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Heat, Lakers, Spurs tickets get packaged

If you want to see the Dallas Mavericks play the Miami Heat (Nov. 27), Los Angeles Lakers (Jan. 19, March 12) or San Antonio Spurs (Dec. 30, March 18) at the American Airlines Center, tickets for those three teams go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

However, be prepared to purchase tickets to two other games as well. The Mavs have made tickets to those three high-demand teams (five games) available only in three-game packages (in other words, you can't just buy a ticket to see the Heat, Lakers or Spurs). Presumably, the Mavs have opted for this route to protect the organization's 358-game regular-season home sellout streak, dating eight full seasons, the longest running streak in the league. Things got dicey at points last season, but the streak does live on into the 2010-11 season.

How do the ticket packages work?: The games that can be included in one Heat, Spurs and Lakers Rivalry Pack are (pick two) include all four preseason games and a majority of the other regular-season games prior to the New Year. This includes the regular-season opener against Charlotte (Oct. 27), Denver (Nov. 6), Chicago (Nov. 19), Houston (Nov. 29), Milwaukee (Dec. 13) and Portland (Dec. 15).

How much does it cost?: Give the Mavs some credit here, they're trying to keep prices reasonable. The three-game Rivalry Packs start out as low as $75 per seat (one ticket to each of the three games), meaning tickets start out as low as $25 per ticket, per game. Of course, the better the seat, the higher price. Each package also includes a game-specific, limited-edition "Beat the Heat," "Beat the Spurs" or "Beat L.A." T-shirt.

Where do I buy them?: Ticket packages will only be available online at mavs.com/rivals.

Single-game tickets for the remaining 36 regular-season home games will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Oct. 2. These tickets will be available online at mavs.com, by phone at 214-747-MAVS (6287), at the American Airlines Center box office and through all Ticketmaster outlets.