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2012 NBA Playoffs: Atlanta Claims Home Court For Celtics Series, Game One Sunday

The Atlanta Hawks finished the season strong, taking seven of their last 10 games, and their reward will be home court advantage in a first-round series against the Atlantic Division champion Boston Celtics.

The Hawks (40-26) and Boston (39-27) have faced off in the playoffs only once since 1988, a 2008 series in which an 8th seeded Atlanta pushed the soon-to-be Finals winning Celtics to seven games. This Hawks squad is a good deal more seasoned than that one, but won't have center Al Horford available unless they advance further into the playoffs.

The full series schedule is as follows:

GAME 1 (Sunday, April 29, in Atlanta) - 7 ET (TNT)

GAME 2 (Tuesday, May 2, in Atlanta) - 7:30 ET (NBA TV)

GAME 3 (Friday, May 4, in Boston) - 7:30 ET (ESPN2)

GAME 4 (Sunday, May 6 in Boston) - 7 ET (TNT)

GAME 5 (Tuesday, May 8 in Atlanta) - TBD (TV to be determined)

GAME 6 (Thursday, May 10 in Boston) - TBD (TV to be determined)

GAME 7 (Saturday, May 12 in Atlanta) - TBD (TNT)

For more on the Hawks, visit Peachtree Hoops and SB Nation Atlanta. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.