10 must-see games from the Wizards' 2017-18 regular season schedule
Ranking the best games of the Wizards' schedule
The 82-game grind is here for the Wizards and not all games are created equally. What are the ten games you just can't miss? Here's our list.
10. Oct. 27 at Los Angeles Lakers
In just their fourth game of the season, the Wizards will get an early look at No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball. Back in May, when asked by CSN's Chris Miller about the Big Baller Brand shoeline, John Wall quipped that Ball's father, LaVar, has "all the answers." Don't be surprised if Wall serves up a few 'welcome to the league, rookie' moments in their first head-to-head matchup. The game is also on ESPN, which will offer Wall a chance to show out at the Staples Center.
9. Nov. 3 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
The first meeting between the Wizards and Cavs, two titans of the Eastern Conference, this game will also be on ESPN. Remember what happened last year when the Wizards played the Cavs on national TV? One of those games was described immediately afterwards as an "instant classic" by head coach Scott Brooks. The other saw Wall drop a career-best 18 points in the first quarter.
8. March 13 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
This will be the only time the T'Wolves will visit Washington this season. One of the most aggressive teams this summer, Minnesota will come to town with Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague in store. They have a chance to make a major leap this season and should be fun to watch.
7. Feb. 27 at Milwaukee Bucks
Wizards-Bucks may be one of the most underrated rivalries in basketball, but there is definitely some real beef between them. Much of that is rooted in a game this past season when Giannis Antetokounmpo remained in a blowout game to set a career-high in points scored. That did not sit well with Wall and the Wizards. On Feb. 27 they will play at Milwaukee and on national TV. Expect some extra motivation from the Wizards.
6. Oct. 18 vs. Philadelphia 76ers
The first game of the regular season for both teams, the Wizards will host the Sixers on national TV. That game will be the first ever NBA appearance for No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and it happens to come in his hometown. He is from nearby Upper Marlboro, Md. It should be a special night for Fultz and the Sixers and it will give Wall and the Wizards a good chance to spoil the party.
5. April 3 at Houston Rockets
The one time the Wizards travel to Houston could be a massive game. It's the fifth-to-last game of the regular season and we know the Rockets will be super good with James Harden and Chris Paul. If the Wizards are battling for playoff position, this could be a very tough matchup at a crucial time.
4. Feb. 28 vs. Golden State Warriors
This is the one time the defending champs will come to Washington. Last year the Wizards beat the Warriors in D.C. in a game that Kevin Durant got injured. Any time the Dubs come to town, it's a spectacle. This game will also be on ESPN.
3. Jan. 25 at Oklahoma City Thunder
The Wizards don't play the Thunder until Jan. 25, but they will see them twice in a span of five days. The first meeting is a road game at OKC on national TV. The Wizards will see Russell Westbrook and Paul George, the latter of which was involved in trade rumors with the Wizards back in June and July.
2. April 5 at Cleveland Cavaliers
Another late season matchup, the Wizards will play the Cavs in their fourth-to-last game. They will go at Cleveland in a game that could have major playoff implications. It could be a playoff series preview, or it could feature a lot of stars resting, depending on how the standings have shaken out.
1. Dec. 25 at Boston Celtics
This is a pretty easy choice. The Wizards will play their rival Boston Celtics on Christmas Day, the NBA's most prominent regular season stage. It's at 5:30 p.m., right after people finish Christmas dinner, and it's on ABC. This will almost certainly be the most-watched game the Wizards play during the regular season. It also happens to be the first time the two teams meet this season following their brutal, seven-game playoff series this spring.