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The Draft


The three best words this time of year: Welcome to March.

Making Headlines

Golf: Players on the PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tours wore red and black on Sunday to support Tiger Woods, who tweeted his appreciation.

NFL: Former Texans defensive end J.J. Watt announced — via a T-shirt photo with caption “source: me” — that he will sign with the Arizona Cardinals. Also: The Washington Football Team is expected to release quarterback Alex Smith, according to multiple reports.

NCAAM: Gonzaga remains No. 1, while Michigan leapfrogged Baylor at No. 2 in the men’s basketball rankings. Illinois entered the top four.

Tonight’s Action

Brooklyn Nets at San Antonio Spurs, 8:30 p.m. ET

Odds: Nets -5 || O/U 233.5

Pick: The Spurs are 6-4 in their last 10 and have DeMar DeRozan back in the lineup. Brooklyn is still without Kevin Durant, but Kyrie Irving is slated to return after sitting out the Nets’ last game. The Nets haven’t won in San Antonio since Jan. 22, 2002, a span of 17 consecutive games. 

We like a streak-buster. Lay the points, and don’t overthink the over.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Nets-Spurs winner, final score, and combined points for the Nets’ James Harden and Kyrie Irving. Nail it, and you get a mention in the next edition of Sports Section. Don’t forget to include your Twitter handle. 

Shoutout: On Friday, we asked subscribers to predict the winner, score, and leading scorer of Pacers-Celtics. The Celtics won 118-112 behind Kemba Walker’s game-high 32. We hope you took Sports Section’s advice and laid the points with the Celtics. We admit we swung and missed on the under 218.5.

Subscriber John Hardy (@johncyclejohn) came closest to the winning score (no one had Walker), predicting a 110-100 Boston win. Nice work, John!

Keep the picks coming!