John Wall’s return highlights top games on Wizards’ 2022-23 schedule
Here are some highlights from the Wizards’ 82-game schedule, including John Wall’s first game at DC in front of the fans.
Wizards schedule highlights, including Wall’s return, originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The Wizards’ 2022-23 regular season schedule was released Wednesday afternoon and there are already a few dates to circle on your calendars besides their Oct. 19 opener at the Pacers.
Here are some highlights from the Wizards’ 82-game schedule…
December 10: Wall returns to DC
The Wizards will host the Los Angeles Clippers on December 10, which should provide John Wall’s first opportunity to play in front of DC fans since being traded by the franchise in 2020. Wall has already played against the Wizards twice. , including once in Washington when he was with the Rockets, but that was during the 2020-21 season when very few fans were allowed into the arenas. This time, as long as he’s healthy and available, should be his true homecoming.
January 23: Porzingis returns to Dallas
Nearly a year after the Mavericks traded Porzingis to the Wizards in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans, the Latvian big man will return to play for the first time in front of the Dallas faithful. Porzingis had 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists in a home win over the Mavericks late last season.
Lots of home games to start and finish
The Wizards will play 11 of their first 17 games at Capital One Arena, including their home opener Oct. 21 against the Bulls. Playing so much at home at the start will be a nice change of pace after spending part of the pre-season in Japan. This can also be a standings advantage, as teams are usually better at home than on the road. The Wizards will also play 14 of their last 20 games of the season at home, which could help them finish strong in the playoff race.
9 first games against the East
The Wizards play their first nine games against Eastern Conference teams before their first “non-conference” game against the Grizzlies on Nov. 6 in Memphis. In those first nine games, they’ll see the Pacers (twice), Bulls, Cavs, Celtics, Sixers (twice) and Nets. This will give the Wizards a good idea of where they stand in the East early on, as all of those teams except the Pacers made the playoffs last season. The Celtics made the NBA Finals.
5 nationally televised matches
The Wizards play 81 of their 82 games on NBC Sports Washington, but have five games total on national television. These are Oct. 28 at the Pacers (ESPN), Dec. 22 at the Jazz (NBATV), Jan. 3 at the Bucks (NBATV), Feb. 13 at the Warriors (NBATV), and Feb. 28 at the Hawks (TNT). The latter is the only game not on NBC.
14 back to back
The Wizards will play 14 consecutive games overall with their first on Oct. 30-31. They play in Boston, then return home to host the Sixers on Halloween. They also face the Sixers two days later in Philadelphia.
Longest road trip: 10 days, 6 matches
The Wizards will have some time to settle in before their longest road trip of the season, which begins Dec. 14 and ends Dec. 23. They will play the Nuggets, Clippers, Lakers, Suns, Jazz and Kings, six games across 10 days. They also have a 9-day, 5-game trip that runs from January 24 to February 1. During this period, they will play the Mavs, Rockets, Pelicans, Spurs and Pistons.
Big home games
In addition to the Clippers on Dec. 10, some of the Wizards’ most notable home games include Kevin Durant and the Nets (Nov. 4 and Dec. 12), Luka Doncic and the Mavs (Nov. 10), Ja Morant and the Grizzlies (Nov. 13 ), LeBron James and the Lakers (December 4), Stephen Curry and the Warriors (January 16), Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks (March 6 and April 4), Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets (March 22) and Jayson Tatum and the Celtics (March 28)