The NBA officially released the schedule for the 2019-2020 season. The Hawks will once again be under the radar, as they only have two nationally-televised games. Things could change throughout the season, but for now it looks like people will only be able to watch games on Fox Sports South or NBA League Pass.
For those viewers, their will definitely be some games that they don’t want to miss.
Oct. 26 vs. Orlando
The Hawks will play their home opener against the Orlando Magic. The Magic was a team that didn’t make much noise this offseason but will still be in the mix for top teams in the East. For the Hawks, this game should mean a little more than others because they cant seem to beat Orlando.
They struggled with them all last season and should be seeking some type of revenge. Or it might just be another game on the schedule for the team, who knows.
Nov. 16 @ L.A. Clippers
This will be the Hawks’ first meeting against the new look Clippers. The Hawks will be on their west coast road trip, which could make this game even more difficult to win. This Kawhi Leonard– Paul George led team will still be getting used to each other around this time, so it shouldn’t be out of the question if the Hawks can keep it competitive.
One thing we do know, is that the Clippers will be one of the top defensive teams in the league, and that’s something you don’t need to teach.
Nov. 17 @ L.A. Lakers
Imagine having to play two of the top teams that are projected to win the NBA Championship back-to-back nights. Well it won’t be an imagination for the Hawks, because right after the Clippers they have to play LeBron James and the Lakers.
This team will also look different from last season, with the addition of Anthony Davis and many others. It will be interesting how this team will look at the beginning of the season compared how it could look towards the end. Nonetheless, this will be another big challenge for this young Hawks squad, which will make an interesting Sunday matchup.
Feb. 22 vs. Dallas
The so-called “rivalry” between Trae Young and Luka Doncic will continue in the State Farm Arena on this day. All the talk last season was about these two, and it probably will go on their entire career. Will Trae Young feel some way about not winning Rookie of the Year? Does Luka have something to prove after many thought the ROY race was “close”? This could be a great battle between the two second year players.
Mar. 16 @ New Orleans
It’ll be late in the season, but the Hawks will finally get their first look at Zion Williamson. On paper, the Hawks and Pelicans have two of the most exciting young teams in the league.
Apr. 3 @ Toronto
This game will be Vince Carter’s last in Toronto, as he plans on retiring after the season. Carter started his career in Toronto and will forever be embraced in the city. There should be no doubt he will get a tribute during this game to send him off the right way.
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