The 2013-14 schedule was just released, and in a mere 85 days we will have Jazz basketball back in our lives.
It’s only August, but for me the 13-14 season already has a different feel to it. The youth movement is in full-force and I’m very excited to see how our young guys come together.
- The Jazz will open the season at home on Wednesday October 30 against Oklahoma City. Rookie point guard Trey Burke will be put to the test right away matching up with arguably the most athletic guard in the league, Russell Westbrook. Westbrook is expected to be fully recovered from tearing his meniscus in the playoffs and paired with Kevin Durant will again push for supremacy in the Western Conference. This should be a fun game for a Jazz fan.
- Right out of the gates the Jazz will be challenged playing seven games (five road) in 11 days.
- After playing Phoenix in the first road game of the year, the Jazz will come home to play the Dwight Howard-led Houston Rockets on November 2
The Jazz have three road trips of four-plus games this season
- Early in the season they have a four-game trip at Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago and Toronto (The Jazz have one stretch of four games in five nights and it’s this road trip)
- The traditional pre-Christmas road-trip will be a five-gamer at Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, Charlotte and Memphis
- At the end of February/beginning of March the Jazz venture out on its longest road trip since 2003. They play six consecutive games on the road at Cleveland, Indiana, Milwaukee, Washington, New York and Philadelphia
- The Jazz schedule features 20 back-to-back sets (eight away/home, seven away/away and five home/away)
Utah will appear on national television five times this season, including three ESPN broadcasts (January 15 at San Antonio, January 31 vs. Golden State, March 26 vs. Memphis) and two NBA TV broadcasts (November 11 vs. Denver and November 25 vs. Chicago)
For the most part the Jazz’s schedule is pretty balanced as they will play 19 home games and 22 road games during the first half of the season. The second half of the year they play 22 home games and 19 road games.
- The Jazz play each team in the Eastern Conference twice (one home/one road) and will play each Western team four times (two home/two road) with the exception of four West teams
- Utah plays Memphis (1 home/2 road), Houston (2 home/1 road), Sacramento (2 home/1 road) and L.A. Clippers (1 home/2 road) only three times
- The Jazz don’t play on any major holidays this season but do play the day after Thanksgiving (sort of a holiday)
Teams only making it to Salt Lake City once this season:
- Carlos Boozer and Derrick Rose (hopefully) will lead their Bulls to Utah on Monday November 25th
- Paul George and the Pacers visit EnergySolutions Arena on Wednesday December 4th
- The defending champion Miami Heat’s lone visit to SLC will be on Saturday February 8th
- The Brooklyn Nets visit on February 15th
- The L.A. Clippers are in SLC on Friday March 14th
- The New York Knicks visit the Jazz on Monday March 31st
- October/November – 18 games (eight home, 10 road)
- December – 16 games (seven home, nine road)
- January – 12 games (eight home, four road)
- February – 12 games (seven home, five road)
- March – 17 games (seven home, 10 road)
- April – 7 games (four home, three road)
- Sunday – 5 games (all road)
- Monday – 18 games (14 home, four road)
- Tuesday – 5 games (three home, two road)
- Wednesday – 16 games (eight home, eight road)
- Thursday – 1 game (home)
- Friday – 21 games – (8 home, 13 road)
- Saturday – 16 games (seven home, 9 road)
Jazz fans wanting a look at former Jazz players
- December 30 – Al Jefferson and the Charlotte Bobcats come to town
- February 19 – The Brooklyn Nets will feature Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko this season
- March 10 – Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Korver have joined forces on the Atlanta Hawks
- The schedule is more home-heavy towards the end of the season and if the Jazz are fighting for a playoff spot, this is where they need to make hay
- They play eight of their final 13 games at home
- Only one back-to back in the last month of the season
We’re 85 days out but now that the schedule is set, fans can get excited and start game planning for the upcoming season!