NBA Playoffs 2018: Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors First Round Schedule Revealed

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: John Wall /

After losing five of their last six regular season wins, the slumping Washington Wizards enter the NBA playoffs 2018 as the Eastern Conference’s No. 8 seed.

The Washington Wizards failed to better their playoff positioning several times throughout the last few weeks of the regular season to overcome their season-ending collapse.

For example, a win in their regular-season finale against the 25-win Orlando Magic would’ve bumped the Wizards up to the No. 7 seed and an ideal matchup against the injured Boston Celtics.

Instead, the Wizards fell flat and lost to the Magic 101-92 to conclude the regular season at 43-39, good enough for the last seed (8-seed) in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.

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As a result, the Wizards will play the top-seeded Toronto Raptors in the first round of the East playoffs. The Wizards and Raptors grabbed two wins apiece in their season series. All-Star point guard John Wall missed all four regular-season matchups.

Round 1, Game 1 of the Wizards-Raptors series begin Saturday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Below, is the complete first-round Wizards-Raptors schedule:

  • Game 1: Wizards @ Raptors, Saturday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
  • Game 2: Wizards @ Raptors, Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV
  • Game 3: Raptors @ Wizards, Friday, April 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2
  • Game 4: Raptors @ Wizards, Sunday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m. ET, TNT
  • Game 5: If necessary, Wednesday, April 25, TBD
  • Game 6: If necessary, Friday, April 27, TBD
  • Game 7: If necessary, Sunday, April 29, TBD 

The last time the Wizards and Raptors battled in the postseason was in the 2014-15 NBA playoffs when the Wizards swept the Raptors, 4-0.

Per, the Wizards have just a 16 percent win probability against the Raptors. Furthermore, the projections give the Wizards a nine percent chance to escape the first-round and a two percent chance of reaching the conference finals.

The Wizards will enter the NBA playoffs with a fresh Wall, who missed nearly two months due to knee surgery. However, Bradley Beal just wrapped up the first 82-game season of his career and many are questioning his ability to maintain a high-level of play into the playoffs.

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Most recent 8-1 upsets in NBA playoff history include the 2011 Memphis Grizzlies over the San Antonio Spurs and the 2007 Golden State Warriors over the Dallas Mavericks.