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NBA Schedule 2018-19: Every important date for the Wizards this season

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The NBA unveiled the full league schedule on Friday afternoon, and once again, it includes 82 games for the Washington Wizards. However, unlike past years, they will only play 40 home games this season since they will be “hosting” the Knicks in the NBA London Game this January.

Here’s what else you need to know about the schedule for the upcoming season:

When will the Wizards be on national TV?

  • Friday, November 2 vs. Thunder (8 pm, ESPN)
  • Friday, January 4 at Heat (8 pm, ESPN)
  • Thursday, January 24 vs. Warriors (8 pm, TNT)
  • Wednesday, January 30 vs. Pacers (8 pm, ESPN)
  • Wednesday, February 6 at Bucks (7 pm, ESPN)
  • Friday, March 1 at Celtics (8 pm, ESPN)
  • Tuesday, March 26 at Lakers (7:30 pm, TNT)
  • Tuesday, April 9 vs. Celtics (7 pm, TNT)

How many back-to-backs will the Wizards have this season?

15, slightly above the league average.

When do Marcin Gortat and Mike Scott return to Washington?

November 20.

Do the Wizards play on any holidays this season?

They will host the Pistons at 2 pm on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but that’s it. No Thanksgiving, No Christmas, no St. Patrick’s Day. They don’t even get an April Fool’s Day game.

Will the Wizards play at the same time as the Redskins at any point this season?

The Wizards face the Knicks on December 3 at 7:30 pm, less than an hour before the Redskins face the Eagles on Monday Night Foootball at 8:15 pm.

Also, there’s a chance the Redskins’ Week 16 game against the Titans, which could fall on either December 22 or 23, could conflict with the Wizards’ 7 pm tip against the Suns on December 22.

When is Washington’s longest road trip this season?

The Wizards’ longest road trip will be near the start of the season. After opening with two home games against the Heat and Raptors, they’ll play five straight on the road against the Blazers, Warriors, Kings, Clippers, and Grizzlies to close out October.

When is Washington’s longest home stand?

Washington technically has one six-game home stand, from January 9-24, but that includes their game in London, so we won’t count that. They have two five-game home stands. The first one is November 12-20, when they’ll host the Magic, Cavaliers, Nets, Blazers, and Clippers. Then, they’ll host another one March 11-18, when they host the Kings, Magic, Hornets, Grizzlies, and Jazz.

When do they face the Celtics?

  • December 12 in Washington
  • March 1 in Boston
  • April 9 in Washington

When do they face the Raptors?

  • October 20 in Washington
  • November 23 in Toronto
  • January 13 in Washington
  • February 13 in Toronto as the final game before the All-Star break

What’s the toughest stretch on the schedule?

You could argue it’s the first four games of the season. They host the Heat and Raptors, then head on the road to face the Blazers and Warriors.

Otherwise, look to the start of 2019. From January 4-13, the Wizards will play at Miami, at Oklahoma City, play a home-and-home with Philadelphia, host the Bucks, and then host the Raptors.

You can view the full schedule here.