The San Antonio Spurs will host the Dallas Mavericks at Frost Bank Center on October 25th for their 2023-24 regular-season opener, per a report from Marc Stein. This marks only the fourth time these interstate adversaries have kicked off their schedules against each other, and it is their first opening night matchup since 2014.
Though the days of Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki trading baskets in nationally televised games are long behind us, Victor Wembanyama and Luka Doncic will have an opportunity to rekindle this once-heated Southwest Division rivalry. Both clubs missed out on the playoffs last season, and their front offices have been busy wheeling and dealing this summer.
The Spurs-Mavericks rivalry has been revitalized
The Mavericks have retooled their roster with savvy moves that brought Grant Williams, Seth Curry, and Richaun Homes to Dallas, offering Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving the supporting cast to become Western Conference contenders. Meanwhile, San Antonio made small trades to bolster their young core with veterans like Reggie Bullock, Cameron Payne, and Cedi Osman.
Revamped rotations and depth charts should ensure this contest is more interesting than the ones from last year, but Wembanyama and Doncic are the headliners that make it must-watch basketball. The youngsters are each generational prospects that dominated competitive European leagues en route to rising to the top of their respective draft classes.
What else do we know about San Antonio's schedule?
While the NBA has yet to release their leaguewide schedule, recent reports suggest those could be available as soon as next week. The Silver and Black will meet the Mavericks four times this season, and it should be interesting to see how many national games they will receive after landing the next face of their franchise with the number one overall pick of the 2023 NBA Draft.