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The 2021 NCAA men’s and women’s National Semifinals are set, and Spring is officially here: Thursday is MLB Opening Day, bringing a marathon of games with all 30 teams in action.

Making Headlines

NCAAM: No. 11 UCLA became the second-ever First Four participant to advance to the Final Four when it upset Michigan 51-49. Also: Gonzaga steamrolled USC 85-66 to reach its second Final Four.

NCAAW: UConn’s Paige Bueckers became the first freshman to win AP Player of the Year. South Carolina advanced to the Final Four along with Stanford.

NFL: Owners approved an enhanced 17-game regular-season schedule that will end Jan. 9.

Tonight’s Action

Mavericks at Celtics

Watch: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Odds: Celtics -1 || O/U 222.5

Pick: Boston is playing the second of a seven-game homestand, while Dallas is in the midst of a five-game road trip. Celtics All-Star Jaylen Brown is questionable with a hip injury. 

Luka Doncic torched the Celtics with 31 points in an earlier meeting this season. Sports Section looks for more of the same, so take the Mavs +1 and the over.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Mavericks-Celtics winner, final score, and the leading scorer in the game. 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 of UCLA-Michigan, final score, and leading scorer.

UCLA won 51-49 behind Johnny Juzang’s game-high 28 points.

A split-decision for Sports Section, as we had the Wolverines winning but were on top of the under-136.

Subscriber Sergio Del Pardo was all over it, predicting a UCLA win and Juzang as the high scorer. Nice job, Sergio!

Keep the picks coming, everyone!