April 4, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) dunks the ball over Washington Wizards power forward Brian Cook (43) in the first half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Streak for the Cash Picks, April 17


It’s a straightforward day on ESPN’s Streak for the Cash. There’s not a prop in site as we get 14 straight-up head-to-head matchups. The matchups range from the pitch in Munich, Germany where Real Madrid will visit Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League, to Miller Park where the Brew-Crew host the Dodgers, and to the Staples Center where the Lakers and Spurs meet in another hardcourt showdown out West. Lots of options, none of them super obvious or super quick, so do some research (or flip a coin) and choose wisely.

July 20, 2011; Carson, CA, USA; Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (center) is congratulated by teammates following a 3-0 win against CD Guadalajara at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Yesterday’s Streak started poorly for me as I dropped my 2 early picks, but after a prop coin flip with the XBH in the 8th in NY and the Phillies win in San Francisco, I’m up to another W2 to start off this Tuesday. Here’s how I’m hoping to find some more green:

 

2:45-Real Madrid win or draw: Obviously in the Champions League Semis, these are 2 of the best soccer teams out there. Read Madrid never gets the draw unless their playing at Barcelona. In this cane they visit Munich to face off against one of the better German home teams there is, but getting the draw they are just too good to go against. Confidence Meter: 4 (out of 10)

7:05-Indiana Pacers: The Pacers are one of the hottest teams in the NBA having won 9 of 10 games this month and their last 5 in a row. They played last night against Minnesota and crushed them so quickly that no starter had to play more than 26 minutes. Meanwhile, the quickly fading Sixers were losing in Orlando (when I picked them to win) even though the Magic were extremely depleted up front. The Sixers were great at home early in the year, but they’ve struggled everywhere lately. They’ve lost their last 3 at home including games against the Raptors and Nets. 2 teams going in opposite directions meet in Philly, and I’m going against one of my mantras for the NBA this year, “Never take a team on the road on the 2nd night of a back-to-back.” I’ll take the Pacers-Confidence Meter: 5

10:15-San Francisco Giants: Phlipping on the Phillies in this game (I took them last night for green). I don’t trust their offense against the now-rich Madison Bumgarner who just signed a lucrative deal. He’s 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA in his first 2 starts and he’ll face off with Joe Blanton who also looked good in his last start. Blanton is 0-1 with a 4.03 ERA in 4 trips to SF in his career, and I think the Giants offense will be able to get Bumgarner just enough to get him the W here. Confidence Meter: 6

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