Monday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports weekend

13) Baseball’s trade deadline is 4pm Monday; San Diego Padres were active this weekend, adding 1B Mitch Moreland from Boston, and revamping their catching corps, adding Austin Nola from Seattle, Jason Castro from the Angels.

12) Why did the Padres add two catchers this weekend?

Going into Sunday’s games, San Diego catchers were hitting .140 this year. Not good.

Cleveland’s catchers are doing even worse, hitting .118.

11) Braves 12, Phillies 10- Atlanta scored 10 runs in the 2nd inning, Phillies scored seven times in the 3rd inning. Not much pitching anywhere to be found in this one. Atlanta traded for Tommy Milone, who struggled to hold a 10-0 lead. No bueno.

10) LSU’s star WR Ja’Marr Chase caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 TD’s LY; he has opted out of this year’s college football season, a big blow for the Bayou Bengals.

9) Sunday in Cincinnati, the three Cubs’ outfielders hit two home runs each; that had never been done before, ever in the major leagues.

8) Mets did something Friday they’ll probably never do again; they hit a walk-off home run in the Bronx. The nightcap of Friday/Sunday doubleheaders were makeup games from games that were cancelled because of COVID- the Mets were the home teams for those games.

When Amed Rosario hit his walk-off homer Friday, lot of people didn’t know the game was over, including some of the players/announcers.

7) Dodgers are only team that hasn’t lost a series yet this season.

6) I picked up Orioles’ 2B-3B Hanser Alberto on my fantasy team three weeks ago; he drives me crazy, has no concept of the strike zone, but he can hit. Reminds me a lot of Manny Sanguillen, the Pirates’ catcher from their really good teams in the 70’s. They’re liable to swing at anything.

5) Teams that struggle in the NBA playoffs:
— Portland has made the playoffs 36 times, lost in first round 25 times.
— Indiana has made the NBA playoffs 27 times, lost in first round 19 times.

4) Denver 119, Utah 107 (series 3-3)
— Jamal Murray is first player since Michael Jordan in 1993 with three straight games of 40+ points in a playoff game. He had 50 in this game, which forces series to a 7th game.
— Adding some spice to this series is that Murray went to Kentucky, Utah star Donovan Mitchell went to Louisville. Mitchell scored 44 in this game.
— Utah’s uniforms are incredibly ugly.

3) Clippers 111, Dallas 97 (LA wins series 4-2)
— Kawhi Leonard had 33 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals.
— Luka Doncic scored 38, but the other four Dallas starters shot a combined 15-46.

2) Boston 112, Toronto 94 (Celtics lead 1-0)
— Raptors were 10-40 behind the arc; that not good.
— Boston turned ball over 22 times (-8), but they were 17-39 on the arc.

1) If the baseball playoffs started today (they do not):
AL East- Tampa Bay, New York
AL Central- Cleveland, Chicago
AL West- Oakland, Houston
AL Wild Cards- Minnesota, Toronto

NL East- Atlanta, Mia/Phil
NL Central- Chicago, St Louis
NL West- Los Angeles, San Diego
NL Wild Cards- Colorado, Mia/Phil

Sunday’s Den: Random thoughts on a summer day

13) I’m a big fan of the Showtime series Ray Donovan, which stars Liev Schrieber; the Donovan family is from Boston in that show, so Schrieber’s character talks with a Boston accent.

I had no idea until a few months ago that Schrieber also does voice-overs for HBO’s Hard Knocks and other sports specials. That voice doesn’t have a Boston accent. Go figure.

12) There is talk of major league baseball going to a bubble format for the playoffs; American League bubbles would be in LA, San Diego. National League bubbles would be in the two Texas ballparks. World Series is rumored to be headed to the Rangers’ new ballpark in Arlington.

11) Toronto 5, Baltimore 0— Blue Jays’ acquisition of Taijuan Walker pays immediate dividends; he blanked the Orioles for six innings to get the win in Buffalo.

