Wizards to open season against Toronto


The Wizards’ long-awaited regular-season schedule is here, as NBA action will return two months from Friday. 

Washington will head to Toronto to face the Raptors for their season opener on Wednesday, Oct. 20. Two days later, they’ll have their home opener against the Pacers on Friday at Capital One Arena. 

The season opens with a tough stretch in October, as the Wizards will play the Raptors, Pacers, Nets, Celtics, Hawks and Celtics before heading into November. 

In December, just five of their 15 games will be played at Capital One Arena. That stretch includes a West Coast swing to Denver, Sacramento, Phoenix and Utah. The Wizards won’t play on Christmas Day, but will play on New Year’s Day at home against the Bulls. 

January will be a tad easier on the travel miles, as they’ll play just three games away from Washington, two of which are back-to-back on the 7th and 9th against the Bulls and Magic. 

The league’s All-Star Break will take place from Feb. 18-23 before the home stretch toward the playoffs begins.

Soon after, the Wizards will head for another west coast swing in March, one that includes a trip to Staples Center to play Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and the Lakers. Westbrook, who went to Los Angeles in an offseason trade after one year in Washington, will make his return to Capital One Arena on Friday, March 11. 

The season will conclude on April 10 with a road game against the Hornets. The home finale is against the Knicks on April 8.