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NBA schedule: Regular season slate tips off with Mavericks in L.A.

While the Mavericks open the season against the Lakers, the Thunder square off against the Spurs and the new-look Lakers take the floor.

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Preseason records are reset, final roster moves are made, and the 2012-13 NBA season is set to tip off on Tuesday.

The Dallas Mavericks are featured on the NBA's opening night Tuesday, playing the back-end of a doubleheader on TNT against the Los Angeles Lakers. Steve Nash and Dwight Howard join Kobe Bryant to square off against the Dirk-Nowitzki-less Mavs. The game TNT features before Dallas will show the Miami Heat begin its title defense by hosting the Boston Celtics, as new Heat player Ray Allen plays his former team right away.

Dallas plays again on Wednesday on the road against the Utah Jazz, who has added Mo Williams, Marvin Williams, and Randy Foye to its young core.

Thurs., Nov. 1 features just two games, but both have great appeal. The New York Knicks take on the Brooklyn Nets in a now in-city rivalry as the Barclays Center officially opens for business. Also on that night, the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to play the San Antonio Spurs in a matchup of two teams expected to vie for the Western Conference title.

Here is the slate of games for the Southwest Division. All times Central. Find the full slate of the NBA's opening week at SI.com.

Tues., Oct. 30
Dallas Mavericks at L.A. Lakers - 9:30 p.m., TNT

Wed., Oct. 31
Houston Rockets at Detroit Pistons - 6:30 p.m.
San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Hornets - 7:00 p.m.
Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz - 8:00 p.m.
Memphis Grizzlies at L.A. Clippers - 9:30 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 1
Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs - 8:30 p.m., TNT

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.