10) A’s acquired utility guy Tommy LaStella from the Angels this week; I’m guessing he will see some time at both 1B, 3B, to let Matt Chapman, Matt Olson get some days off from the field as the playoffs approach- they would probably still DH on those days.

Marcus Semien left Saturday’s game with a side injury, so Chapman will play SS and they will fill in with other guys at 3B for now.

9) Right now, the Phillies are a playoff team; they’re 13-4 when they score 5+ runs, 1-10 when they score fewer than five runs.

8) We talked a couple weeks ago about a pitcher named Chad Bell who was struggling so badly in the KBO that it was painful to watch. It took him 77 pitches to get thru three innings in the game I described. It almost looked like he had the yips about throwing a baseball.

Since then, Bell has turned things around; in three starts since that game, Bell is 2-0, 0.47, allowing one run in 19 innings. Good for him.

7) Bucks 118, Magic 104 (Milwaukee wins series 4-1)
— Game was 67-50 at the half; not a lot of resistance from Orlando.
— Milwaukee plays Miami in the next round.

6) Lakers 131, Portland 122 (Lakers win series 4-1)
— Lakers scored 117.2 ppg in this series.
— LA plays the winner of the Rockets-Thunder series.

5) Rockets 114, Thunder 80 (Houston leads series 3-2)
— Houston outscored OKC 37-18 in third quarter.
— It was such an easy win, Rockets took more 2-point shots than 3-pointers.

4) Golf trivia; Last time a non-major was won by a guy who shot over par for the week was the 1981 Byron Nelson Classic, when Bruce Lietzke won with a score of +1.

3) RIP to the great basketball coach Lute Olson, who passed away this week at age 85.

Olson built a great program from next-to-nothing at Arizona, leading the Wildcats to three Final Fours and the 1997 national title. He also led Iowa to the 1980 Final Four.

RIP to actor Chadwick Boseman, 43; he passed away this week after a 4-year bout with cancer. I remember him from his role as the linebacker who unexpectedly got drafted first by the Cleveland Browns in the movie Draft Day. 43 is way too young to go. RIP, sir.

2) I am seriously tired of being asked for money; animal rights groups, politicians, kids’ groups, groups that fight diseases, you name it. Seems like once you contribute to something, your name gets put on a suckers’ list and they spread that list around. Please go away.

1) If the baseball playoffs started today (they do not):
AL East- Tampa Bay, New York
AL Central- Minnesota, Chicago
AL West- Oakland, Houston
AL Wild Cards- Minnesota, Toronto

NL East- Atlanta, Mia/Phil
NL Central- Chicago, Milwaukee
NL West- Los Angeles, San Diego
NL Wild Cards- Colorado, Mia/Phil

Saturday’s Den: ACC football notes

ACC football notes:
Clemson
— 5 starters back on offense, 6 on defense.
— Last three years, they’re 22-12-2 ATS as a favorite.
— Tigers won five of last seven postseason games.
— Offensive line this year has only 17 returning starters.

Florida State
— 7 starters back on offense, 10 on defense.
— Seminoles are 18-20 the last 3 years; from 2010-16, they were 78-17.
— Last four years, FSU is 9-12 ATS as a home favorite.
— Florida State is 5-8 ATS in last 13 games as an underdog.

Louisville
— 8 starters back on offense, 8 on defense.
— Cardinals covered once in last 8 games as a road underdog.
— Last four years, Louisville is minus-19 in turnovers.
— Cardinals’ top seven RB’s from LY are all back.

NC State
— 10 starters back on offense, 5 on defense.
— Under Doeren, State is 5-10 ATS as a home underdog.
— Last three years, State is 3-9 ATS outside the ACC.
— Wolfpack split its last four bowls, which were all decided by 21+ points.

