The Wizards' 2019-20 regular season schedule is out. Here is a by-the-numbers breakdown of the Wizards' road ahead...
The Wizards have 13 back-to-back sets. Their first is very early, with their second and third games of the season against the Thunder and Spurs. Their heaviest month for back-to-backs is March when they will play four of them. That includes a brutal set at Milwaukee and then at home against the Lakers. The Wizards played 15 back-to-backs last season, but their 13 are still above the league average (12.4).
They only have one national TV game on a major network. They will see the Cavaliers on Nov. 8 at home in a game that will be broadcast by ESPN. The Wizards could technically be flexed into more national TV games as the season goes on, but it shows where they stand in the league at the moment when it comes to national interest.
The Wizards' longest road trip of the season is four games. They will do that four times with perhaps the most difficult one coming in late November and early December. From Nov. 26 to Dec. 1, they will play at the Nuggets, Suns, Lakers and Clippers. Denver and the two L.A. teams could be the top three seeds in the West this year.
Their longest homestand is six games. They will do that twice, once from Dec. 28 to Jan. 6 and again from Jan. 30 to Feb. 11. The more difficult of the two is probably the first one, as they will see the Blazers, Nuggets and Celtics in a three-game span.
7 of 11
The Wizards will kick off their season with seven of their first 11 games on the road. That includes their first three games, which are against tough opponents (Mavs, Thunder, Spurs). They will then return home for a difficult opener at Capital One Arena against the Rockets. The Wizards were the fifth-worst road team last season.
John Wall had surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles on Feb. 12. If he misses a full calendar year (the recovery timeline is 11-15 months) he would return in time to have 18 games left on the Wizards' schedule. Though it seems likely he misses all of next season, the timeline could work in the Wizards' favor if they want to bring him back towards the end of 2019-20.
The Wizards will not see Zion Williamson, the 2019 first overall pick, until their 75th game of the season. That is a long time for Wizards fans to wait to see the Duke prodigy. By then, he will only be a rookie in name as he will have nearly a full season under his belt.
The Wizards will travel nearly 40,000 miles on road trips this season, according to the team. They will travel about 36,032 miles to play Eastern Conference opponents alone.
There are four teams in the East the Wizards will play only three times instead of four. Those teams are the Raptors, Pacers, Nets and Cavs. So, the Wizards won't get a break against the top teams like the Bucks and Sixers.
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