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The Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors have been the two best teams in the NBA all season. Unfortunately, the first of their two meetings was not shown on national television, with the Hawks winning on their home court. The two teams play their rematch on March 18 at ORACLE Arena, and this time the nation will get to watch with ESPN adding the contest to its Wednesday night schedule.

The game is slated for a 10:30 p.m. ET tip-off and can also be seen on the WatchESPN app. The selection is mercifully replacing the Washington Wizards at Utah Jazz. ESPN also announced that it’s adding the Indiana Pacers at Memphis Grizzlies on April 15, bumping the Denver Nuggets and Warriors. The Charlotte Hornets at Toronto Raptors game will be moved that evening to a 7 p.m. ET start to accommodate the scheduling switch.

This is a smart move by ESPN, which traditionally goes for the huge markets at all costs. A good example is the Los Angeles Lakers, who have been getting tons of love from both the Worldwide Leader and TNT all year long, despite being absolutely atrocious. Golden State and Atlanta are exciting, offensively explosive teams which will both be the top seeds in their respective conferences barring some sort of disaster.

Additionally, there is no better place to watch a game than Golden State. The building rocks, something all basketball fans can look forward to this postseason.


About Matt Verderame

Matt Verderame, 26, is a New Yorker who went to school at the frozen tundra of SUNY Oswego. After graduating, Verderame has worked for Gannett and SB Nation among other ventures.

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