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Jazz open with OKC, and some schedule thoughts

The Utah Jazz announced Tuesday the schedule for the upcoming regular season. They open Oct. 30 at home against Oklahoma City.

For a young, rebuilding team, this isn't a particularly friendly schedule. Five of the first seven games are on the road, including four games in five nights against the Eastern Conference. The schedule features 20 back-to-backs. While the Jazz's longest road trip last season was four games, they have trips of four games, five games and six games this season.

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Here are some quick thoughts and superlatives:

Key month: November. With 11 of 16 games on the road, and a four-game Eastern Conference swing in five nights, the tone could be set for what may be a long season.

Longest road trip: Six games, Feb. 28 through March 8. At Cleveland, at Indiana, at Milwaukee, at Washington, at New York, at Philadelphia.

Longest home stand: Four games, Jan. 21 through Jan. 31. Minnesota, Washington, Sacramento, Golden State

Notable games:

Nov. 8 at Brooklyn • With Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko reunited, fans may be more familiar with the Nets than Jazz.

Nov. 29 vs. Phoenix • The Jazz play their second of three games in one month against the Suns and new coach Jeff Hornacek.

Dec. 27 vs. Los Angeles Lakers • After playing in Utah just once last year, the Lakers make two trips this year. The other is on April 14.

Jan. 17 at Detroit • Trey Burke returns to Michigan, where he led the Wolverines to the NCAA championship game.

Dec. 20 at Atlanta, Dec. 21 at Charlotte • On back-to-back, Jazz see Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson for first time since the big men left in free agency.

Feb. 8 vs. Miami • The defending champion Heat come to Salt Lake City one night after the Jazz play in Dallas.

April 16 at Minnesota • The final regular season game for the Jazz.

— Bill Oram



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