It’s not often that a spotlight hangs over the Utah Jazz on Christmas Day.
Yes, even in the case of the oft-overlooked Utah Jazz, it appears that setting the NBA’s best regular-season record (52-20) is indeed enough to win a game on Christmas Day the following season.
Alleluia. It’s always late.
While he’s made the playoffs in all but eight of the last 38 seasons, it will only mark Jazz’s eighth appearance in December 25 history and the only one in this century. Magnifying the frequent snobs, it’s worth noting that the franchise is at 5-2 all-time in its Christmas Day contests.
The remaining cases occurred in 1975, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1988, 1997 and 2018 (see highlights below). Now note that two of those years were before the New Orleans squad moved. And another happened during the Salt Lake City introductory campaign.
Four games to precede the Utah Jazz end-of-Christmas show
On Tuesday, the NBA announced the Christmas Day roster. It features five games and a slew of superstars, with the Utah Jazz welcoming Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks to town for a showdown at 8:30 p.m. MT on ESPN.
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First, however, at 10 a.m. on ESPN, the New York Knicks announce the day’s festivities against the Atlanta Hawks in the Big Apple.
Then at 12:30 p.m. on ABC, the Boston Celtics will face the Milwaukee Bucks on the defending champions’ floor before the 3 p.m. battle on ABC between the Phoenix Suns and the Golden State Warriors in Arizona.
As for evening affairs, the Jazz-Mavericks clash will follow the Brooklyn Nets’ 6 p.m. release date against the Los Angeles Lakers, which will air on ESPN and ABC.
According to NBA.com, the entire 2021-22 calendar is released on Friday.