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Utah Jazz games of note

Published: Saturday, Aug. 1 2015 3:22 p.m. MDT

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Oct. 27 at Denver: Jazz tip off 2010-11 season at Pepsi Center, just like last year. They only hope the result isn't a repeat (Denver won 114-105).

Oct. 28 vs. Phoenix: Home-opener comes against one of three teams Utah swept in the preseason. Like last year's key regular-season finale against the Suns, Carlos Boozer will not be available for the Jazz.

Nov. 9 at Miami: Jazz will get their first crack at trying to topple the Heat's trio. And, yes, we're referring to Carlos Arroyo, Mario Chalmers and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

Nov. 15 vs. Oklahoma City: Jazz host division rival Thunder in a possible trap game. It's sandwiched between Utah's tough four-games-in-five-nights Eastern swing and a showdown with the New Jersey Nets.

Nov. 26 vs. L.A. Lakers: Defending champions make one of two regular-season visits to ESA in what's known as the Why Does Utah Boo Derek Fisher? Tour.

Dec. 8 vs. Miami: Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and the Ohio outcast visit for their only time in a possible NBA Finals matchup.

Dec. 22 at Minnesota: Just in time for Christmas, the Twin Cities will get to see how their early gift to the Jazz — Al Jefferson — is faring with a good team.

Jan. 1 vs. Memphis: The BCS-busting Jazz will take on Memphis in this New Year's Day game that might be renamed The Lower Bowl at Larry H. Miller Court Sponsored by EnergySolutions.

Feb. 9 vs. Chicago: Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer and Carlos Boozer return to Utah for first time with the Chicago Jazz. It remains to be seen if Greg Ostertag, Bryon Russell and Karl Malone join Utah East by then.

Feb. 25 at Indiana: The Hoosier State will have the chance to welcome home one of its hoops heroes. Ex-Pacer Earl Watson? Try the pride and joy of Butler, Gordon Hayward.

March 24/26 vs. New Orleans/Dallas: Deron Williams gets peppered with questions about his eternal comparison companion Chris Paul and childhood-hero Jason Kidd in consecutive home games.

April 13 vs. Denver: Still riding wave of momentum from 8-0 preseason, Jazz look to cap off first-ever 82-0 regular season in finale against Nuggets.

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