The Mavericks first game of the compacted 66-game season pits Dallas against Miami in a NBA Finals rematch on Christmas Day.
The Dallas Mavericks released their full 66-game schedule for the 2011-2012 NBA season on Tuesday.
Free agency officially begins Friday, the same day training camp opens, and there's not much time to get ready for the compacted season.
The league's 66th season tips off with five games on Christmas, including an NBA Finals rematch of the Mavericks versus the Heat at home at 1:30 p.m.
We don't have to remind you the Mavs beat the Heat in six games in last season's finals.
Other big games you may want to attend?
Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder come to town Jan. 2 for a rematch of the Western Conference Finals.
The Mavs renew their division rivalry with the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 29 at the AAC.
Blake Griffin and Kobe Bryant come to Big D when the Mavs host the Lakers on Feb. 22.
The NBA announced the compacted, post-lockout schedule will require every team to play on three consecutive nights at least once. And it will force every team to navigate demanding stretches that are never seen during a full season.
Dallas will play seven games in nine nights in March. Unfortunately the three consecutive games for the Mavs happen during that stretch and on the road against Phoenix, Sacramento and Golden State on March 8, 9 and 10.
Teams will play 48 conference games and 18 non-conference games before the regular season ends on April 26.