WASHINGTON, D.C. –
The NBA announced today the Washington Wizards will tip off the 2017-18 season at Capital One Arena with a nationally-televised game versus the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 18 and that the team will face the Celtics in Boston in a nationally-televised game on Christmas Day.
The Oct. 18 matchup with the Sixers, which will be televised by ESPN at 7:00 p.m., will mark the first time the Wizards have opened at home since 2011 when they opened against the New Jersey Nets on Dec. 26. It marks the first time they will begin the season at home in a full season since hosting the Nets in 2008. The Oct. 18 start is also the earliest the team has started the regular season since they opened at Detroit on Oct. 10, 1980.
The Christmas Day game, which will be televised by ABC at 5:30 p.m., will be a rematch of the Wizards’ seven-game Eastern Conference Semifinal series against Boston. The Wizards last played on Christmas Day in 2014 when they defeated the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
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