The last time the Wizards saw the Atlanta Hawks, their season literally was over. They won the regular-season finale to finish 41-41 but were out of the playoffs and their coach was fired within an hour later.
On Oct. 27, the Wizards, with a retooled roster that will have as many as seven new players and Scott Brooks as the coach, will open the 2016-17 season at the Hawks at 7:30 p.m. ET when the regular-season schedule was released Thursday.
The first two games are away from Verizon Center with the second one coming Oct. 30 at the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Wizards’ home opener comes Nov. 2 vs. the Toronto Raptors at 7. Of their 32 games in the calendar year, just 13 are on the road. They haven't had a game at home to open the season since 2011 because of availability at Verizon Center.
The Wizards will get their two meetings with the San Antonio Spurs out of the way quickly, with a home game Nov. 26 and a rematch there Dec. 2.
- Grand opening: There's an even split in the first 10 games. Half are home vs. the road.
- Back-to-backs: There are 16 with most of them (11) occurring in 2017. The first one happens Nov. 4 vs. Atlanta and the next night at the Orlando Magic. The second one comes Nov. 11 and 12 vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers and at the Chicago Bulls. Following a three-day rest, they’re at the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 16 and home vs. the N.Y. Knicks for Nov. 17.
- There’s no New Year’s Day game which has been standard the last few years at Verizon. Instead, the Wizards play Dec. 30 vs. the Brooklyn Nets and don’t play again until a two-game road trip, at the Houston Rockets on Jan. 2 and at the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 3.
- Longest home stand: It’ll be four games over seven days, but it doesn’t come until Jan. 31-Feb. 6 vs. the N.Y. Knicks, L.A. Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans and Cleveland Cavaliers.
- Longest road trip: That’s for five games over nine days, from March 25-April 2 at the Cavaliers, Lakers, L.A. Clippers, Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors.
- MLK Day. Last year the 2 p.m. start vs. the Portland Trail Blazers was at Verizon. This year it’s against the same team at the same time but just two days earlier on Jan. 16.
- Champion meet-ups: The first meeeting with Kevin Durant and his new squad, West conference champion Golden State, doesn't happen until Feb. 28 in D.C. They play them again April 2. The NBA champion Cavaliers come here Nov. 11 and they don't play again until Feb. 6. The only meeting in Cleveland is March 25.
- Grand closing: Ten of the Wizards’ last 14 games to end the regular season are on the road – two sets of back-to-backs-- and that includes the final two games at the Detroit Pistons (April 10) and Miami Heat (April 12) which could have major playoff implications.
Check out the complete schedule below.