Dallas Mavericks’ 2020-21 NBA Schedule: Important Fixtures Against Lakers, Clippers & More

Published 12/05/2020, 2:11 PM EST
Nov 29, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Phoenix Suns in the second half at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA recently released the first half schedule of the upcoming 2020-21 season. Owing to complications that may arrive due to COVID-19, the rest of the schedule hasn’t been released. Let’s take a look at Dallas Mavericks’ schedule.

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The Mavs had a fantastic run last season. Finishing as the 8th seed in a loaded conference, they faced the LA Clippers in the first round of the Western Conference and lost the series in 6 games. Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis missed the last 3 games, leaving Luka Doncic hapless.

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The team knew that offensively they were a force to reckon with. This off-season they have made some more defensive moves, and in their initial stretch of games, they will need their players to step up.

The Mavs have their first 3 games on the road. They start their season away at the Phoenix Suns on Dec 23rd. From their opening 16 games, Dallas will play 11 of their matches on the road.

These games also include games against 3 top teams in the West, the LA Clippers, the champions Los Angeles Lakers, and the Denver Nuggets.

After facing off against the Pacers, they will face the champions’ Lakers in the last match of a packed Christmas Day. After that, they will face Lakers’ noisy neighbors, the LA Clippers.

The Mavs will be without their star, Kristaps Porzingis, who is expected to return in January. Without their star, they will hope that Luka can replicate his form in the Playoffs where he averaged 31 points, 8.7 assists, and 9.8 rebounds per game.

Key Games

Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers – 25th Dec, 7:00 PM

The Mavericks have a very difficult run of fixtures initially. This match against the Lakers will be the toughest of them all. The Lakers have a loaded squad as they had a very busy off-season, adding players like Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell, etc.

The new Mavericks signings like Josh Richardson, James Johnson, will have to step up and defend against the Lakers.

The main matchup though will be Luka Doncic vs LeBron James. Doncic, in his short career in the NBA, looks like a legendary player in the making and is often compared to the King.

James, meanwhile, has been vocal about liking the 21-year-old protege. It’s a shame that Porzingis might miss this match, or we could have seen the epic duel between Anthony Davis and Porzingis.

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 29: Luka Doncic (77) of the Dallas Mavericks yells, “and one,” after making a shot, but not getting call from contact by Paul Millsap (4) of the Denver Nuggets during the second half of Dallas’ 106-109 win on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers- 27th Dec, 2:30 PM

The Mavericks after facing the Lakers will face off against the Kawhi Leonard and Paul George led Clippers. The Clippers have a point to prove this season. Last season they were the favorites to win the championship but were defeated by comeback kings Denver Nuggets.

This season they have brought in an experienced big man in Serge Ibaka and a backup point guard in Luke Kennard. Doncic might have to replicate the form he had in the Playoffs against the Clippers.

He even managed to bag a buzzer-beater to steal a game away from them. The Mavs will need a Luka masterclass to win this game.

Dallas Mavericks vs Denver Nuggets- 7th Jan, 9:00 PM

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The Denver Nuggets are coming off a great playoff run. They had a mixed off-season as they lost 2 important role players in Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee.

They still have their duo of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. It will be interesting to see how they match up against the Doncic led Mavericks.

Mavericks’ Partial Schedule for the 2021 season

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Dec 12 (7:00 pm PT)

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Milwaukee Bucks

(Pre-season)

Jan 27 (8:00 pm PT)

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Utah Jazz

Dec 14 (7:00 pm PT)

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Milwaukee Bucks

(Pre-season)

Jan 29 (9:00 pm PT)

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Utah Jazz

Dec 17 (7:30 pm PT)

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Minnesota Timberwolves

(Pre-season)

Jan 30 (7:30 pm PT)

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Phoenix Suns

Dec 23 (9:30 pm PT)

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Feb 1 (7:30 pm PT)

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Phoenix Suns 

Dec 25 (7:00 pm PT)

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Los Angeles Lakers Feb 3 (6:30 pm PT)

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Atlanta Hawks 

Dec 27 (2:30 pm PT)

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LA Clippers Feb 4 (6:30 pm PT)

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Golden State Warriors

Dec 30 (7:30 pm PT)

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Charlotte HornetsFeb 6 (7:00 pm PT)

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Golden State Warriors

Jan 1 (6:00 pm PT)

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Miami HeatFeb 8 (7:30 pm PT)

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Minnesota Timberwolves 

Jan 3 (7:00 pm PT)

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Chicago BullsFeb 10 (6:30 pm PT)

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Atlanta Hawks 

Jan 4 (7:00 pm PT)

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Houston RocketsFeb 14 (2:30 pm PT)

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Portland Trailblazers 

Jan 7 (9:00 pm PT)

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Denver Nuggets Feb 17 (7:30 pm PT)

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Detroit Pistons

Jan 9 (7:30 pm PT)

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Orlando Magic Feb 19 (8:30 pm PT)

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Houston Rockets

Jan 11 (7:30 pm PT)

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New Orleans PelicansFeb 22 (7:30 pm PT)

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Memphis Grizzlies 

Jan 13 (6:00 pm PT)

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Charlotte HornetsFeb 23 (6:30 pm PT)

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Boston Celtics 

Jan 15 (6:30 pm PT)

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Milwaukee Bucks Feb 25 (6:00 pm PT)

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Philadelphia 76ers

Jan 17 (2:00 pm PT)

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Chicago BullsFeb 27 (7:30 pm PT)

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Brooklyn Nets

Jan 18 (6:30 pm PT)

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Toronto Raptors Mar 1 (6:00 pm PT)

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Orlando Magic

Jan 20 (6:00 pm PT)

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Indiana PacersMarch 3 (5:00 pm PT)

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Oklahoma City Thunder 

Jan 22 (7:30 pm PT)

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San Antonio Spurs

Jan 23 (7:30 pm PT)

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Houston Rockets

Jan 25 (7:30 pm PT)

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Denver Nuggets

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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