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We just have to make it to Sunday for The Great American Race. And Valentine’s Day. We’ll let you decide what to get cozy with this weekend.

Making Headlines

MLB: Right-handed pitcher Walker Buehler avoided arbitration by signing a two-year, $8 million contract with the Dodgers, according to multiple reports.

NBA: The Toronto Raptors announced they will play the remainder of their home games in Tampa “because of ongoing border restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

NASCAR: Alex Bowman secured the pole for Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Tonight’s Action

Philadelphia 76ers at Portland Trail Blazers

Watch: 10 p.m. ET, TNT

Odds: 76ers -5.5 || O/U 229.5

Pick: Two of the NBA’s top scorers will be on display at the Moda Center. Damian Lillard averages 29.4 points per game and MVP candidate Joel Embiid averages 29.1 and 11 rebounds. Philly has been shooting the lights out from the field and comes in with wins in eight of its last 10. We like the Sixers to keep rolling in a high-scoring affair so lay the reasonable number and take the over. 

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the 76ers-Blazers winner, final score and leading scorer. Nail it and you get a mention in the next edition of Sports Section. Don’t forget to include your Twitter handle. 

Shoutout: Yesterday, we asked subscribers to predict the winner, score and first goal-scorer of Maple Leafs-Canadiens. Toronto won 4-2 and Josh Anderson of Montreal scored first. We crown a rare double-winner! Subscriber Matt Jeske was on top of it, picking a Leafs 4-3 victory and Anderson. Very impressive, Matt!

Keep the picks coming!