PM ET
Game 2: October 7th, 2015 on road in Houston at Toyota Center versus the Houston Rockets at 8:00 PM ET
Game 3: October 13th, 2015 on road in Tulsa Oklahoma BOK Center versus the Oklahoma City Thunder at 8:00 PM ET
Game 4: October 16th, 2015 at home in Dallas at American Airlines Center versus the Atlanta Hawks at 8:30 PM ET
Game 5: October 19th, 2015 on road in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena versus Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:00 PM ET
Game 6: October 21st, 2015 at home in Dallas at American Airlines Center versus the Phoenix Suns at 8:00 PM ET
Game 7: October 23rd, 2015 on road in Lincoln Nebraska at the Pinnacle Bank Arena versus Chicago Bulls at 8:00 PM ET
If there is a team we should feel for this off season arguably it’s the Mavericks who got punked big time by DeAndre Jordan, lost Tyson Chandler and Monta Ellis and whose only big free agent signing was injured guard Wesley Matthews. With a coach I call the heir apparent to Pops in Rick Carlisle and a still very capable Dirk you can’t count the Mavs out.
But can Matthews and the few front court players the team added after learning Jordan changed his mind really offer enough to combat against the Western strengths? It feels like Dallas will likely be the one Southwest Division team who’ll fall out of the post season. They’ll get to see how their revamped squad fairs early in the post season with games versus a couple powerhouses: Rockets, Hawks, Cavaliers and Bulls.
Next: Houston Rockets