Mark your calendars.
Record the dates.
The first half of the 2020-21 NBA calendar is finally here.
The Utah Jazz will open the new campaign on Dec. 23 on the road in Portland, kicking off a 37-game streak in 70 days.
Here are some notes and highlights from the first half of the season:
OPENING EVENING – December 23 in Portland
FIRST HOME MATCH – December 26 against Minnesota
THE LONGEST HOUSE – 6 games from January 19 to 29
LONGEST ROUTE – 7 games from January 3 to 13
NATIONAL TV GAMES – 9 (NBATV 5, TNT 2, ESPN 2)
BACK TO BACK – 6
TWO FOR ONE – While the NBA seeks to minimize travel where it can to keep teams safe and healthy, there will be several times this season that the Jazz face the same opponent in back-to-back games: New Orleans (19 and Jan. 20), Dallas (Jan. 27 and 29), at LA Clippers (Feb. 17 and 19).
MEETING OF THE qualifiers – The Denver Nuggets won’t visit Salt Lake during the first half of the campaign, but the Jazz will play twice in Mile High City (Jan.17 and Jan.31)
DEFENSE FIELDS – LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will head to Vivint Arena on February 24, the only time the Jazz will face the defending champions in the first half of the season.
The schedule for the second half of the season, covering March 11 to May 16, will be released closer to the mid-season.
The team previously announced three preseason games:
• December 12 against Phoenix Suns at Vivint Arena (7 p.m.)
• December 14 against Phoenix Suns at Vivint Arena (7 p.m.)
• December 17 at LA Clippers (8 p.m.)
THE FIRST SEMI-SAME TEAM CALENDAR CAN BE FOUND HERE
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