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By Marc Lawrence — From the Playbook NBA-Only Hoops Newsletter: The San Antonio Spurs are 0-4 SUATS in double-no-rest situations.

The Orlando Magic are 5-1 ATS in double-no-rest non-conference contests.

Disney’s cast of characters are also 5-0-1 ATS in this series when seeking revenge from a 25-point or worse loss.

With San Antonio 4-14 ATS in non-conference lashes on Mondays after playing on Sundays, look for the Magic Kingdom to come alive tonight.

Worst Kept Secret

This year’s No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft is pretty much a done deal.

In what is likely the NFL’s worst-kept secret, the Jacksonville Jaguars will select Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence once the draft starts in Cleveland on Thursday, April 22.

“I’d have to say that’s the direction we’re going,” head coach Urban Meyer told NBC Sports’ Peter King. “I’ll leave that up to the owner when we make that decision official. But I’m certainly not stepping out of line that that’s certainly the direction we’re headed.”

They had better. Lawrence and Meyer each appear on the front cover of the 2021 Playbook Football Preview Guide magazine (click here to view).

It’s such an obvious pairing. The 21-year-old is the best quarterback prospect to enter the NFL since 2012, when top pick Andrew Luck held up an Indianapolis Colts jersey.

Once Lawrence is in place, the Jaguars can start to build around the quarterback with their nine other picks. Rest assured, Lawrence is the reason Meyer is calling Jacksonville home these days.

To so see the needs of each of the other three teams residing in the AFC South click here.

Trending Today

2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama won the green jacket for the first time yesterday but is officially a two-time winner at Augusta National.

Matsuyama captured the 2011 Amateur title at the Masters when he joined Charl Schwartzel in Butler Cabin.

It was an event he contemplated not participating in, coming on the heels of the devastating tsunami that leveled his hometown in the Tohoku region, destroying 120,000 buildings and resulted in 13,000 deaths.

Matsuyama showed a lot of class when, with the encouragement of his parents, decided to attend in honor of Japan and even though his mind was preoccupied went on to win the Low Amateur championship at Augusta.

With his win in the 2021 Masters, he became the 7th Low Amateur winner to go on and adorn the famed green jacket.

On a side bar note – our heart goes out to Xander Schauffele, who after four straight birdies had pulled to within two strokes of Matsuyama with three holes to play before he suffered the first-ever triple bogey of his PGA career on the 16th hole at famed turtle creek.

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