Wake Forest
— 3 starters back on offense, 8 on defense.
— Last five years, Deacons are 13-6 ATS as a road underdog.
— Under Clawson, Wake Forest is 1-6 ATS as a road favorite.
— Wake are 3-1 in bowls the last four years; all four games were decided by 8 or fewer points.

Boston College
— 6 starters back on offense, 9 on defense.
— New coach Hafley was a DB coach in the NFL for 7 years.
— Last five years, BC is 7-10 ATS as a home favorite.
— Last six years, Eagles are 14-4-1 ATS as a road underdog.

Syracuse
— 7 starters back on offense, 4 on defense.
— Syracuse won its last four bowls; their last bowl loss was in 2004.
— Under Babers, Orange is 10-7 ATS as a road underdog.
— Last two seasons, Syracuse is +22 in turnovers.

North Carolina
— 10 starters back on offense, 7 on defense.
— Last five years, Tar Heels are 7-4 ATS as road favorites.
— Last two years, underdogs are 9-2 ATS in UNC home games.
— In his career, Mack Brown is 15-8 in bowl games; UNC won its bowl 55-13 LY.

Miami
— 8 starters back on offense, 5 on defense.
— Miami is 13-13 SU last two years; the natives are restless.
— Miami’s offensive line has 114 career starts returning.
— Hurricanes lost their last three bowls; they were outscored 49-3 in last two bowls, losing 14-0 to Louisiana Tech LY.

Virginia Tech
— 8 starters back on offense, 10 on defense.
— This is their most experienced OL in years; 115 career starts.
— Under Fuente, Hokies are 5-2 ATS as a road underdog.
— Tech lost its last three bowls, allowing 30-35-37 points.

Pittsburgh
— 8 starters back on offense, 7 on defense.
— Last six years, Pitt is 10-17-1 ATS as a home favorite.
— Last five years, Panthers are 14-7 ATS as a road underdog.
— Pitt beat Eastern Michigan 34-30 in a bowl LY, ending a 4-game bowl losing skid.

Virginia
— 7 starters back on offense, 8 on defense.
— Virginia’s OL has 119 returning starts; all 5 starters are upperclassmen.
— Last two years, Virginia is 7-3 ATS outside the ACC.
— Cavaliers lost four of their last five bowl games (3-2 ATS, all as an underdog)

Duke
— 7 starters back on offense, 7 on defense.
— Duke won its last three bowls, scoring 44-36-56 points.
— Last five years, Blue Devils are 8-14 ATS as a home favorite.
— Since 2013, Duke is 25-8 ATS outside the ACC.

Georgia Tech
— 9 starters back on offense, 10 on defense.
— Tech covered once in last nine games as a home underdog.
— Last five years, Yellow Jackets are 2-8 ATS as a road favorite.
— Tech has 123 returning starts on the offensive line. 

Friday’s Den; Trends, notes for SEC football teams

SEC football notes
West
Alabama:
— 7 starters back on offense, 5 on defense.
— 12-7 ATS in last 19 games as a home favorite.
— 5-2 in last seven bowls (both losses to Clemson)
— Last five years, they’re +58 in turnovers.

Arkansas:
— 8 starters back on offense, 6 on defense.
— Last three years, Razorbacks are 8-28 SU. 
— Since 2015, they’re 8-12 ATS as a home favorite.
— Haven’t been to a bowl game since 2016.

Auburn:
— 5 starters back on offense, 5 on defense.
— Since 2015, they’re 10-17-1 ATS as a home favorite.
— Malzahn is 2-5 SU in bowl games.
— Last two years, they’re +15 in turnovers.

LSU:
— 3 starters back on offense, 5 on defense.
— Won last three postseason games, scoring 48.3 ppg.
— Under Orgeron, they covered seven of eight games as an underdog.
— Since 2012, LSU is 17-21 ATS out of conference.

Ole Miss
— 8 starters back on offense, 5 on defense.
— Lane Kiffin is the new coach; this should be interesting.
— Rebels are 14-8 ATS in last 22 games as a road dog.
— Ole Miss is 6-10 ATS in last 16 non-conference games.

