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The Dallas Mavericks' seven-game preseason schedule for 2015-16 will include meetings with both Eastern Conference finalists from last season and the Western finalist that ousted them from the playoffs in the first round.

The Mavericks will host the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, Oct. 16 in one of three home preseason games scheduled for AmericanAirlines Center. Three nights later, the Mavs will visit LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Dallas will visit Houston on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The Rockets eliminated the Mavericks in five games in the opening round last April.

Tyson Chandler, who just left the Mavericks for the second time, will make a quick return to AAC when he and the Phoenix Suns come to Dallas on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The Mavericks will open regular-season play at Phoenix on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The Mavericks' complete preseason schedule:

Tuesday, Oct. 6 vs. Denver Nuggets (AmericanAirlines Center) 8:30 p.,m. ET

Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Houston Rockets (Toyota Center) 8:00 p.m. ET

Tuesday, Oct. 13 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Tulsa, Okla.) 8:00 p.m. ET

Friday, Oct. 16 vs. Atlanta Hawks (AmericanAirlines Center) 8:30 p.m. ET

Monday, Oct. 19 at Cleveland Cavaliers (Quicken Loans Arena) 7:00 p.m. ET

Wednesday, Oct. 21 vs. Phoenix Suns (AmericanAirlines Center) 8:30 p.m. ET

Friday, Oct. 23 vs. Chicago Bulls (Lincoln, Neb.) 8:00 p.m. ET