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Dallas Mavericks Tickets
Dallas Mavericks Tickets
There have been many highs and lows for the Dallas Mavericks in the team's existence. Dallas came into the NBA as an expansion franchise in 1980 and enjoyed early success. The Mavericks reached the playoffs six times between 1983 and 1990. A decline in the 1990s saw Dallas become one of the worst NBA teams in that decade. The Mavericks won just 24 games from 1992 to 1994 and missed the playoffs 10 straight seasons. Fortunes changed for Dallas when it drafted Dirk Nowitzki and acquired Steve Nash in a trade. The duo helped lead the Mavericks out of mediocrity and they reached the NBA finals for the first time in 2006. Nowitzki paired with Jason Kidd to help Dallas return to the finals in 2011. This time around, the Mavericks beat the Miami Heat to earn their first ever NBA championship.
American Airlines Center, Home to the Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks play at American Airlines Center. The capacity for the arena is 21,146. The Eagles opened the facility with a concert on July 28, 2001. The Mavericks have played here since the 2001-02 season. Three games apiece in the 2006 and 2011 NBA Finals between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat were played here. The NHL's Dallas Stars also call the facility home. Three games in the 2008 Western Conference Finals between the Stars and the Detroit Red Wings were played at the arena. The Big 12 Conference has contested its Men's Basketball Tournament here in 2003, 2004, and 2006.
Dallas Mavericks and the Western Conference
The Dallas Mavericks compete in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference against the San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, and Houston Rockets. Each year, the Mavericks face tough competition from in-division rival San Antonio, but the team also considers the Phoenix Suns an equal rival. Since 1987, the team has won three division titles, including two conference titles in 2006 and 2011. Although the team failed to win the division title in 2011, the Mavericks advanced to the NBA Finals and won its first championship in team history.
Dallas Mavericks 2012 Team Outlook
Winning the first NBA title in franchise history is a tough act for the Dallas Mavericks to follow coming into the 2011-2012 season. The Mavericks were not expected to finish on top with Dirk Nowitzki and an aging supporting cast led by Jason Kidd. Now that Dallas has broken the ice, though, there is no reason to suppose it cannot contend for another title. The Mavericks will once again count on Nowitzki to make big plays for them. A year ago, he led the team with 23.0 points per game. Kidd still showed flashes of all-star play with a team best 8.2 assists per game. A real difference maker was the presence of Tyson Chandler in the middle, who led the team with 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game. The window is closing, but Dallas could have one more title run left.