Mississippi State:
— 6 starters back on offense, 5 on defense.
— Mike Leach is the new coach; this should also be interesting.
— State failed to cover its last six tries as a road underdog.
— At Wazzu, Leach covered 17 of his last 25 games as a road dog.

Texas A&M:
— 8 starters back on offense, 9 on defense.
— Under Fisher, Aggies covered 11 of 14 games when favored.
— Average total in their last five bowls: 65.2.
— Fisher won seven of his nine bowl games.

East
Florida:
— 6 starters back on offense, 6 on defense.
— Gators covered 12 of last 17 games when favored.
— Scored 35.7 ppg in winning their last three bowls.
— Offensive line has 89 returning starts this season.

Georgia:
— 3 starters back on offense, 8 on defense.
— Since 2015, Dawgs are 11-19 ATS as a home favorite.
— Since ’14, Georgia is 17-12 ATS outside the SEC.
— Todd Monken is the new OC, which should help.

Kentucky:
— 8 starters back on offense, 7 on defense.
— Were 4-2 as a HF last year, after going 2-12 from 2016-18
— Last two years, they won their bowl game as an underdog.
— Offensive line has 84 returning starts this season.

Missouri:
— 4 starters back on offense, 7 on defense.
— Covered once in their last seven games as a road favorite.
— 8-4 in last 12 games as a home favorite.
— Last bowl win was in 2014.

South Carolina:
— 7 starters back on offense, 6 on defense.
— Covered 7 of last 9 games as a road underdog.
— Former Georgia QB Mike Bobo is their new OC.
— Finished under .500 three of last five years.

Tennessee:
— 9 starters back on offense, 8 on defense.
— Have 115 starts back on their offensive line; that’s a whole lot.
— Vols won their last four bowl games.
— Under Pruitt, they’re 6-2 ATS as a road underdog.

Vanderbilt:
— 5 starters back on offense, all 11 on defense.
— Have a new QB and only 48 returning starts on OL.
— Since 2017, they’re 5-8 ATS as a road underdog.
— Since 2017, they’re 2-8 ATS as a home underdog.

Monday’s Den: Thoughts on basketball, and other stuff……..

Allow me a minute here to pat myself on the back; I don’t do this very often, but in this case, I think it is deserved.

On one of the NBA games Sunday, they were talking about plus-minus as a mainstream stat and I felt ten feet tall. There was a time a long time ago where plus-minus got me laughed at.

My work study job in college (1977-82) was keeping stats for football/basketball games for our college team at Albany. My real love is basketball, and I’ve always tried to come up with different metrics to help the coaches I worked for measure their team. In short, I was a basketball nerd way before it was a profitable enterprise. My timing hasn’t always been the greatest.

One day we were driving back from a football game, and I was thinking about the upcoming basketball season; someone in the car was talking about hockey, and mentioned a player’s plus-minus. Plus/minus is the score of the game while that player was on the ice, minus any goals scored while someone had a man advantage. Plus/minus was and still is a big NHL stat.

Suddenly it dawned on me; why not do this for basketball? Why couldn’t each player have his own plus/minus for each game? So I started doing it; as far as I knew, no one else in America was using this as a basketball stat. Of course, I was wrong.

Philadelphia 76ers had a legendary stat guy named Harvey Pollack; he was doing plus-minus too, as part of his media package for 76ers games. I regret that I never got to meet Mr Pollack; I couldn’t learned a lot from him.

For one individual game, plus/minus can be misleading, but over the course of a season, it is a telling stat. Plus/minus for player combos is also a really good metric; some guys just mesh well together, and should be on the floor at the same time. Others should not be.

(Side note: the guy who subs in for the best player often suffers in plus/minus, since he doesn’t get to play with the best player).

