Washington Wizards Announce 2009-10 Schedule

The Washington Wizards will open the 2009-10 season on Tuesday, Oct. 27, when they take on the Mavericks in Dallas at 8:30 pm. Following another road game at Atlanta on Friday, Oct. 30, the Wizards tip off their 2009-10 home slate on Halloween night, Oct. 31, against the New Jersey Nets at 7:00 p.m. at Verizon Center.

“We’ve had a very positive offseason, and we’re eager to begin a new season and a new era of Wizards basketball,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. “With Flip Saunders as our head coach, the healthy returns of our core players and the addition of several solid new pieces to the lineup, we’re looking forward to having our fans join us for an exciting season ahead.”

The 2009-10 schedule features 16 national television appearances (eight on NBATV, seven on ESPN, one on TNT). Overall, the Wizards will play 22 of their 41 home contests on the weekend (Friday-Sunday).

Washington’s appearances on ESPN and TNT include Nov. 4 vs. Miami (ESPN, 7:00 p.m.), Nov. 18 vs. Cleveland (ESPN, 7:00 p.m.), Nov. 27 at Miami (ESPN, 7:00 p.m.), Dec. 10 vs. Boston (TNT, 8:00 p.m.), Dec. 18 at Golden State (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.), March 7 at Boston (ESPN, 8:00 p.m.), April 7 at Orlando (ESPN, 8:00 p.m.), and April 14 vs. Indiana (ESPN, 8:00 p.m.).

After three games in October, the Wizards will play six home games and six road games in November, the first full month of action of the 2009-10 season. They will begin November in Cleveland with the first of three games scheduled against the Cavaliers on Nov. 3 and then return home on Nov. 4 to host Miami in the their first national television appearance of the season at Verizon Center. Other home games in November include the lone visit of the year from Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 8, the new-look Detroit Pistons’ first trip to town on Nov. 14, LeBron and Shaq’s only regular season visit to Washington in a nationally-televised tilt against the Cavaliers on Nov. 18, Philadelphia’s first of two visits on Nov. 24 and Southeast Division rival Charlotte on Nov. 28.

Other highlights of the home schedule include a pair of visits from Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics (Dec. 10 on TNT, Feb. 1), Kevin Durant’s lone trip of the year with the Oklahoma City Thunder (Dec. 28), two games against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Orlando Magic (Jan. 8, March 13), Kobe Bryant and the defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 26, and Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets’ visit to the nation’s capital on Feb. 19. The Wizards will host Sunday matinees vs. Phoenix (Nov. 8 at 1:00 p.m.), Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets (Jan. 10 at 1:00 p.m) and 2009 first-overall draft pick Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers (Jan. 24 at 1:00 p.m.) with a Martin Luther King Day matinee against Brandon Roy and the Portland Trail Blazers (Monday, Jan. 18, at 1:00 p.m.).

The Wizards will host each team in the Eastern Conference twice with the exception of Cleveland and Toronto (the Wizards will travel to Chicago and Philadelphia only once). The team’s longest road trip of the season is four games (done twice), while Washington will have a season-high six-game homestand from Jan. 16 – Jan. 26 (their longest homestand since a seven-game stretch from Jan. 24 – Feb. 6, 2004).

All home games will tip off at 7:00 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday and Martin Luther King Day matinee games (1:00 p.m.), Sunday, April 4 vs. New Jersey (6:00 p.m.), two of the nationally-televised contests (Dec. 10 vs. Boston on TNT and April 14 vs. Indiana on ESPN will both start at 8:00 p.m.) and Jan. 30 vs. New York (8:00 p.m.).

Fans looking to see the Wizards in action at Verizon Center can purchase a variety of ticket plans for the 2009-10 season. For more information on these special plans, fans can call the Wizards sales office at 202-661-5050 or visit WashingtonWizards.com. Individual game tickets will go on sale at a later date and will be made available through all Ticketmaster outlets, at the Verizon Center Box Office and online at WashingtonWizards.com.

The Wizards’ preseason schedule and local broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.


