Hawks Preseason Schedule Finalized
The Hawks’ preseason schedule was finalized Monday with road games against the Heat and Mavericks, as well as games against Charlotte and New Orleans in Asheville, N.C. and Biloxi, Miss. respectively.
The Hawks will play seven games over a 17-day stretch in October as the team gets ready for its first season under new head coach Mike Budenholzer. The preseason schedule includes two back-to-backs, which will be good in getting the younger players prepared for what travel is like when that happens, as Atlanta is faced with 20 such scenarios in the 2013-14 campaign.
The Hawks open with the defending champion Miami Heat in South Beach, but I would expect the big three to play very little, as the first preseason game is usually a chance to test out the younger players trying to make the roster.
Atlanta then heads to Asheville the next night to play a neutral site game against the Charlotte Bobcats. As is the case every preseason, the NBA is expanding its reach to markets without an NBA team, and Asheville is a good halfway point between the two cities. The Bobcats will be the “home” team, though Asheville is only about 200 miles from Atlanta.
Five days later, the Hawks will be competing in another neutral site game, this one in Biloxi against the newly-renamed New Orleans Pelicans. Nestled on the southern edge of Mississippi, this Gulf town sits just 90 miles from the Big Easy, and New Orleans is the closest major sports town.
After Atlanta’s three road games, they come home to play the three home games announced previously against the Spurs (Oct. 17), Grizzlies (Oct. 20) and Pacers (Oct. 22). Individual tickets for those games go on sale in September, but you can get them today by becoming an Atlanta Hawks Member.
The Hawks will play all four of last year’s conference championship representatives.
The final back-to-back of the season will have the Hawks taking off to Dallas following the conclusion of the Indiana game. This could be an advantage for Atlanta, as they’ll get to play a game at the American Airlines Center exactly one week before traveling back there for the season opener.
Below is the complete schedule with dates, times and locations:
Oct. 7 @ Miami (7:30)
Oct. 8 @ Charlotte (7:30 in Asheville, NC)
Oct. 13 @ New Orleans (2:00 in Biloxi, MS)
Oct. 17 vs SAN ANTONIO (7:30)
Oct. 20 vs MEMPHIS (3:00)
Oct. 22 vs INDIANA (7:30)
Oct. 23 @ Dallas (8:30)
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