The Utah Jazz announced the team’s 2018-19 schedule as the NBA unrolled league-wide schedules Friday.

The Jazz tip off the season on the road Oct. 17 against the Sacramento Kings. Utah’s home opener comes Oct. 19 against defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in a game that airs on ESPN.

Per usual NBA scheduling, the Jazz will play all Eastern Conference teams twice and all Western Conference teams four times, with the exception of four Western Conference teams they face only three times. Those teams are the Warriors, the New Orleans Pelicans, the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Jazz are slated to appear 17 times on national TV, including eight ESPN games, three TNT games and six broadcasts on NBA TV.

Per a release from the team, other games of note include hosting the Boston Celtics on Dec. 6 in a game on ESPN, hosting the Houston Rockets in a Dec. 6 game on TNT, a home game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Christmas Day, and visits from LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 11 and March 27, both on ESPN.

The regular season will conclude on April 10 in Los Angeles against the Clippers.

Utah will play 14 back-to-backs. The longest road trip is five games from Nov. 12-19 and the longest homestand is four games from Feb. 1-9, according to the release from the team.

LeBron returns to Cleveland on Nov. 21

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The NBA released its complete regular season schedule Friday, two days after announcing the league’s national TV schedule.

The regular season tips off Oct. 16 with Philadelphia visiting Boston and Oklahoma City at Golden State. The season concludes April 10.

Defending champion Golden State will play Houston for the first time since their Western Conference final went seven games on Nov. 15, while Toronto visits San Antonio on Jan. 3 in the first game between the teams since their big deal swapping DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard.

Utah and Orlando will play in Mexico City on Dec. 15, while the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards will play the NBA’s ninth regular-season game in London on Jan. 17.

The league is starting the season earlier in its push to limit the number of back-to-back games with teams averaging just 13.3 back-to-backs, a drop of 31 percent from 2014-15 when the average was 19.3 per team. No team will play four games in five days for a second straight season and for the first time ever no team will play eight games in a 12-day span.

Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net, follow him on Twitter @bhein3 and at facebook.com/brettheinwrites.

Brett Hein is the sports editor and covers Weber State sports for the Standard-Examiner.

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