It was a pretty slow night overall in the sports world last night. Sure there was NHL and some college hoops, but there was some news off the fields, courts, and ice…
The NBA offseason has been super-compressed by the lockout and news has ranged from odd, to strange, to down-right laughable (yes, David Stern, we’re looking at you). My fellow ex-Bostonian Bill Simmons summed it up well in his column which is a must-read for any LA or basketball fan…The NBA has issues to be sure, but it’ll be welcomed back to fill these slow nights where a full slate of hoops would be a welcome diversion…
To catch up on the meaningful baseball moves come back later this morning for today’s edition of the hit-and-run where we’ll look back at the moves that teams have made since the winter meetings and the impact those moves will have on the upcoming season. Then this afternoon we’ll have a few more of the bowl breakdowns up and ready for consumption.
As far as on the field, court, and ice action, check out my daily Streak for the Cash picks after the jump…STREAK FOR THE CASH PICKS
Yesterday’s board was full of danger and trap games I told you, but I was unable to avoid the trap myself and lost my 5 game winning streak when Mississippi State couldn’t close out FAU by 15. They won, but only by 7 and my streak went down to L1. That’s where I start the day today, but here’s how I plan on gettin’ it turned around:
1:00-Lazio win: The Italian squad with a 8-4-2 record challenge the Portuguese team Sporting Lisbon who currently are 8-2-2 and sit 3rd in La Liga. This is a tough one to call, since Lisbon won when the 2 clubs met perviously in this competition, but I think this time the Romans will come out on top. The 2 reasons I’m going this way are 1-Lazio are 2-1-0 in European play at home and 2-Lisbon has already qualified for the next round while Lazio need an outright win (draw is probably no good to them) and some help to advance. Since they’re at home and have everything to play for against a team that has nothing to play for I’ll take Lazio with a confidence level of 2 out of 5, but it does scare me to give up the draw.
7:30-Chicago Blackhawks: The Wild are on the back half of a brutal back-to-back as they face the Blackhawks after losing yesterday in Winnipeg. The ‘Hawks should be much more rested (not playing since Sunday) and have won 6 of the last 8 games between these 2 teams. When you add in that Chicago is 6-1-1 over their last 8, Chicago is definitely the pick. Both teams are red hot and sit atop the Western Conference; it should be a great hockey game. I expect it to be physical, close, and feel like a playoff game so I’ll take the team with the playoff success and take the Blackhawks with a CL: 3
10:30-Eastern Washington lose by single digits or win-If I win both the earlier games I’ll probably call it a night before this matchup, but if you are going to pick (which I will if I’m W1 or less) UCLA is not the pick here. They definitely have the name recognition but are in the midst of a dreadful start to the season. They’re 3-5 and won their last contest against Penn (yes, the Ivy League one) by only 4. The Bruins have lost to such powerhouses as Loyola-Marymount and Middle Tennessee. You know Eastern Washington will be up for this one as they roll into LA with a chance to beat the big boys. They’ve started the season pretty well with a close loss to ranked Gonzaga and wins at Hawaii and Idaho. Of their 4 losses, 2 were close and 2 were double digits. It’s no sure thing, but I’ll take them to hang with UCLA with a CL of 2 out of 5.
current streak: L1 (longest winning streak of the month was 8)
record for the month: 21-11