Christmas is a busy and high-profile day for the NBA, and the Utah Jazz are back on the schedule for that date.
Multiple outlets reported Tuesday morning that the Jazz will square off against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Christmas as part of a full slate of games. The announcement was made official Tuesday afternoon.
The game will be played at Vivint Arena, with the start time slated for 8:30 p.m. MST. It will air on ESPN.
The Christmas nightcap, per sources: Luka Doncic’s Mavericks face Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and the Jazz in Salt Lake City. https://t.co/OG8nnC3fxd— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) August 17, 2021
Suns at Bucks and Nets at Lakers were popular Christmas Day prediction choices.— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 17, 2021
Hawks at Knicks and Mavericks at Jazz have leaked out early. https://t.co/bWIhNzGWWQ
The Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks will also play on Christmas, as will the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers. Two other games — the Milwaukee Bucks vs. the Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns vs. the Golden State Warriors — will also take place.
The Jazz last played on Christmas in 2018, beating Portland at home, 117-96. That marked the first time since 1997 that Utah had played on Christmas.
The contest against the Mavericks will mark an Olympic Games rematch between Jazz wing Joe Ingles and Dallas star Luka Doncic. Ingles and the Boomers beat Doncic and Slovenia to win the bronze medal.
The remainder of the Jazz’s schedule for next season will be released on Friday.