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FOR MAY 1, 2017

Curry and Favored

The race for the Larry O'Brien Trophy is on, and if the first round of the NBA playoffs is any indication, it's going to be a hairy contest. It's been business as usual for LeBron James and the powerhouse Cavs, but a struggle for Isaiah Thomas's Celtics. And Steph Curry's Warriors are facing injuries—Kevin Durant's left calf and coach Steve Kerr's back. That could open up an opportunity for James Harden and the Rockets if they stay hot on threes, says SI's Rob Mahoney. SI's NBA team is grading all the playoff action. For their complete analysis, go to SI.com/nba.

Pick 'Em Game

Hope springs eternal at the NFL draft, with every team dreaming of landing the piece needed to launch a Super Bowl run. The big prize is defensive end Myles Garrett, of course, but SI's writers will introduce you to some of the lesser-known prospects who could make a difference in the NFL. Pete Thamel talks with Greg Ward Jr., the University of Houston quarterback trying to make the pros as a receiver, and Lindsay Schnell profiles Cooper Kupp, the Eastern Washington star out to prove he can shine against tougher competition. Before the real thing starts, check out Peter King's Mock Draft, and as the first round kicks off, tune in to SI.com for live analysis of each selection. Once the picks are in, get extensive breakdowns of each team's moves at SI.com/nfl.