Nov 29, 2012; Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Kevin Ollie talks with guard Ryan Boatright (11) and guard Shabazz Napier (13) during a break in the action against the New Hampshire Wildcats in the first half at the XL Center. UConn defeated the Wildcats 61-53. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Streak for the Cash Picks and Analysis, December 4

Georgetown Hoyas forward Otto Porter (22) and the Hoyas host Texas in one of the ESPN Streak for the Cash picks for tonight. Check out all my sports picks for today below. Photo by Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a tough start to the month on ESPN’s Streak for the Cash. There were four havey favorites that went down yesterday as 97.3% of Streakers had the Bucks who lost by 21 in New Orleans, 74.1% had the Giants who lost at Washington, 88.2% had Giannina who lost 2-1 in the Greek Super League,  and 89.5% had the Giants scoring a pair of TDs or more in the second half.

Even with the early setbacks, with so much month left to go there’s no reason for despair. Hopefully we can pick things up today with 15 picks on the board from the Kontinental Hockey League, UEFA, college basketball, and the NBA. Here’s my winners for today:

Streak Picks 12/4

10:30- Four or fewer: CSKA hosts Slovan Bratislava in the KHL over/under pick. CSKA had four goals in their last game which was also a home game and has been under this number in four of their last five games. Slovan has been under in two of their last three, but the last time these teams met it was five goals scored in regulation. It seems like this number is extremely well set and it could go either way but I’m leaning under. Confidence Meter: 3 (out of 10)

2:45- Borrussia Dortmund win: Dortmund is looking to take the group while Man City has struggled in international play. When these two teams met in Manchester they played to a 1-1 tie. Dortmund had won both their other home games: 1-0 over Ajax and 2-1 over Real Madrid. Confidence Meter: 6

2:45- FC Porto win/draw: Porto needs the win to guarantee a group win and their defense has been too good lately to expect PSG to score on them for the outright win. Porto won 1-0 in their earlier Champions League match. Confidence Meter: 4

7:03- Georgetown: The Hoyas have been one of the biggest surprises of the early season with the Longhorns lost in the biggest upset of the early season as they fell to Chaminade. Texas has potential by are very young and will have to go into Madison Square Garden as they face Georgetown. Georgetown is up to #15 in the rankings, but they played ugly in their last game where they beat Tennessee 37-36 (yes, that’s a full game score). They’ll be able to play better in this one against a Longhorns team that has been playing a lighter schedule since Maui getting wins at home over Sam Houston State and Texas-Austin. The Hoyas only loss came to Indiana in overtime and I don’t think the Longhorns have the maturity yet to pull this one out. Confidence Meter: 7

7:04- Boston College: BC has a couple nice wins over Auburn and Penn State sandwiched around a tough loss to Bryant in their last three games. Harvart beat Fordham their last time out but lost to UVM and St. Joe’s the two games before that. The Crimson haven’t played a major-conference school since playing UMASS while BC’s overall schedule has been tougher. Neither team is great, but BC is a little bit better and is at home. Confidence Meter: 5

Nov 30, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks guard BJ Young (11) hangs from the goal over Syracuse Orange forward James Southerland (43) during the first half of a game against the Syracuse Orange at Bud Walton Arena. Young was called for a technical foul. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

7:04- Arkansas: I watched the Razorbacks as they took on my Orange over the weekend. Arkansas poured in 82 points but fell short 91-82 to Syracuse. It was Arkansas’s third loss in a row to Arizona State, Wisconsin, and the ‘Cuse. However, Arkansas can score putting up an average of 82.3 points in their six games. Oklahoma averages only 67.4 points per game (191st in teh country) and has only played a couple major pgromas losing to Gonzaga before beating a struggling West Virginia team.  Ignore the record here, take the much better scoring team at home and go with the Razorbacks. Confidence Meter: 6

7:35- Brooklyn Nets: The Nets have been solid at home racking up a 7-1 record. They welcome in the red-hot Oklahoma City Thunder who have won give in a row over Philadelphia, Charlotte, Houston, Utah, and New Orleans. The Thunder have dropped a pair on the road going 5-2 so far this season. The Nets had their own winning streak snapped in Miami as they lost to the Heat on Saturday. I think they’ll bounce back at home although they’ll have to overcome the absence of Brook Lopez once again. Confidence Meter: 3

9:05- Charleston wins or by loses single digits: The Cardinals will take on Charleston looking to return to their early season form. The Cougars though have been playing well winning four in a row including knocking off then-#24 Baylor and BC as well as road victories over Elon and Charleston Southern. Louisville’s last two games haven’t looked great as they lost to Duke and then narrowly escaped (3 points) Illinois State’s upset attempt in Louisville in their last game. The Cards have been up-and-down rolling over Mizzou but barely beating UNI. Charleston is not a gimme of a game and the Cards better be careful. I think Louisville wins but I don’t think it’s by double-digits. Confidence Meter: 4

9:05- Baylor by Double-Digits: Northwestern is a solid team but won’t have the athleticism to keep up with the Bears. They started 6-0 but were thumped by 20 by Maryland and lost by six their last time out to Illinois-Chicago. The Bears went into Kentucky and got a nice early season win their last game, but have been far from invincible in their slide from the top 25. Confidence Meter: 5

9:05- Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright:  Although I’m not sure if UCONN can stay with the Wolfpack, I do think Napier and Boatright will win this first-half prop. Napier averages 18.6 points a game while Boatright adds 13.7. They are the top two scorers for the Huskies, while C.J. Leslie and Richard Howell are two and three on their team behind T.J. Warren. Leslie averages 11.7 and Howell 14.2 per game. Napier love the big stage so I think the Huskies backcourt tandem gets the green here. Confidence Meter: 6

11:05- UNLV wins by 15+: The Runnin’ Rebels are up to #21 opening the season 5-1. They head to Portland in this one to take on the Pilots who are three and four and lave lost by 15 or more twice this season already to the unranked Ohio Bobcats and the unranked Montana State Bobcats. They’ve played closer games at home and are actually 3-0 at the Ernie A. Chiles Center. This isn’t a lock and 15 points is a lot to give on the road, but UNLV should be able to outgun the Pilots. Confidence Meter: 4

December Disaster (so far)

Monday Picks: 1-4

December Total: 13-15

My Entry (most confident picks): 5-6

Current Streak:  L4

Longest Streak of the month: W3

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