SALT LAKE CITY — Let the games begin. Well, let them begin in October.
On Monday, the NBA announced the complete NBA schedule with the Jazz starting things off on Oct. 23 at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Here are some of the highlights:
National TV games:
- Oct. 25: @ Los Angeles Lakers, ESPN
- Oct. 30: vs Los Angeles Clippers, ESPN
- Nov. 15: @ Memphis, ESPN
- Dec. 13: vs. Golden State, ESPN
- Dec. 26: vs. Portland, TNT
- Jan. 22: @ Golden State, ESPN
- Jan. 30: @ Denver, TNT
- Feb. 5: vs. Denver, ESPN
- Feb. 7: vs. Portland, ESPN
- Feb. 26: vs. Boston, ESPN
- Mar. 6: @ Boston, ESPN
- Mar. 18: @ Los Angeles Lakers, ESPN
- Mar. 24: vs. San Antonio, TNT
- April 2: @ Portland, TNT
- April 7: vs. Los Angeles Clippers, TNT
- April 14: vs. Denver, TNT
When do the former Jazz guys come back?
Derrick Favors (New Orleans)
After Favors played nine seasons with the Jazz, it might be an odd sight for many fans to see him in opposing colors. New Orleans will play in Utah twice this season — Nov. 23 and March 13.
Ricky Rubio (Phoenix)
Rubio had some memorable moments on the court in his short two seasons with the Jazz — his triple-double during the 2018 playoffs stands out the most. He was also well-liked for it. Expect cheers when he returns with Phoenix on Feb. 24.
Kyle Korver (Milwaukee)
Korver’s second stint with the Jazz was short, but he was already well-received in Salt Lake. Korver returns on Nov. 8 with the Bucks.
Raul Neto (Philadelphia)
Neto, the steady if unspectacular point guard, was one of the casualties of the changing roster. Neto will return with the 76ers (along with former Jazz point guard Trey Burke, too) on Nov. 6.
Gordon Hayward (Boston)
It’s been a couple of years now, but there is sure to be some animosity towards Hayward when Boston comes to town on Feb. 26.
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Will the LeBron losing streak continue?
LeBron James didn’t play in Salt Lake City last season, so his personal Utah losing streak still stands at seven. The Lakers will be in Utah on Dec. 4 and March 16.
Early season favorite battle?
Led by Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, the new-look Clippers make their first appearance to Salt Lake on Oct. 30 in an early-season battle against two of the perceived favorites.
The full schedule can be found here.