For the first time in three years the Utah Jazz will begin a season at home.
The NBA's 1988-89 schedule, released Tuesday, has the Jazz hosting the Seattle SuperSonics Nov. 4. The Jazz play nine of their first 13 games at home.Utah's professional basketball franchise has a couple of milestones in this season's package - its first appearance on CBS-TV during the regular season and trips to the two new expansion franchises, Miami and Charlotte.
Utah will host the defending-champion Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day, in the afternoon CBS-TV game. It is the only Sunday home game for the Jazz next season, said Jazz spokesman Bill Kreifeldt.
The Jazz are also scheduled for four games on cable station WTBS - the Lakers, Dec. 2; Denver, Feb. 24; Portland, March 15; and Dallas, April 21. All are road games with the exception of the Portland contest.
Kreifeldt said to accommodate the eight games with Miami and Charlotte, "the Jazz play each Pacific Division team one less time," or four games instead of five.
The Jazz, who won a franchise record 47 games last season, conclude the regular season April 22 against the Golden State Warriors, also in the Salt Palace.
Utah's longest home stretch is seven games, surrounding the Feb. 12 NBA All-Star game. The Jazz host Miami, Dallas, Denver, Boston, San Antonio, Phoenix and the Lakers during that string, from Feb. 7 through Feb. 22. They have two six-game road trips, both for nine days.
The most popular night at home is Wednesday nights, with 11 games in the Salt Palace. The Jazz have nine home games on Friday nights, five each on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and the one Sunday game.
And the busiest month for Utah is December, with 16 games - but only six of those at home.