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NBA schedule 2012: Mavs start weekend with back-to-back

The Dallas Mavericks will play a back-to-back on the road against the Pacers and Cavaliers over the weekend.

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This season, the Dallas Mavericks have started slow away from home, putting up a 1-3 record so far when playing away from American Airlines Center, and they'll start the weekend with a tough task ahead of them in the form of a weekend back-to-back on the road. They'll start in Indiana on Friday and move to Cleveland on Saturday, looking to boost themselves up in the Southwest Division a bit.

The Mavs can gain a game on the Spurs if they win both weekend contests, with San Antonio playing only once over the weekend. Memphis, the Southwest's top team at the moment, will play a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday as well.

Here is the weekend's schedule for teams in the Southwest Division:

Friday, Nov. 16

Mavericks at Pacers, 6 p.m. CT, FSN Southwest

Knicks at Grizzlies, 8:30 p.m. CT, ESPN

Rockets at Trail Blazers, 9 p.m. CT, CSN Houston

Saturday, Nov. 17

Grizzlies at Bobcats, 6:30 p.m. CT, NBA League Pass

Mavericks at Cavaliers, 6:30 p.m. CT, FSN Southwest

Hornets at Bucks, 7:30 p.m. CT, FSN

Nuggets at Spurs, 7:30 p.m. CT, Altitude

Sunday, Nov. 18

Rockets at Lakers, 8:30 p.m. CT, CSN Houston

A full NBA schedule can be found at SI.com.

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