As the start of the NBA preseason, the reigning champion Golden State Warriors will take on the Washington Wizards in Japan. In a two-game slate, these teams will face off at Saitama Super Arena. Known as the NBA Japan Games 2022 Presented by Rakuten, the two games of the event will take place Friday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 2. These will be the 15th and 16th games played in Japan in the history of the league. Japan is a huge market for the NBA and has been for over 30 years. Coverage of the league has been aired in the country since the 1988-89 season.
How to Watch Warriors vs Wizards:
Game Date: Sep. 30, 2022
Game Time: 6 a.m. ET
TV Channel: NBA TV
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Last season, the Warriors won the championship and are bringing back the majority of their roster. They finished the regular season with a record of 53-39, good for third in the Western Conference.
The Wizards, on the other hand, finished 12th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 35-47. They’ll look to take a step in the right direction this season in pursuit of a playoff appearance.
Given it’s the preseason, there’s a good chance most of the top players on both teams either play limited minutes or not at all. Regardless, there’s plenty of young talent on both rosters that will be exciting for fans in Japan to watch in person.
The second game of this slate of contests in Japan will take place on Sunday, once again at Saitama Super Arena. From there, both teams will head back to the United States to continue the preseason.
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