2012-13 Schedule Notes

WashingtonWizards.com's staff broke down the 2012-13 Wizards schedule...

5 Games You Can’t Miss at Verizon Center:

Dec 4: Miami at Washington
The defending NBA Champions make their way to Verizon Center twice during the 2012-13 season with the first meeting falling on December 4th. Last season, the Wizards went 2-1 against the Heat with both wins coming in the final few weeks of the season. The Verizon Center should be rocking on this Tuesday night in December as John Wall and the Wizards look to take down the defending champs!

Dec 14: Los Angeles Lakers at Washington
Just 10 days after the glitz and glamor from Miami leave DC, the Lakers come to town with a new point guard running their show. Former MVP winner Steve Nash has changed colors and he, Kobe, Bynum, and Gasol will make their way to a packed Verizon Center on this Friday night in December.

Jan 7: Oklahoma City at Washington
Last season, the Wizards knocked off the Western Conference champs in a thriller at Verizon Center and the first rematch will come on Monday, January 7th in Washington. This up and down game should feature plenty of scoring with two of the more explosive point guards in the league (Wall & Westbrook) squaring off against one another!

Feb 4: Los Angeles Clippers at Washington
This used to be the 'other' team from L.A., but now stocked with stars of their own, the Clippers are one of the hottest tickets in town. Watching John Wall go toe-to-toe with Chris Paul and seeing Nene bang down low with Blake Griffin should be well worth the price of admission!

Feb 6: New York at Washington
Anytime the Knicks come to town there is always a certain buzz in the arena and this Wednesday night in February should be no exception. With Ariza, Singleton, Nene & Okafor on the front line, the Wizards are well equipped with defenders for Carmelo and Amar'e, which should make this bout a must watch!

Season Opener:

Oct 30: Washington at Cleveland
The Wizards open the 2012-13 season on the road in Cleveland and with both teams featuring young and exciting backcourts, this should be a great way to kick off the year. The Wizards trio of Wall, Crawford, and Beal going up against Irving & Waiters will certainly be the match-ups to watch on Opening Night!

Home Opener:

Nov 3: Boston at Washington
The Wizards home opener comes against a team who has been near the top of the Eastern Conference for the past five seasons in the Boston Celtics. The Wizards have played the Celtics tough throughout their run and with the game falling on Opening Night at Verizon Center, this clash should be one of the better games of the season!

Happy New Years!:

Jan 1: Dallas at Washington
The Wizards will bring in the New Year with a game against Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. What better way to celebrate 2013 then coming out to Verizon Center for what is sure to be an exciting game between two up-tempo teams.

Friday Night Lights:

The Wizards will play at home ten times on Friday night. The Verizon Center will be rocking with some of the biggest names in the game taking the stage underneath the Friday Night Lights!

Friday Night Lights

Date Opponent Venue Time (EDT)
Fri, November 9 vs. Milwaukee Bucks Verizon Center 7:00pm
Fri, December 14 vs. Los Angeles Lakers Verizon Center 7:00pm
Fri, December 28 vs. Orlando Magic Verizon Center 7:00pm
Fri, January 4 vs. Brooklyn Nets Verizon Center 7:00pm
Fri, January 25 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Verizon Center 7:00pm
Fri, February 8 vs. Brooklyn Nets Verizon Center 7:00pm
Fri, February 22 vs. Denver Nuggets Verizon Center 7:00pm
Fri, March 1 vs. New York Knicks Verizon Center 7:00pm
Fri, March 15 vs. New Orleans Hornets Verizon Center 7:00pm
Fri, April 12 vs. Philadelphia 76ers Verizon Center 7:00pm

Workin on the Weekend:

If you are too busy to come out to Verizon Center during the week, take a look at the array of games being played on the weekend this season:

Weekend Slate

Date Opponent Venue Time (EDT)
Sat, November 3 vs. Boston Celtics Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sat, November 17 vs. Utah Jazz Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sat, November 24 vs. Charlotte Bobcats Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sat, December 8 Golden State Warriors Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sat, December 22 vs. Detroit Pistons Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sat, January 12 vs. Atlanta Hawks Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sat, January 26 vs. Chicago Bulls Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sat, February 23 vs. Houston Rockets Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sun, March 3 vs. Philadelphia 76ers Verizon Center 6:00 pm
Sat, March 9 vs. Charlotte Bobcats Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sat, March 16 vs. Phoenix Suns Verizon Center 7:00 pm
Sun, March 31 vs. Toronto Raptors Verizon Center 6:00 pm
Sat, Apr 6 vs. Indiana Pacers Verizon Center 7:00 pm

Life on the Road:

The Wizards will have two road trips of four or more games during the ’12-’13 season. The first comes in January when they take to the road for a five city-eight day trip that will include stops in Sacramento (Jan 16), Denver (Jan 18), Los Angeles (Clippers) (Jan 19), Portland (Jan 21), and Utah (Jan 23).

Road Trip

Date Opponent Venue Time (EDT)
Wed, January 16 at. Sacramento Power Balance Pavilion TBD
Fri, January 18 at. Denver Nuggets Pepsi Center TBD
Sat, January 19 at. Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center TBD
Mon, January 21 at. Portland Rose Garden TBD
Wed, January 23 at. Utah Jazz EnergySolutions Arena TBD

The next big trip comes in March when the team hits the road for a four city-six day trip with stops in Charlotte (Mar 18), Phoenix (Mar 20), Los Angeles (Lakers) (Mar 22), and Golden State (Mar 23).

Date Opponent Venue Time (EDT)
Mon, March 18 at. Charlotte Bobcats Time Warner Center TBD
Wed, March 20 at. Phoenix Suns US Airways Arena TBD
Fri, March 22 at. Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center TBD
Sat, March 23 at. Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena TBD