Washington Wizards NBA Schedule: 5 must-watch games from the first-half schedule

Washington Wizards Rui Hachimura Lebron James. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Washington Wizards Bradley Beal
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January 26: Washington Wizards @ Houston Rockets

Revenge games are always fun, but there will be layers to this matchup against the Houston Rockets. Washington Wizards fans have waited nearly two years to see John Wall return to the court after rupturing his Achilles. They’ll finally get a look at the five-time All-Star on January 26, but he’ll be on the opposing team.

The Wizards’ January matchup with the Rockets will be the first time the Wizards face off against John Wall, who served as the face of the Wizards franchise from the day he was drafted first overall in 2010 until the day he was traded for Russell Westbrook in December 2020.

Bradley Beal expects his former teammate to be nothing short of incredible in his first matchup with his former team. When recently asked about the upcoming game, Beal said he wouldn’t be surprised if Wall drops 60 on him. While that wouldn’t help the Wizards’ chances of winning, I don’t think many Wizards fans would mind if Wall shows shades of his former self.

On the flip side, don’t be surprised if Westbrook, who spent one rocky season in Houston, tries to dunk the Rockets into oblivion. If we don’t get one before January 26, this might be our first glimpse at Westbrook going “full Brodie” against a former team.

Last season, the Wizards dropped their only game to the Houston Rockets, but both of these teams will look a whole lot different when they meet this season than when they matched up last season.