Hawks Release 2010-11 Regular Season Schedule

HAWKS ANNOUNCE 2010-11 NBA REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
Atlanta home opener vs. Washington on Saturday, October 30
Hawks appear on national TV 14 occasions

ATLANTA, GA (August 10, 2010) -- The Atlanta Hawks and the National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced the 2010-11 schedule and following two straight road games to tipoff the season, the Hawks will host the Washington Wizards in their Philips Arena home opener on Saturday, October 30th at 7 p.m.

The Hawks, and new coach Larry Drew, will open the regular season Wednesday, October 27th at Memphis and two nights later (October 29) will travel to Philadelphia before returning to Atlanta to play the Wizards.

Atlanta will play eight of their first 14 games at home, with notable games against first-round playoff opponent Milwaukee on Wednesday, November 10 and Eastern Conference finalist Boston on Monday, November 22. In addition, the Hawks will be in action on Thanksgiving Night (November 25) as Washington makes a return trip to Philips Arena in a nationally-televised game.

In a rematch of their second round playoff series, Atlanta and Orlando will meet on Monday, December 20 and Wednesday, March 30.

Their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday game will be televised on NBA TV, when the Sacramento Kings venture to town on Monday, January 17. The start time for that contest will be 4 p.m.

The World Champion Los Angeles Lakers will make their only appearance in town on Tuesday, March 8, while the new-look Miami Heat won't make it to Atlanta until after the All-Star break - on Friday, March 18 and Monday, April 11, which is also the Hawks regular season home finale.

The 41-game home schedule has 21 weekend dates, with nine games on Fridays, eight on Saturdays and four on Sundays. Atlanta will play five straight at Philips Arena between March 12-22, while their longest road stretch will come before and after the All-Star Game (Sunday, February 20th in Los Angeles), when the Hawks will conclude the month with seven straight road games (from February 14-28).

Atlanta's busiest month will come in December, when the Hawks play a total of 17 games (8 home/9 road), and they will close out the 2010-11 season with 14 of their last 21 at Philips Arena. Eleven of those games will be played in March.

In addition to the national TV games mentioned above, the Hawks will also be featured on national television 14 times with a total of seven appearances slated for NBA TV. ESPN will carry four games, while TNT will showcase a total of three.

The majority of Hawks home games will start at 7 p.m., with most Friday games set to tipoff at 7:30 (the nationally-televised Friday contests will start at 8 p.m.). The Sunday games will be played at various times because of national TV obligations.

The 2010-11 local TV schedules should be released in the coming weeks, and the start of training camp is set for Tuesday, September 28 at Philips Arena. Atlanta's annual media day activities will take place Monday, September 27 at 3 p.m., on the Philips Arena practice court.

Click here to view the full 2010-11 Hawks schedule.

2010-11 ATLANTA HAWKS SEASON SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN

NOTABLE HOME GAMES
- Home Opener vs. Washington Wizards- Saturday, October 30
- Los Angeles Lakers (two-time NBA World Champions)- Tuesday, March 8
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Boston Celtics (Eastern Conference Champions)- Monday, November 22 at Friday, April 1
- Miami Heat (Southeast Division rival)- Friday, March 18 and Monday, April 11
- Orlando Magic (2010 SE Division Champions)- Monday, December 20 and Wednesday, March 30

SPECIAL HOME GAMES
Opening Night Saturday, October 30 vs. Washington Wizards
Thanksgiving Night Thursday, November 25 vs. Washington Wizards
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Monday, January 17 vs. Sacramento Kings

MONTHLY HOME and AWAY GAMES
October: Home (1), Away (2)
November: Home (8), Away (7) February Home (4), Away (8)
December: Home (8), Away (9) March Home (10), Away (4)
January: Home (6), Away (8) April Home (3), Away (4)

DAILY HOME and AWAY GAMES
Sunday: Home (4), Away (7)
Monday: Home (4), Away (5)
Tuesday: Home (6), Away (7)
Wednesday: Home (9), Away (8)
Thursday: Home (1), Away (1)
Friday: Home (9), Away (7)
Saturday: Home (8), Away (6)

BACK-to-BACK GAMES
Home/Home (0)
Home/Away (11)
Away/Away (5)
Away/Home (7)

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
- Atlanta will play five straight home games between March 12th to 22nd; and seven consecutive road games wrapped around the All-Star break from February 14th to 28th.
- Atlanta will play 10-of-12 games to open the March home schedule, en route to closing out the season with 14 of their last 21 at Philips Arena.
- The Hawks will have four home afternoon contests - three of them on Sundays (and one MLK, Jr day game).
- Atlanta will play 56 games before the All-Star break - 26 at Philips Arena.