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Wizards 2019-20 season schedule to be released on August 12

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The Wizards will probably not have many games on national television. But internationally, it could be a different story.

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Rui Hachimura of the Washington Wizards Photo Shoot
The Wizards may not get much love in the U.S., but with Rui Hachimura, they are likely getting a boost in Japan.
Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

The NBA announced on Thursday that the 2019-20 season schedule will be released on Monday, August 12 at 3 p.m. ET. At that time, we will see how many Washington Wizards games will be on ESPN, TNT, ABC and NBA TV.

Multiple reports claim that the first regular season games will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 22. This sounds about right because the NBA regular season generally begins about a week before Halloween.

Last season, the Wizards played nine games on national television, down from 18 in the 2017-18 season. This season, there will probably be fewer chances to see them on ESPN or TNT. After all, various sports gambling entities project the Wizards to win 27.5 to 28.5 games this season. In other words, the Wizards are expected to be one of the worst teams in the NBA from a wins and losses perspective.

In Japan, the Wizards will be a bigger hit, however. Rui Hachimura has a larger profile there than in D.C. Rakuten is the NBA’s partner for live games in Japan. The Wizards should expect to be one of the more popular teams among Japanese NBA fans with the former Gonzaga star and Toyama native now in the nation’s capital.