In the last of the series of dives in the Atlanta Hawks‘ schedule, we take a look at the month of April. As it is at the end of the season, there are only five games but that does not mean that it is going to be an easy month for the Hawks. What it will do is warm the Hawks up for the playoffs.
While the NBA was petty with their scheduling of the Hawks in January, they were brutal with their April schedule. Of the five games that the Hawks play in April, only one of them is not against a playoff team from last season.
That is the second night of a back-to-back when they take on the Washington Wizards. The first night is an away game against the Chicago Bulls before they travel back to State Farm Arena for the Wizards game. Even the relatively easy game for the month has been made very difficult.
Is there any relief for the Atlanta Hawks in the month of April?
The is a slight level of relief for the Hawks in that they have three of the five games at home, but as mentioned earlier, the back-to-back nullifies some of that advantage. However, one positive to take out of the month is that the Hawks will be ready for playoff basketball.
Their first opponent for the month is the Dallas Mavericks at State Farm. The Mavericks made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals last season so they are a team not to be taken lightly. There is also the Luka Doncic/Trae Young rivalry. Then comes the back-to-back with the Bulls and the Wizards.
If the Hawks are not prepared for the playoffs, then the last two games of the month will get them there. The first one is the final home game against the Philadelphia 76ers which has become a wonderful rivalry for the Hawks. Then they travel to take on the Boston Celtics in their final game of the season which may have playoff implications.