Hawks Release 2008-09 Schedule

HAWKS ANNOUNCE 2008-09 NBA REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
Opener set for October 29 at Orlando, Home Opener scheduled for November 1 vs. Philadelphia
Playoff Rematch vs. Boston to be nationally-televised on December 17 (ESPN)

ATLANTA, GA (Aug. 6, 2008) -- The Atlanta Hawks and the National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced the 2008-09 schedule, and for the first time in six years, the Hawks will be featured on national television during the regular season as Atlanta and Boston meet for the first time since their thrilling first round playoff series, as ESPN televises the Wednesday, December 17th game from Philips Arena. The World Champion Celtics return for a second time on Friday, March 27.

The Hawks open the season on the road Wednesday, October 29 at Orlando, and three nights later, Atlanta will host the Philadelphia 76ers in their home opener (Saturday, November 1 at 7 p.m.).

The 41-game home schedule is highlighted by 24 weekend dates - with 10 games on Fridays, eight on Saturdays and six on Sundays (four of them during the afternoon). Atlanta will play eight straight at Philips Arena from December 13 to 29, and seven in row during a 14-of-20 home stretch between March 7 to April 15 (final day of the regular season), and six consecutive road contests during a 12-of-16 away stretch from January 31 to March 6. The Hawks' busiest month of action occurs in March when the Hawks play a total of 17 games, with 12 of them at home.

In addition to the home opener on November 1, other notable contests include two games against the Cleveland Cavaliers (November 13 and March 1) and division rivals, the Orlando Magic (January 7 and April 4), while the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers visit Atlanta on Sunday, March 29.

The majority of Hawks home games will start at 7 p.m., with Friday games set to tipoff at 7:30. The Sunday games will be played at various times because of national TV obligations and Atlanta's annual Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday contest is scheduled for Monday, January 19 at 2 p.m.

The 2008 preseason and local TV schedules should be released in the coming weeks, and the start of training camp is set for Tuesday, September 30 at Philips Arena. Atlanta's annual media day activities will take place Monday, September 29 at 3 p.m., on the Philips Arena practice court.
 



2008-2009 ATLANTA HAWKS SCHEDULE

White = Home Game Gray = Road Game
DAY DATE OPPONENT TV TIME(ET)

Wed

Oct. 29

@ Orlando

7:00

Sat

Nov. 1

PHILADELPHIA

7:00

Wed

Nov. 5

@ New Orleans

8:00

Fri Nov. 7 TORONTO 7:30

Sun

Nov. 9

@ Oklahoma City

7:00

Tue

Nov. 11

@ Chicago

8:30

Wed

Nov. 12

@ Boston

7:30

Fri

Nov. 14

@ New Jersey

7:30

Sat

Nov. 15

NEW JERSEY

7:00

Tue

Nov. 18

@ Indiana

 

