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Wizards 2019-20 schedule: Notable stretches and matchups, including Isaiah Thomas' return to Boston

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The NBA released the 2019-20 regular-season schedule at 3 p.m. on Monday, with the Wizards opening up on the road against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

After a three-game road trip to begin the season, the Wizards host the Houston Rockets at Capital One Arena for the home opener on Oct. 30

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Here are the easiest stretches, hardest stretches, and notable matchups from the Wizards 2019-20 season.

EASIEST STRETCHES:

-For a team that lost 50 games a season ago, it's difficult to find a stretch of games where the Wizards could pack together multiple W's in a row. But to close the calendar year, the Wizards have a five-game stretch that features two games against the Knicks, a road clash with the Pistons, and home contests with both the Magic and Heat. This could be the Wizards best chance to put together a three-game winning streak all season.

-Right before the All-Star break, the Wizards have three consecutive home games against the Mavericks, Grizzlies, and Bulls before traveling to Madison Square Garden to close out the first half of the season against the Knicks. Facing four teams that missed the playoffs a year ago could give the Wizards a solid opportunity to enter the break on a high note.

HARDEST STRETCHES:

-- The Wizards start off the season on the road, facing three Western Conference teams to open up the season. After their clash with the Mavericks, they face Oklahoma City and San Antonio on Oct. 25 and 26 for their first back-to-back of the season. Washington opens the season with seven of their first 11 contests on the road.

 

-- Washington will play 13 back-to-backs this season, which is down from 14 a season ago. Four of those will come in March, with the last pair facing the Milwaukee Bucks on the road before hosting the Los Angeles Lakers. That is rough. 

-- The Wizards close out November and begin December with a four-game west coast road trip. In a span of six days, they'll play the Nuggets, Suns, Clippers, and Lakers, three of which are projected to be championship-contending teams. Yikes.

NOTABLE MATCHUPS:

-- Isaiah Thomas returns to Boston on Tuesday, November 13. He returned to Boston for the first time as an opposing player when the Denver Nuggets traveled to the TD Garden last season, but couldn't muster a point in under seven minutes of action.

-- Perhaps no teams will look more different from a year ago than the two teams from Hollywood. The Wizards get their first taste of the new-look Clippers and Lakers early on in the season when they play them consecutively in Los Angeles on Nov. 29 and Dec. 1, respectively.

-- The Wizards open up their home slate with a clash with the Houston Rockets on Oct. 30. Only a trio of teams will face the new Russell Westbrook-James Harden backcourt before the Wizards take the court against them.

-- The Wizards lone National TV game is against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 8. The game will be shown on ESPN. 

-- Washington will get their first look at the defending champion Toronto Raptors on Dec. 20 when the Wizards travel north of the border.

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