SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Utah Jazz fans will be getting a special Christmas present this year.
The Jazz will host the Portland Trail Blazers on December 25th at Vivint Smart Home Arena in their first Christmas Day home game since 1997, when they defeated the Houston Rockets, 107-103.
The game will tip off at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
This will be the seventh time the Jazz have competed on Christmas Day and the first time in 21 years, previously playing against Houston in 1975, San Antonio in 1977, Denver in 1979, Phoenix in 1982, the Los Angeles Lakers in 1988 and again against Houston in 1997.
In the Jazz’s last Christmas Day appearance, John Stockton led Utah in scoring with 24 points, while Karl Malone and Jeff Hornacek added 20 points apiece in a 107-103 win against the Charles Barkley and Clyde Drexler-led Rockets. Utah owns a 4-2 overall record on Dec. 25, having won their last two appearances.
The NBA also revealed its opening night schedule, and the Jazz will host the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors on October 19th at 8:30 p.m.
So far, three of the Jazz’s 82 regular-season games have been revealed. On Tuesday, the NBA announced the Jazz would travel to Mexico City to play the Orlando Magic on December 15.
The full NBA schedule is expected to be released later this month.