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The Draft


This weekend is chock-full of headline-grabbing games and two marquee annual events — the Daytona 500 and Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Plus, meet the first guest in our new “Friday Conversation” series.

Making Headlines

NFL: Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt announced he was granted his release from the Texans. Also: Tom Brady will have minor knee surgery, per multiple reports.

Australian Open: Top-seed Novak Djokovic said he may have to withdraw due to injury. Also: Nick Kyrgios blew a 2-0 set lead toNo. 2 Dominic Thiem, Rafael Nadal advanced, and Serena Williams, Simona Halep, and Naomi Osaka each advanced to the women’s fourth round. 

Tonight’s Action

Milwaukee Bucks at Utah Jazz, 9 p.m. ET

Odds: Jazz -2.5 || O/U 234.5

Pick: In a possible NBA Finals preview, Giannis Antetokounmpo leads Eastern Conference power Milwaukee into Utah, where the Jazz are on top of the West. Utah is 10-2 at home and 9-1 overall in its last 10 games. Giannis is coming off a 47-point performance in the Bucks’ 125-124 loss to the Suns on Wednesday night. In the first meeting between the teams on Jan. 8, the Jazz prevailed 131-118. Look for more of the same — take the Jazz by a bucket and the over.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Bucks-Jazz 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 high scorer in the 76ers-Trail Blazers game. Portland won 118-114 and Joel Embiid had a game-high 35 for Philly.

No one had the Blazers (including Sports Section; whoops, at least we nailed the over). But kudos to Michael Alper (@mikealper) for predicting Embiid would lead all scorers.

Keep the picks coming!