Jazz going to Mexico, and early season projections

The Utah Jazz are going to be playing a regular season game in Mexico this season against the Orlando Magic. The Jazz announced today that they’ll play a December 15th road game in Mexico City, but won’t lose one of their 41 home games, as the Magic will return to play the second game of the series in Salt Lake City. The draw of Donovan Mitchell has to be a main reason for the Jazz playing an international game.

Two different outlets released predictions for final records this season in the past week. ESPN predicted the Jazz could win 53 games, which would be good for the second best record in the West. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook predicted the Jazz would finish with 48 wins, tied with the Lakers for the 4th best record. If that is the case, the Jazz would be looking at a first round match up with LeBron James. I wrote about the different implications for the Jazz at KSL yesterday.

The NBA usually announces their international games first, followed by Christmas Day games, before releasing the league’s final schedule, which fans should expect by the end of the week.

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