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We’re all-in on the NBA play-ins. A marquee doubleheader kicks off six massive games in four days.

Making Headlines

NCAA: Unseeded Marshall stunned Indiana in overtime to win its first men’s NCAA soccer championship. Also: Santa Clara won its second women’s soccer title with a penalty shootout victory over Florida State.

MLB: The Yankees’ Gerrit Cole set a major league record with 61 consecutive strikeouts without issuing a walk. Also: The White Sox improved to an MLB-best 25-15 with their 16-4 throttling of the Twins.

NHL: The Hurricanes and Avalanche each took 1-0 first-round series leads.

Tonight’s Action

Hornets at Pacers

Watch: 6:30 p.m. ET, TNT

Odds: Pacers -1.5 || O/U 226.5

Pick: The Hornets won two of three regular-season meetings between the teams, but Sports Section likes the Pacers to prevail at home. Lay the points and take the under.

Who ya got? Reply to this newsletter with your prediction of the Pacers-Hornets winner, the 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 Capitals-Bruins, the final score, and the first goal-scorer of the game. Boston won 4-3 in overtime. The Bruins’ Jake DeBrusk was the first to find the back of the net.

Subscriber John Hardy (@johncyclejohn) had the Bruins and was closest to the final score. No one foresaw DeBrusk scoring first. Nice job, John!

Keep the picks coming, everyone!

Comments? Suggestions? You can reach me at chris.kuc@thedraftmag.com or follow me on Twitter.