The news Tuesday morning that the Utah Jazz will play the Orlando Magic in Mexico City on Dec. 15 was seemingly an indicator that the Jazz are gaining interest around the league.
On Tuesday night, that indicator appeared to be strengthened in a big way as ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported that Utah and the Portland Trail Blazers will square off in one of five NBA games on Christmas Day this winter.
Haynes reported that the game will be played at Vivint Arena.
Portland Trail Blazers will face the Utah Jazz on the road in one of the five Christmas Day games, league sources tell ESPN.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 8, 2018
Earlier Tuesday, Marc Stein of The New York Times reported three of the other matchups for Christmas Day: the Boston vs. the Philadelphia 76ers, the Milwaukee Bucks vs. the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Golden State Warriors.
A vintage dose of Celtics/Sixers, Giannis and the Bucks at MSG against the Knicks and (you guessed it) LeBron’s Lakers in Oakland to face the Warriors are the highlights of the NBA’s Christmas Day schedule that will be announced Wednesday afternoon, league sources tell @NYTSports
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 8, 2018
The national TV schedule for Christmas Day, the first week of the regular season, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be released on Wednesday at noon MT.
The Jazz have played on Christmas Day six times in franchise history, with the last time having come in 1997. It was a rematch of the thrilling 1997 Western Conference Finals, and Utah beat the Houston Rockets 107-103.
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News