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Last year, the Atlanta Hawks announced their preseason schedule on August 19 and regular season schedule the following day. It is safe to assume that Hawks fans will get to unpack both schedules for the 2022-23 campaign this week. 

The NBA immediately capitalized on the exciting 2021 playoff series between New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks by scheduling a Christmas Day contest between the budding rivals. It was the Hawks first game on Christmas since 1989.

Unfortunately, Trae Young's highly-anticipated return to Madison Square Garden was delayed due to the All-Star point guard testing positive for Covid on December 19, 2021. It was far from the contest the league had hoped for when they scheduled the matchup for its nationally-televised noon eastern timeslot.

Both the Hawks and the Knicks regressed last season. Luckily, the Hawks still made the playoffs. Plus, they added another All-Star in Dejounte Murray this offseason. Will that be enough to get the Hawks back on Christmas Day? We will find out soon. In the meantime, below are five intriguing matchups that we would like to see on the major holiday.

Feb 6, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shakes hands with Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) after the game at the American Airlines Center.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant reacts after his team makes a shot.
Apr 19, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) controls the ball around Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (12) during the first half in game two of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at FTX Arena.
New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin (1) dunks in the second quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden.

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