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By the numbers: the Washington Wizards' 2018-19 regular season schedule

By the numbers: the Washington Wizards' 2018-19 regular season schedule

The NBA released the full, 82-game regular season schedule on Friday for the Washington Wizards. Here is a breakdown of their schedule by the numbers...


That's how many back-to-backs the Wizards will play this season, a few ticks up from the league average of 13.3. They have four back-to-backs in the month of March alone and a brutal stretch in late December with three back-to-backs in a span of 12 days from the 18th to the 29th.

The Wizards play the Celtics and Sixers three times apiece this season instead of four. Given those are expected to be the top two teams in the conference, that means several things. For one, they will see the best teams one less time, which is arguably a good thing. Secondly, they can't finish with a 2-2 head-to-head record against either team. That will make tiebreakers for playoff seeding easier and even more important than they usually are.


The Wizards do not have any games on Christmas Day, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, three of the biggest holidays during the NBA season. Per tradition, they do play on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. They will host the Detroit Pistons at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21.


The Wizards will travel over 45,000 miles this season as they hop from city to city and make a stop in London for their game against the New York Knicks on Jan. 17. The circumference of planet Earth is 24,901 miles, meaning the Wizards will travel nearly twice the miles it would take to go around the world.


Because that game in London against the Knicks is a home game for the Wizards, they only have 40 games set for Capital One Arena. That means they will have one less game at their home arena than everyone else in the NBA. 


That 'home' game in London is part of the longest 'homestand' for the Wizards this season. They begin on Jan. 9 against the Sixers and finish with the Warriors on Jan. 24, a span of 16 days. They will also see the Bucks, Raptors and Pistons during that stretch. The Knicks are likely to be bad, but that is an otherwise difficult run of top teams.


The Wizards' longest road trip will last nine days, from Oct. 22 to Oct. 30. It starts with the third game of the season as the Wizards go to Portland to see the Blazers. They then play at the Warriors, Kings, Clippers and Grizzlies. Some of those teams may not be good this season, but any West Coast trip will be taxing on the body and mind for players.


John Wall and the Wizards will have 21 games against All-Star point guards. They will see every team, of course, but that includes four times against Kyle Lowry, Goran Dragic and Kemba Walker. 

The Wizards have eight national TV games this season, five on ESPN and three on TNT. They begin with the Thunder at home on Nov. 2 and end with the Celtics, also at home, on April 9. That's the final game of the regular season. The Wizards will also see the Warriors, Bucks, Pacers, Heat and Celtics one more time on national TV. Their eight games are way down from the 18 they had last year and that might work out well for them. Wall and the Wizards seem to operate well when they feel like they are being overlooked. Plus, more games on NBC Sports Washington is always a good thing.

Keely Diven contributed to this report

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What It Means: Wizards reportedly expected to make extension offer to Bradley Beal

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What It Means: Wizards reportedly expected to make extension offer to Bradley Beal

Despite the litany of teams who would love to get their hands on Bradley Beal this offseason, Washington has so far remained committed to keeping Bradley Beal a Wizard.

And when he's eligible in July, they plan to offer him a three-year, $111 million extension, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.  

"He's eligible for a three-year, $111 million extension," Wojnarowski said during ESPN's televised mock draft special. "I'm told it's the team's intention to offer that up to him and try and move forward."

Keeping Beal long-term may wind being a smart move, as NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig wrote this week. The extension would lock Beal up for the next five years and secure him and John Wall -- once he's fully recovered from offseason Achilles surgery -- as the Wizards' backcourt for the foreseeable future. 

The offer may seem financially burdensome, considering the Wizards just signed John Wall to a massive supermax extension that starts this season. But although the Wizards are currently strapped for cash, there's hope on the horizon. Ian Mahinmi's $15.6 million deal and Dwight Howard's $5.4 million deal expire after the 2019-2020 season.

The Wizards could decline Jabari Parkers $20 million team option and let Bobby Portis walk in restricted free agency this offseason. If both those happen, the Wizards could open up cap space for Beal's extension.

Considering John Wall is out for likely the entire next season and the Wizards still don't have a GM, their best move might be to lock in what proven production they have.


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How Al Horford opting out could affect Bradley Beal

How Al Horford opting out could affect Bradley Beal

NBA free agency madness has started early this year. Just hours after it was reported Tuesday that Al Horford would opt out of his current contract to negotiate a more cap-friendly one for the Celtics, he's had a charge of heart. 

If Horford leaves, would it make it more or less likely that the Celtics make the Wizards an offer for Bradley Beal? 

According to Sports Illustrated NBA Insider Chris Mannix, who appeared on NBC Sports Boston this week, made the possible case for Boston to pursue the two-time All-Star in a trade.

Ted Leonsis, the owner in Washington, loves Bradley Beal, but a new GM could walk in there and say look, I've got John Wall probably not playing next season. Bradley Beal has three years left on his contract. He is an enormously valuable trade asset. Can you get a Bradley Beal without throwing a Jayson Tatum in a trade? I don't know. But Bradley Beal is the next big star, I think, that could be available.

The Wizards are reportedly reluctant to part with Beal, but that doesn't mean there's a lack of buzz. In fact, they plan to offer him a three-year, $111 million extension when he's eligible in July, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Pelicans have shown sincere interest, according to NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig, and there is speculation surrounding the Knicks, yet the Wizards have stood pat.

When it comes to the NBA offseason, however, Kevin Garnett said it best: anything is possible. 

The Celtics have the assets to make a realistic offer. They own three first-round selections in the draft—14, 20 and 22—along with two blue-chip prospects in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

But much of it could hinge on Horford's decision.

The Celtics' most consistent player over the past three years, losing Horford would be a poor start to what looks like a possibly dreary offseason for the Celtics. If the Celtics strike out in free agency and Washington decides to move Beal, perhaps a trade would be Boston's big swing.