Some of the best stuff that has happened in my life revolved around my work with basketball teams and statistics; U of Albany, Schenectady HS, Guilderland HS. Being a nerd is more fun than it looks like from the outside.

Elsewhere……..
9) I keep weird hours; I’m watching Korean baseball Saturday night/Sunday morning and I see on Twitter where someone is posting pics of horses getting ready to work out at Saratoga. To them, it was already Sunday morning. To me, it was still Saturday night.

8) Neighbors across the street must’ve had a hall of a party Saturday; before I went off to bed around 6am, I look out the window and there is a black Corvette parked diagonally on the lawn across the street. Pretty nice car to be parked like that.

7) Major league baseball season is roughly half-over; we’re also a week away from the trade deadline. Blue Jays acquired DH-type Daniel Vogelbach from Seattle. Toronto is 13-13, tied for the second Wild Card slot.

6) Tampa Bay Rays have eight different pitchers with a save this season; they also have nine pitchers on the Injured List.

NBA playoff games (all Game 4’s):
5) Dallas 135, Clippers 133 OT (series 2-2)
— Tremndous game; Dallas wins after trailing by 21 at one point.
— Luka Doncic is 3rd player in NBA postseason history with a 40-point, 15-rebound, 10-assist game, joining Charles Barkley (1993) and Oscar Robertson (1963)
— Last three games, Paul George is 10-47 from the floor.

4) Toronto 150, Brooklyn 122 (Raptors win, 4-0)
— Game was 77-68 at halftime.
— Toronto’s subs scored 100 points in this game. Their subs.
— Nets can begin their coaching search now.

3) Boston 110, Philadelphia 106 (Celtics win 4-0)
— Sixers were down a hoop when Tobias Harris was knocked out of the game.
— Natives are restless in Philly; hard to imagine coach Brown keeping his job.
— Kemba Walker led the Celtics with 32 points.

2) Utah 129, Denver 127 (Jazz lead 3-1)
— First playoff game ever where both teams had a guy score 50+ points.
— Joe Ingels played 35:00, didn’t score a point, but also didn’t have a turnover; he was +8
— Jamal Murray made 9-15 on the arc, scored 50 points in a losing cause.

1) If the baseball playoffs started today (they do not):
AL East- New York, Tampa Bay
AL Central- Minnesota, Cleveland
AL West- Oakland, Houston
AL Wild Cards- Chicago, Tor/Balt

NL East- Miami, Atlanta
NL Central- Chicago, St Louis
NL West- Los Angeles, San Diego
NL Wild Cards- Colo/NYM/SF

Thursday’s Den: Doing some thinking out loud……..

13) I’m thinking NBA refs must be loving these games in the bubble; not many people are there to yell at them, no rich people in the first row spilling their drinks on the floor, and if someone does yell at them, TV mikes pick up everything, so chances are the criticism is toned down.

12) These 7-inning games in doubleheaders take some getting used to; after watching 9-inning major league games for the last 55 years, a game is tied in the 5th inning, and I’m slow to realize that the game is in the late innings already.

11) In 2018-19, of the 277 hits that came on 3-0 counts, 86 of them were home runs. This season, 12 of the first 14 hits that came on 3-0 counts were homers.

10) Orioles’ catcher Chance Sisco batted leadoff the last couple of days for Baltimore; he is the first Orioles’ catcher to bat leadoff since June 26, 1985, when Floyd Rayford batted leadoff for the O’s.

9) This is the first time since 2003 that both #8-seeds upset both #1-seeds in the first game of the NBA playoffs.

8) Former Cubs’ SS Addison Russell is hitting .314 in his first 17 games for the Kiwoom Heroes in the KBO; Russell played in 82 games for the Cubs last year- he hit .242 in five big league seasons.

7) Things I learned watching TV: Rams’ QB Jared Goff throws a football right-handed, but plays golf left-handed.

6) Miami Marlins have two pitchers named Josh Smith; one is righty, one is lefty. They came in one after the other in their loss to the Mets Wednesday.