Date
Opponent
Time
National TV
10/27/09
@ Dallas
8:30 PM
10/30/09
@ Atlanta
7:30 PM
10/31/09
New Jersey
7:00 PM
11/3/09
@ Cleveland
7:00 PM
11/4/09
Miami
7:00 PM
ESPN
11/6/09
@ Indiana
7:00 PM
11/8/09
Phoenix
1:00 PM
11/10/09
@ Miami
7:30 PM
11/14/09
Detroit
7:00 PM
11/18/09
Cleveland
7:00 PM
ESPN
11/20/09
@ Oklahoma City
8:00 PM
11/21/09
@ San Antonio
8:30 PM
NBATV
11/24/09
Philadelphia
7:00 PM
11/27/09
@ Miami
7:00 PM
ESPN
11/28/09
Charlotte
7:00 PM
NBATV
12/1/09
@ Toronto
7:00 PM
12/2/09
Milwaukee
7:00 PM
12/4/09
Toronto
7:00 PM
12/6/09
@ Detroit
6:00 PM
NBATV
12/10/09
Boston
8:00 PM
TNT
12/12/09
Indiana
7:00 PM
12/14/09
@ L.A. Clippers
10:30 PM
12/16/09
@ Sacramento
10:00 PM
12/18/09
@ Golden State
10:30 PM
ESPN
12/19/09
@ Phoenix
9:00 PM
12/22/09
Philadelphia
7:00 PM
12/23/09
@ Milwaukee
8:00 PM
12/26/09
@ Minnesota
8:00 PM
NBATV
12/28/09
@ Memphis
8:00 PM
NBATV
12/29/09
Oklahoma City
7:00 PM
1/2/10
San Antonio
7:00 PM
1/5/10
@ Philadelphia
7:00 PM
1/6/10
@ Cleveland
7:00 PM
1/8/10
Orlando
7:00 PM
1/10/10
New Orleans
1:00 PM
1/12/10
Detroit
7:00 PM
1/13/10
@ Atlanta
7:00 PM
1/15/10
@ Chicago
8:00 PM
1/16/10
Sacramento
7:00 PM
1/18/10
Portland
1:00 PM
NBATV
1/20/10
Dallas
7:00 PM
1/22/10
Miami
7:00 PM
1/24/10
L.A. Clippers
1:00 PM
1/26/10
L.A. Lakers
7:00 PM
1/29/10
@ New Jersey
8:00 PM
1/30/10
New York
8:00 PM
2/1/10
Boston
7:00 PM
2/3/10
@ New York
7:30 PM
2/5/10
@ Orlando
7:00 PM
2/6/10
Atlanta
7:00 PM
2/9/10
@ Charlotte
7:00 PM
2/17/10
Minnesota
7:00 PM
2/19/10
Denver
7:00 PM
2/20/10
@ Toronto
7:00 PM
2/22/10
Chicago
7:00 PM
NBATV
2/24/10
Memphis
7:00 PM
2/26/10
New York
7:00 PM
2/28/10
@ New Jersey
6:00 PM
3/3/10
@ Milwaukee
8:00 PM
3/5/10
Milwaukee
7:00 PM
3/7/10
@ Boston
8:00 PM
ESPN
3/9/10
Houston
7:00 PM
3/12/10
@ Detroit
8:00 PM
3/13/10
Orlando
7:00 PM
NBATV
3/15/10
@ Utah
9:00 PM
3/16/10
@ Denver
9:00 PM
3/19/10
@ Portland
10:00 PM
3/21/10
@ L.A. Lakers
9:30 PM
3/23/10
Charlotte
7:00 PM
3/24/10
@ Indiana
7:00 PM
3/26/10
@ Charlotte
7:00 PM
3/27/10
Utah
7:00 PM
3/30/10
@ Houston
8:30 PM
3/31/10
@ New Orleans
8:00 PM
4/2/10
Chicago
7:00 PM
4/4/10
New Jersey
6:00 PM
4/6/10
Golden State
7:00 PM
4/7/10
@ Orlando
8:00 PM
ESPN
4/9/10
@ Boston
7:30 PM
4/10/10
Atlanta
7:00 PM
4/12/10
@ New York
7:30 PM
4/14/10
Indiana
8:00 PM
ESPN