Once again the Atlanta Hawks will have to open the season with a road trip because of renovation to their home court at Philips Arena.
This time around though the wait won’t be as long as the Hawks will open their season with a three-game road swing beginning in New York on Oct. 17 followed by games in Memphis on Oct. 19 and in Cleveland on Sun., Oct. 21.
The home opener will be against Dallas—the Hawks’ season opener for the 2017-18 season was in Dallas—and will broadcast on ESPN (at 7:30 p.m.). The matchup of the third overall pick Luka Doncic and fifth overall pick Trae Young, who were traded for one another on draft night, must be the main reason for Atlanta playing their only game on ESPN this season.
The Golden State Warriors will make their only appearance in Atlanta on Mon., Dec. 3
Christmas Day games are an NBA tradition and though the Hawks are not playing on Dec. 25, they do have a home game against the Indiana Pacers a day later.
Lebron James won’t be making his two annual trips to town any longer, but he and the Lakers will be here for their one game on Tues., Feb. 12.
The Hawks will play six Sunday home games, including against Milwaukee on Jan. 13 and New Orleans on Mar. 10. Atlanta will have their annual MLK Day game on Tues., Jan. 15 against Russell Westbrook, Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The work being done on Philips Arena cost upwards of $192 million and will be well worth the wait for Hawks season ticket holders and fans.
Will it be worth it to the Hawks first-year head coach Lloyd Pierce and his team? For that answer, we will have to wait and see.