NBA playoff games (all Game 2’s):
5) Raptors 104, Nets 99 (Toronto leads series 2-0)
— Brooklyn led this game most of the way, was up 6 after three quarters.
— Three Nets’ subs who played were a combined minus-43.
— Norman Powell scored 24 off the bench for Toronto.

4) Utah 124, Denver 105 (series 1-1)
— Jazz made 20-44 shots behind the arc.
— Gobert/Mitchell were a combined 17-24 from the floor; Mitchell made six of his seven 3’s.
— Denver made 13-27 on the arc, after making 22-41 in Game 1; Jazz forced them off the arc more.

3) Celtics 128, 76ers 101 (Boston leads series 2-0)
— Boston outscored Sixers 71-42 in quarters 2-3.
— Tatum scored 33 for the Celtics, making 8-12 3’s.

2) Mavericks 127, Clippers 114 (series 1-1)
— Seth Curry was +30 in 26:00 off the Dallas bench.
— Doncic has 28 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists.
— Paul George was only 4-17 from the floor for LA.

1) If the baseball playoffs started today (they do not):
AL East- New York, Tampa Bay
AL Central- Minnesota, Cleveland
AL West- Oakland, Houston
AL Wild Cards- Baltimore, Chicago

NL East- Miami, Atlanta
NL Central- Chicago, Milwaukee
NL West- Los Angeles, Colorado
NL Wild Cards- San Diego, Arizona 

Monday’s Den: NFL knowledge for a summer day

13) Under Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings are 3-15-1 ATS (1-17-1 SU) when playing outdoors against a team with a winning record.
— Last three years, Vikings are 20-9 ATS as a favorite; last two years, they’re 3-7 as an underdog.
— Last year, Minnesota was +11 in turnovers, +20 in sacks, but they lost four of six games decided by 8 or fewer points.

12) From 1973-77, St Louis Cardinals went 42-29-1 under Don Coryell, who was a great coach. Redbirds have had 12 coaches since then; only one who had a winning record was Bruce Arians, who went 50-32-1 in the desert from 2013-17.

11) Seattle Seahawks were 10-2 last year in games decided by 8r or fewer points; Russell Wilson is a great QB who masks a lot of their team’s deficiencies- they were 4-0 in games decided by 3 or fewer points.
— Seattle was +12 in turnovers last year; their defense had 32 takeaways. 

10) Over last four years, Carolina Panthers are 9-16 ATS in divisional games.
— Panthers covered 11 of their last 16 home games.
— Carolina was #30 in NFL last year in $$$ spent on offensive line salaries.
— New QB this year, new coaches, who are also mostly new to the NFL. Could be a tough year for staffs like that.
— Trivia: Steve Beuerlein threw for 4,436 yards, 36 TD’s in 1999, both Carolina records.

9) Sean Payton has been head coach in New Orleans for 15 years; his DC Dennis Allen has been with the Saints six years, OC Pete Carmichael 12 years. Lot of continuity there.
— Last three years, Saints are 10-3 ATS as road favorites, 11-11 as home faves.
— Over is 13-3 in Saints’ last 16 road games.
— New Orleans was +15 in turnovers last year.

8) Baltimore Ravens were #1 last year in $$$ spent on defensive players, #30 on offensive players, which is influenced by their having a young QB. Lamar Jackson is going to break the bank pretty soon, which will help balance the scales somewhat.

7) Dallas Cowboys haven’t played in the NFC championship game since 1995; they’re 0-6 last six times they got to the divisional round of the playoffs.
— Dallas hired John Fassel as their new special teams coach, so that part of their team should improve this season.
— Cowboys spend the most $$$ in the NFL paying their offensive linemen.
— Last two years, Cowboys are 10-5 ATS at home.
— Only Cowboys coach ever with a losing record? Dave Campo went 15-33 from 2000-02.

