2012 NBA Schedule: Hawks head out on 3-game road trip

Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Hawks will ring in the new year on the road as they embark on a three-game road trip starting with back-to-back contests in Houston and New Orleans.

The Atlanta Hawks will take their four-game winning streak on the road as they look for a rare win in Houston over the Rockets. Atlanta has just two wins in the last 20 years against the Rockets in Houston but hope to be catching them at a good time. Houston has lost two straight and surrendered 120 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1995. The Rockets defeated the Hawks 109-102 on opening night.

From there the Hawks move on to New Orleans to take on the Hornets who are 7-23 but got one of their key pieces back from injury. Eric Gordon returned to action on Saturday from a knee injury that had sidelined him for most of his time with the Hornets. This game will also be Atlanta's first look at rookie Anthony Davis during the regular season.

The Hawks will take Wednesday and Thursday off before finishing up the week with yet another back-to-back. Atlanta heads to Detroit on Friday and hopes to limit the action to 48 minutes this time around rather than the double-overtime effort the two teams put in last week. To get a victory, the Hawks will have to slow down Will Bynum who followed up his 31 point effort against Atlanta by scoring 25 points against the world champion Heat in an upset win.

The Hawks will fly home after playing the Pistions and quickly get ready for the first matchup of the season against the Boston Celtics. It will be the first of four matchups between the two teams this season and and the first since Boston bounced Atlanta from the playoffs last season.

Here is a closer look at this week's schedule:

Monday, December 31 - @ Rockets - 7 p.m.

Tuesday, January 1 - @ Hornets - 8 p.m.

Friday, January 4 - @ Pistons - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 5 - vs. Celtics - 7 p.m.

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