The Mavericks joined the NBA as an expansion team in 1980, and it didn't take the Mavs very long to build a contender. Dallas made the playoffs and recorded a winning season for the first time in 1983-84. The Mavericks continued to improve every year through the 1988-89 season, when the team fell just a game short of reaching the NBA finals, losing to the juggernaut Los Angeles Lakers for the third time in five years. Through the entirety of the 1990s the Mavericks were the basement dwellers of the NBA, nearly setting the record for worst season on multiple occasions. Dallas finally made the playoffs again in the 2000-2001 season with a core of Michael Finley, Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash. Dallas missed the playoffs just twice from 2001 to 2012. After reaching the NBA finals in 2006 only to be thwarted by the Miami Heat, the Mavericks won their first title in 2011. Led by Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd—his second stint with the team—Dallas bested the Heat and their big three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in their first season together. Dallas has retired the numbers of two players—Mark Aguirre and Brad Davis. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Dallas Mavericks basketball tickets.
2016 Mavericks Season Preview
The Dallas Mavericks may have had the most tumultuous offseason of any team in the NBA. After agreeing to a contract with top free agent DeAndre Jordan, the Mavs looked to be contenders in 2015. But a week later, Jordan had backed out of the deal, and center Tyson Chandler had departed for the Suns. The Mavericks rallied, in signing Deron Williams, and Will Matthews, and a number of other solid pieces that has the team believing they can contend. The biggest question mark surrounding the 2015 Dallas Mavericks team, is who will fill the scoring hole left by the departure of Monta Ellis? Dirk Nowitzki will likely see less minutes than last season, and the onus of generating shots will fall on Williams and Devin Harris. Look for the Dallas Mavericks to compete in a very difficult western conference, and to be in line for a lower seed in the NBA playoffs.
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Dallas Mavericks Basketball at American Airlines Center Address: 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, Texas, 75219
The Mavericks play their home games at the American Airlines Center, located in Dallas, Texas. When filled to capacity, American Airlines Center holds more than 19 thousand screaming fans. A state-of-the-art seating system allows the arena to host both the Mavericks and the NHL's Stars without hindering the sightlines of any of their fans. The Dallas Mavericks home bench is on the American Airlines Center sideline in front of sections 117-118. AAC parking information is covered in our Mavericks event guide.
Mavericks vs. Suns
In the mid-2000s this matchup was often times voted as the most intense rivalry in the NBA. This rivalry took off when star point guard Steve Nash departed Dallas for Phoenix and with both franchises meeting in the playoffs on a consistent basis. Both teams were usually at the top of the standings when they met, which only heightened this entertaining matchup.
This rivalry spiked in the 2000s when both teams met in the playoffs on a consistent basis. With stakes at its highest, the intensity level of these matchups was tough to top. These two teams were consistently fighting for an NBA title which only heightened the rivalry and has made this one of the better matchups in the NBA.
Mavericks vs. Heat
This rivalry became nationally known when the Mavericks defeated the Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals. With both franchises featuring star players and high profile owners, it is only natural for this to be one of the better rivalries in the NBA. As both teams continue to be contenders, this rivalry will only get better.
As state rivals and linked by Interstate 45, these two teams are always battling for bragging rights. The intensity level and physical play seems to be at its highest when these two teams meet. Both teams have taken turns dominating the series with the Mavericks holding the edge during the playoffs.
Mavericks in the NBA Finals, Western Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
As a member of the NBA since 1980, the Mavericks have established themselves as one of the more accomplished franchises. With multiple conference championships to go along with their 2+ division titles, Dallas is always near the top of the NBA standings. The highlight of the franchise came in 2011 with an NBA Championship.
Dallas Mavericks Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to tipoff at a Mavericks game?
Doors open at American Airlines Center 90 minutes before tipoff, but the party starts even before that. Fans from all over paint their body blue and green and start Mavericks cheers in hopes that they will be selected for free tickets into the standing room only "Rowdy Proud Fan Zone" during the game. This makes for a great atmosphere outside of the arena and adds to the many benefits of getting to AAC early.
How can I buy cheap Dallas Mavericks tickets?
TicketCity offers a big selection of Dallas Mavericks tickets which include some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Mavericks tickets fluctuate based on demand and opponent. Marquee Western Conference opponents, like the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, and Oklahoma City Thunder can drive up home game prices. While cheap tickets are more plentiful for non-conference opponents. Those early season games may offer best opportunity to purchase Mavericks tickets near face value.
Where are good places to eat before a Mavericks game?
If you are in Dallas you have to try the southern comfort food. Ellen's Southern Kitchen and Stampede 66 are in downtown Dallas and will not disappoint. Dallas has some great barbeque, but the best places close just after lunchtime. If you are catching an earlier game try Mac's Bar-B-Que, Pecan Lodge, and Lockhart Smokehouse. Just make sure to double-check what time they close. For upscale dining, Reunion Tower is an unforgettable albeit expensive experience; also make sure to get a reservation as it is hard to get a table without one. Other good places are Victory Tavern, Cook Hall and Neo's Pizza.
Where is the best place to park at American Airlines Center?
The majority of arena parking is located just behind the northeast corner of AAC. There are also some good lots a short walk to the south of the arena. It is always easiest to purchase a parking pass with your ticket, as you will get access to the closest lots. Public lots typically run between $10-$30 depending on how far you want to walk. The Dart Rail is a public transportation option if you don't want to drive; it lets off only a short distance from AAC, and can connect you to many of the good restaurants in the West End.
Where can I find the 2015-2016 Dallas Mavericks schedule?
The Mavericks 2015-2016 schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by the NBA. The Mavericks play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference, which means games against the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, and New Orleans Pelicans. Game times are announced by the NBA as soon as the TV schedule is set. Dallas Mavericks’ home opener against the Atlanta Hawks is typically one of the most popular games. If you are looking for Mavericks news or scores, then visit our partners at CBS Sports. They are also a good source for the official Dallas Mavericks team roster.
What are the best concessions at American Airlines Center?
Concessions have seen an upgrade in recent years and have some extravagant options that will keep you smiling. Try the Big Dawg, it's a foot long hot dog covered in barbeque bacon, chili cheese, onions, and other greasy goodness that you can proudly wear on your shirt for the rest of the game. The Grill Zone has some monster hamburgers and even a decent veggie burger. High Steaks is another one to check out, they have great Philly and Texas cheesesteaks. If you are looking for a less messy, more healthy option, Market To Go has wraps, sandwiches, salads and is gluten free and vegetarian friendly.
Can I buy Dallas Mavericks season tickets?
Dallas Mavericks season tickets are available to buy until tipoff of their home opener. Check our listings above or call us if you would like to purchase Mavericks season tickets. Let us know if you want a particular section at American Airlines Center.