6) Green Bay was +12 in turnovers LY; there were no return TD’s in their games LY, for or against them, which is unusual.
— Last Green Bay coach with a losing record? Lindy Infante went 24-40 from 1988-91.
— Packers went 6-0 in divisional games LY; they were 3-8-1 the previous two years.

5) Under Sean McVay, Rams are 35-17 the last three years.
— Rams are 21-14 ATS in last 35 games as a favorite.
— LA was +28 in sacks last year (50-22).
— This year, Rams have a new special teams coach, new defensive coordinator and a new QB coach (McVay is the real offensive coordinator)

4) Last four years, New Jersey Giants are 23-42; Joe Judge is their 4th head coach in six years.
— Giants are 1-10 ATS in last 11 games as a home underdog, 10-3 in last 13 as a road dog.
— Big Blue turned ball over 33 times LY, were -17 in turnovers. Jason Garrett’s job as HC is to turn Daniel Jones into an efficient NFL quarterback.
— Giants were 2-5 LY in games decided by 8 or fewer points.

3) Eagles covered 10 of their last 13 visits to play the Giants in New Jersey.
— Philly covered only one of its last six games with Dallas.
— Eagles covered five of their last six games with Washington.
— Last two years, Philly is 5-10 ATS at home.

2) Chicago Bears lost their last six season openers; last time they won an opener was 24-21 over the Bengals, in 2013.
— Bears were #31 in NFL last year, in $$$ spent on the offensive line.
— Chicago was #25 LY in $$ spent on offense, #4 on defense
— 11 of their games LY were decided by 8 or fewer points (6-5).
— In 1995, Erik Kramer threw for 3,838 yards, 29 TD’s, both single season franchise records.

1) Three years ago, Detroit fired coach Jim Caldwell, despite his 36-30 record; he was the first Lions’ HC with a winning record since Joe Schmidt (1967-72).
— In two years since firing Caldwell, Detroit is 9-22-1 under Matt Patricia.
— Lions were 3-8 LY in games decided by 8 or fewer points.
— Matthew Stafford has played 11 years in the NFL, is 0-3 in playoff games. 

Friday’s Den: My hypothetical all-time NBA 1-on-1 tournament

No seeding involved, tried to create interesting first round games

Pool A:
Lebron James vs Michael Jordan
Magic Johnson vs Larry Bird

Pool B:
Steph Curry vs Reggie Miller
Kobe Bryant vs Oscar Robertson

Pool C:
Pete Maravich vs Gary Payton
George Gervin vs Dwyane Wade

Pool D:
Julius Erving vs Kawhi Leonard
David Thompson vs Paul Pierce

Pool E:
Earl Monroe vs Walt Frazier
Russell Westbrook vs Kevin Durant

Pool F:
Kevin Garnett vs Karl-Anthony Towns
Charles Barkley vs Carmelo Anthony

Pool G:
Kareem Adbul-Jabbar vs Shaquille O’Neal
Bob Lanier vs Dirk Nowitzki

Pool H:
Bernard King vs Scottie Pippen
Billy Cunningham vs LaMarcus Aldridge

Pool I:
Dominique Wilkins vs Luka Doncic
Steve Nash vs Allen Iverson

Pool J:
Rick Barry vs Paul George
Jerry West vs Kyle Lowry

Pool K:
Connie Hawkins vs Dan Issel
Damian Lillard vs Clyde Drexler

Pool L:
Wilt Chamberlain vs Tim Duncan
Hakeem Olajuwon vs David Robinson

Pool M:
Nate Archibald vs Isiah Thomas
John Havlicek vs Alex English

Pool N:
Bill Russell vs Moses Malone
Artis Gilmore vs Patrick Ewing

Pool O:
Elvin Hayes vs Karl Malone
Giannis Antetokounmpo vs James Harden

Pool P:
George McGinnis vs James Worthy
Anthony Davis vs Joel Embiid