Atlanta Hawks: 2015-2016 NBA Schedule Unveiled

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Oct 22, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) moves the ball against the defense of Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap (4) during the second half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

December 12th Spurs @ Hawks

Mike Budenholzer vs. Gregg Popovich! The Hawks essentially look in a mirror and meet the original version of themselves. Can the pupil outcoach the teacher? Will Tiago Splitter actually be healthy when the time comes to take on his former team? LaMarcus Aldridge also gets to take on the mini-version of himself in Paul Millsap. This is basketball perfection, visually speaking. I can just see the passes whipping around the perimeter, the corner three-point daggers, and Tim Duncan sealing off his defender before ending a possession with a delicate one-handed slam dunk.

January 18th, Magic @ Hawks

This is a special day on the NBA calendar. Martin Luther King Jr. day. It only seems right that a place that was an important part of the Civil Rights Era, Atlanta, hosts a game on this day of celebration and remembrance. Not to mention this should be a pretty fun game. On paper, the Magic look like an exciting young team that could make a run at the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo are athletes and ferocious defenders on the perimeter, Mario Hezonja thinks he is the best player in the NBA and may actually be insane (in a good way), Nikola Vucevic is a double-double machine, Aaron Gordon is a lock-down defender in the making, and Tobias Harris game into his own as a do everything scorer last season. Orlando figures to be a pesky team nipping at the heels of Atlanta and Miami next season. That should make for intense contests all season between these teams, and January 18th should be no different.

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