||08-10-2010 05:30 PM
Locke Breakdown of the Utah Jazz Schedule
I am fired up !!! The schedule is out and you can begin to feel the new season coming.
It looks like Wednesday’s are going to be fun this year. On Wednesday Jan 9th Carlos Boozer and the Former Jazz trio (Boozer, Korver and Brewer) return with the Chicago Bulls. On Wednesday Dec 8th the Miami Trio (LeBron, Wade and Bosh) make their one and only appearance at Energy Solutions Arena. On Wednesday November 24th Chris Paul and Deron Williams renew their one-sided rivalry. Plus there are Wedneday games against Houston and San Antonio plus Al Jefferson getting to see his old team on Wednesday.
Sign me up for the Wednesday night ticket plan right now.
The schedule will test the Jazz in the opening weeks something intense. Eight of the opening 10 games will be part of back to backs. Plus, 10 of the first 14 games are part of back to back sets. The Jazz play a total of 19 back to back sets this season.
The Jazz have no road trip longer than 4 games.
Surprisingly, the Jazz have a few gaps without games. In the middle of December they will get 4 days off. The Jazz will play just two games between Feb 12 and Feb 23rd. Deron Williams and CJ Miles will be pleased to see the Jazz open in Dallas the first game after the all-star break.
The month of January will be the Jazz most road heavy month. On the flip side the Jazz will play just 2 road games from November 14th to December 10th.
Jerry Sloan talks about how about somewhere between 10 to 20 games a year on decided on the day the schedule comes out. Where one team is completed rested and the other is exhausted. Without looking at every teams schedule it is hard to see the nights the Jazz will have an edge.
However, there are a few that look awfully tough on the Jazz. In November the Jazz will come home to play Oklahoma City on the 15th of November playing their 5 game in 5 cities in 8 days. January 25th the Jazz will play in LA after having completed a 4 games east coast trip with one night at home and no games at home to make it a 5 game road trip starting in Washington DC and ended in LA. Once again, Oklahoma City will be at Energy Solutions with a schedule advantage with the Jazz playing an 8:30 game in Denver the night before the Saturday Feb 5th match-up. Finally, March 24th the Jazz will play New Orleans at home in the 4th game in 5 nights having played the night before in Oklahoma City.
The best news of the schedule is the Feb 5th game is the Jazz only back to back all year off an 8:30 national TV game.
Finally from the silly prediction department, if the Jazz can survive the first 10 games of the year (7 on road and 7 v. playoff teams) then Jazz play 14 of their next 16 and 15 of their next 18 games at home. Only 7 of those 15 home games are against teams that made the playoff last year. A 20-8 start is not out of the question or even better.]
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