The Atlanta Hawks have an incredibly difficult time when the calendar ticks over to the year 2023. Their January would rank as one of the most difficult months of the entire season for any team. If the Hawks come out of the month with a winning record then they must be considered contenders. A lot will rely on how Trae Young and Dejounte Murray mesh on the court.
Fortunately for the Hawks, their February is a lot nicer, having a week off for the All-Star break certainly helps that. However, if the franchise and the fanbase want an easy March before the playoffs they are going to be sorely disappointed.
March starts with a home game against the Portland Trail Blazers which is the last of a five-game homestand. Then they are back on the road again for a four-game road swing. For the month the Hawks are on the road for seven games, meaning that they play eight at home. They are playing nine Eastern Conference opponents compared to six Western Conference.
The Atlanta Hawks’ March schedule is a weird one.
So, of the four-game road trip at the start of the month, they play the Miami Heat twice in three nights on their home floor. They then travel to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Wizards in exactly the same format. This is the only long road trip in between two home stands.
However, the first matchup against the Heat is the second night of the Hawks’ first back-to-back for the month. They have four of them after having no more than two in a month earlier on in the season. The next one is then after the Wizards’ second game before coming home to host the Boston Celtics the next night.
The third back-to-back is a home and away, hosting the Detroit Pistons before traveling to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The final back-to-back is at the start of their final homestand. They host the Indiana Pacers on the first night and then the Memphis Grizzlies on the second night.
This means that all four of the second parts of the back-to-backs come against playoff teams from last season. This is half of the eight games for the month that the Hawks play against playoff teams from last season. The result of these eight games could go a long way to determining where the Hawks finish in the standings.