7:00

Wed

Nov. 19

WASHINGTON

7:00

Fri

Nov. 21

CHARLOTTE

7:30

Sat

Nov. 22

@ Cleveland

7:30

Wed Nov. 26 MILWAUKEE 7:00

Fri

Nov. 28

@ Toronto

7:00

Sat

Nov. 29

@ Washington

7:00

Wed

Dec. 3

MEMPHIS

7:00

Fri

Dec. 5

NEW YORK

7:30

Sat

Dec. 6

@ Dallas

8:30

Tue Dec. 9 @ Houston 8:30

Wed

Dec. 10

@ San Antonio

8:30

Fri

Dec. 12

@ Miami

7:30

Sat

Dec. 13

CLEVELAND

7:00

Mon

Dec. 15

CHARLOTTE

7:00

Wed

Dec. 17

BOSTON

7:00

Fri

Dec. 19

GOLDEN STATE

7:30

Sun

Dec. 21

INDIANA

2:00

Tue Dec. 23 OKLAHOMA CITY 7:00

Sat

Dec. 27

CHICAGO

7:00

Mon

Dec. 29

DENVER

7:00

Tue

Dec. 30

@ Indiana

7:00

Fri

Jan. 2

@ New Jersey

7:30

Sat

Jan. 3

HOUSTON

7:00

Wed

Jan. 7

ORLANDO

7:00

Fri

Jan. 9

@ Orlando

7:00

Sun

Jan. 11

PHILADELPHIA

2:00

Tue

Jan. 13

@ Phoenix

9:00

Wed

Jan. 14

@ LA Clippers

10:30

Fri

Jan. 16

@ Golden State

10:30

Mon

Jan. 19

TORONTO

2:00

Tue

Jan. 20

@ Chicago

8:30

Fri

Jan. 23

MILWAUKEE

7:30

Sun

Jan. 25

PHOENIX

6:00

Mon Jan. 26 @ Miami 7:30

Wed

Jan. 28

@ New York

7:30

Fri

Jan. 30

NEW JERSEY

7:30

Sat

Jan. 31

@ Milwaukee

8:30

Wed Feb. 4 @ Minnesota 8:00

Fri

Feb. 6

@ Charlotte

7:00

Sat

Feb. 7

LA CLIPPERS

7:00

Tue

Feb. 10

WASHINGTON

7:00

Wed

Feb. 11

@ Detroit

7:30

Tue

Feb. 17

@ LA Lakers

10:30

Wed

Feb. 18

@ Sacramento

10:00

Fri

Feb. 20

@ Portland

10:00

Mon

Feb. 23

@ Utah

9:00

Wed

Feb. 25

@ Denver

9:00

Fri

Feb. 27

MIAMI

7:30

Sun

Mar. 1

CLEVELAND

6:00

Mon

Mar. 2

@ Washington

7:00

Wed

Mar. 4

@ New York

7:30

Fri

Mar. 6

@ Charlotte

7:00

Sat

Mar. 7

DETROIT

7:00

Mon Mar. 9 NEW ORLEANS 7:00

Wed

Mar. 11

UTAH

7:00

Fri

Mar. 13

INDIANA

7:30

Sun

Mar. 15

PORTLAND

1:00

Tue

Mar. 17

SACRAMENTO

7:00

Thur

Mar. 19

DALLAS

7:00

Sat

Mar. 21

@ Cleveland

1:00

Mon

Mar. 23

MINNESOTA

7:00

Wed

Mar. 25

SAN ANTONIO

7:00

Fri

Mar. 27

BOSTON

7:30

Sun

Mar. 29

LA LAKERS

3:30

Tue

Mar. 31

@ Philadelphia

7:00

Fri

April 3

@ Boston

7:00

Sat

April 4

ORLANDO

7:00

Tue

April 7

@ Toronto

7:00

Wed

April 8

@ Milwaukee

8:00

Fri

April 10

INDIANA

7:30

Tue

April 14

MIAMI

7:00

Wed

April 15

@ Memphis

8:00


2008-09 ATLANTA HAWKS SEASON SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN

NOTABLE HOME GAMES

Home Opener vs. Philadelphia 76ers - Saturday, November 1
Cleveland Cavaliers (All-Star and Olympian LeBron James) - Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, March 1
Orlando Magic (Southeast Division rivals and All-Star and Olympian Dwight Howard) - Wednesday, January 7 and Saturday, April 4
Boston Celtics (NBA World Champions) - Wednesday, December 17 (ESPN) and Friday, March 27
Los Angeles Lakers (Western Conference Champions and MVP Kobe Bryant) - Sunday, March 29

SPECIAL HOME GAMES
Opening Night - Saturday, November 1 vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Thanksgiving Week (Thursday, November 27) - Wednesday, November 26 vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Christmas Week (Thursday, December 25) - Tuesday, December 23 vs. Oklahoma City
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday - Monday, January 19 vs. Toronto Raptors

MONTHLY HOME and AWAY GAMES
October Home (1)
November Home (6), Away (9)
December Home (10), Away (5)
January Home (7), Away (9)
February Home (3), Away (8)
March Home (12), Away (5)
April Home (3), Away (4)

DAILY HOME and AWAY GAMES
Sunday Home (6), Away (1)
Monday Home (5), Away (3)
Tuesday Home (4), Away (9)
Wednesday Home (7), Away (13)
Thursday Home (1), Away (0)
Friday Home (10), Away (10)
Saturday Home (8), Away (5)

BACK-to-BACK GAMES
Home/Home (0)
Home/Away (9)
Away/Away (6)
Away/Home (7)

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

-- Atlanta will play eight straight home games between December 13th to 29th; 7 straight between March 7th to 19th.

-- Atlanta will play 14-of-20 home games from March 7th to April 15th; and 12-of-16 road games from January 31st to March 6th; and 14-of-22 from October 29th to December 12th.

-- The Hawks will have five afternoon contests - four of them on Sundays (and one MLK, Jr day game).

-- Atlanta will play 52 games before the All-Star break - 25 at Philips Arena.