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Breaking down the 2012-13 Jazz schedule

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SALT LAKE CITY - The NBA has released the schedule for the 2012-13 season and in turn the Jazz now know the road they must take to get back into the playoffs. Here are some of the points of interest for the upcoming season.

First and foremost the Jazz will open up the season at home on Halloween against the Mavericks. It will be Wednesday Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. The bookend will be Wednesday April 17 as the closing game of the season in Memphis against the Grizzlies, which could be two teams fighting for a final spot or seeding in the playoffs after a full 82-game schedule.


They will play every team at least twice and every Western Conference team four times except the Lakers, Spurs, Mavs and Warriors, who they will play three times.

Without going into game-by-game here is a look at the months and significant teams through the season. Specific note will be placed on home games, in case tickets need to be bought. Big road games will be looked at quickly.

The Jazz will open November with eight road games in 10 games. They will welcome the Lakers Nov. 7 as the first home game of the month.

There will only be five home games in November and two will bring sensations to town. The first will be Jeremy Lin bringing "Lin-Sanity" with his new team the Rockets on the 19th. The second will be the return of the Kings and Jimmer Fredette, who they will play a home-and-home against on Nov. 23 and 24.

The Jazz will travel to play the Spurs, Celtics, Thunder and Hornets twice among their other road games of the month.

December will start with a reprieve at home, the Jazz will play five home games in the first eight in December. The Clippers will come to town on Dec. 3, which should be of interest not only for star-power, but also for Mo Williams and Randy Foye to play against their former teams.

The Jazz will host the Spurs on Dec. 12. They will travel to Brooklyn for the first time to play Deron Williams and the newly located Nets on Dec. 18. They will have no Christmas game, but will host the Warriors the day after.

The Jazz will travel to L.A. twice to play the Lakers and the Clippers. They will play twice in a row in Florida as they play the Heat and Magic back-to-back leading into Christmas.

The Timberwolves will welcome the new year for the Jazz, actually it will be the day after when they visit Energy Solutions Arena. The Jazz will play eight home games in January. They will host the World Champion Heat on Jan. 14. The first-overall pick of last year's draft, Anthony Davis, will come to Utah on Jan. 30 as the Hornets make their first trip. They will play their final game against the Lakers on Jan. 25 in L.A.

February and March will have the former 
cornerstones, Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer, 
returning to Utah.
February and March will have the former cornerstones, Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer, returning to Utah.

The Lakers, Suns and Nuggets will host the Jazz in road games that could shape the Jazz's playoff fate.

February opens with a home game against Portland on the first, followed by a trip to Portland on the second. Sacramento and Jimmer will make their second trip to Utah on Feb. 4. While most of the "Jazz-East" Bulls have moved on Carlos Boozer will return on Feb. 8.

Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder will come to Utah on Feb. 12. The All-Star Break will happen in the following week. Then to close the month Marvin Williams will welcome his former team, the Atlanta Hawks, and Devin Harris will come back to Utah.

Their four road games are at Portland, Sacramento, Minnesota and the Clippers.

March will bring the bottom-dwelling Bobcats to Utah the first of the month. March might be a little boring for storylines in between the beginning and the end of the month, but the Jazz close the month by welcoming D-Will back to Utah for the second time since the big trade.

They will travel to Chicago, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Dallas and Portland in games of note for March.

The regular season will close in April and the Jazz will play five home games and three road games in the closing stretch. They will play Portland, Denver, New Orleans, Oklahoma City and Minnesota at home. They will play a home-and-home with the Timberwolves the second and third to last games of the season.

There is a quick look at what the Jazz are up against. They will have three four-game road trips, compared to two four-game home stands. Of the 42 road games 19 happen before the new year, so the Jazz might start a little sluggish. February and April could get them back up in the standings with 13 home games out of 20 total.

Utah Jazz 2012-13 schedule

DateOpponentTime (all times Mountain)
Oct. 31Dallas7:00
Nov. 2at New Orleans6:00
Nov. 3at San Antonio6:30
Nov. 5at Memphis6:00
Nov. 7Los Angeles7:00
Nov. 9at Denver8:30
Nov. 10Phoenix7:00
Nov. 12at Toronto5:00
Nov. 14at Boston5:30
Nov. 16at Philadelphia5:00
Nov. 17at Washington5:00
Nov. 19Houston7:00
Nov. 23Sacramento7:00
Nov. 24at Sacramento8:00
Nov. 26Denver7:00
Nov. 28at New Orleans6:00
Nov. 30at Oklahoma City6:00
Dec. 1at Houston6:00
Dec. 3Los Angeles7:00
Dec. 5Orlando7:00
Dec. 7Toronto7:00
Dec. 9at Los Angeles7:30
Dec. 12San Antonio8:30
Dec. 14at Phoenix7:00
Dec. 15Memphis7:00
Dec. 18at Brooklyn5:30
Dec. 19at Indiana5:00
Dec. 22at Miami5:30
Dec. 23at Orlando4:00
Dec. 26Golden State7:00
Dec. 28Los Angeles7:00
Dec. 30at Los Angeles7:30
Jan. 2Minnesota7:00
Jan. 4at Phoenix7:00
Jan. 5at Denver7:00
Jan. 7Dallas7:00
Jan. 9at Charlotte5:00
Jan. 11at Atlanta5:30
Jan. 12at Detroit5:30
Jan. 14Miami7:00
Jan. 19Cleveland7:00
Jan. 23Washington7:00
Jan. 25at Los Angeles8:30
Jan. 26Indiana7:30
Jan. 28Houston7:00
Jan. 30New Orleans7:00
Feb. 1Portland7:00
Feb. 2at Portland8:00
Feb. 4Sacramento7:00
Feb. 6Milwaukee7:00
Feb. 8Chicago8:30
Feb. 9at Sacramento8:00
Feb. 12Oklahoma City7:00
Feb. 13at Minnesota6:00
Feb. 19Golden State7:00
Feb. 23at Los Angeles8:30
Feb. 25Boston7:00
Feb. 27Atlanta7:00
Mar. 1Charlotte7:00
Mar. 4at Milwaukee6:00
Mar. 6at Cleveland5:00
Mar. 8at Chicago6:00
Mar. 9at NY Knicks5:30
Mar. 11Detroit7:00
Mar. 13at Oklahoma City7:00
Mar. 16Memphis8:00
Mar. 18NY Knicks8:30
Mar. 20at Houston6:00

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