Dating back to March, information has trickled out with regard to the 2018-2019 preseason schedule for the Atlanta Hawks. However, the full schedule was not known until Friday morning, when Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the five-game slate of action.
Hawks will host Pelicans Oct. 1 at Georgia Tech. That rounds out the five-game preseason. https://t.co/01bd09933j— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) July 27, 2018
Later, the Hawks confirmed the reporting with an official announcement, noting that Fox Sports Southeast (the team’s television partner) will broadcast the games against the Grizzlies, Spurs and Heat. On the radio side, 92.9 The Game will broadcast the contests against the Grizzlies and Spurs.
As noted above, the final piece of the puzzle was actually the preseason opener, as the Hawks will host the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, Oct. 1 at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion.
The venue comes as no surprise given the ongoing renovations to Philips Arena, although it remains to be seen when the building will actually open with a regular season contest. As a reminder, the Hawks began the 2017-2018 campaign with a string of road games and something similar could, at least in theory, take place this season.
Elsewhere, Atlanta’s other home game will be on Oct. 10 against DeMar DeRozan and the San Antonio Spurs. It will, of course, be interesting to see how the new coaching regime approaches preseason from a deployment perspective but, at the very least, the Hawks will be taking the floor in some form on five preseason occasions in October, with two of them taking place within the city limits.
Here is the full list of games with all available information:
- Monday, Oct. 1 - 7:30 pm ET - Hawks vs. Pelicans (McCamish Pavilion)
- Friday, Oct. 5 - 8:00 pm ET - Hawks at Grizzlies (FedEx Forum) - FSSE, 92.9 The Game
- Sunday, Oct. 7 - 3:00 pm ET - Hawks at Thunder (Bank of Oklahoma Center)
- Wednesday, Oct. 10 - 7:30 pm ET - Hawks vs. Spurs (McCamish Pavilion) - FSSE, 92.9 The Game
- Friday, Oct. 12 - 8:00 pm ET - Hawks at Heat (American Airlines Center) - FSSE