Sep 30, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) is pursued by Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain (55) on a 40-yard reception at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 37-6. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Streak for the Cash Picks and Analysis-December 6


LeBron James (left) and Dwyane Wade (right) lead the Heat against the Knicks in Miami in one of the best ESPN Streak for the Cash Picks tonight. Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN’s Streak for the Cash rolls into Thursday with a deep board of 13 picks. Just like yesterday, we start things with UEFA soccer this time from the Europa League before turning our attention to the hardwood tonight. The one big addition is the Thursday Night Football pick which gives an option for the non-hoops pickers. Here’s my favorite picks for today and my slowly-improving results for December:

Streak Picks for 12/6

1:00- Liverpool win: Liverpool has all their stars ready to play needing a win to move on. Udinese has already been eliminated and has nothing to play for. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

3:05- Tottenham Hotspur wins by 2+ goals: A draw does Panathinaikos no good wo they’ll be in full attack mode which could leave them open and vulnerable at the back. They’ve dropped their road games to Lazio and NK Moribor 3-0 in this group stage already so I think Tottenham can get at least two goals here. Confidence Meter: 3

7:02- Providence by Double Digits: The 6-2 Friars host the 2-6 Rams. Four of Providence’s six wins have been by Double-Digits while RI is averaging just 59.8 points per game although they did hang with Ohio State losing by only nine. I think Providence at home runs away from the low-scoring Rams. Confidence Meter: 5

Dec 3, 2012; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Trevor Cooney (10) dunks the ball during the second half against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse defeated Eastern Michigan 84-48. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

8:05- Syracuse wins by 20+: The Orange are blowing out everyone at home in their rise into the top-5. They’ve won their last four home games by 20+ against Wagner, Princeton, Colgate, and EMU. Long Beach State has played some bigger names but has a brutal trip to Syracuse and than Ohio State. They lost at Arizona by 22 and to UNC by 15 at home. Confidence Meter: 5

8:15- Miami Heat: The Heat come home trying to avoid consecutive losses after falling to Washington their last time out. Carmelo Anthony is considered a gametime decision after getting six stitches in the Knicks game last night.  Miami is unbeaten at home and the Knicks are 6-4 away from Madison Square Garden. The line is 7.0 in favor of Miami and with the ‘Melo injury it should swing even more. If the Streak PTB’s leave this as a straight-up pick, Miami is definitely the way to go. Confidene Meter: 8

8:30- Broncos by double-digits: Denver is on quite the roll as they head to Oakland for this Thursday Night Football AFC West showdown. The Broncos have won seven in a row but only two have been by double-digits. The reason I feel comfortable picking them here is how bad the Raiders have been lately. Oakland has dropped five in a row, and every one of those losses was by double digits except last week’s to the lowly Browns. When these two teams met week four Denver rolled 37-6 behind a huge second-half. I think in the end of tonight’s game Peyton and the Ponies win by at least two scores. Confidence Meter: 7

10:40- Phoenix Suns: The Mavs played last night in LA and got handled by the Clippers. Now they head to the desert to face Phoenix who have stumbled home after a 1-5 road trop. They’ve actually won two of their last three at home and have played right with some good teams. The Suns have been in ton of close games and the Mavs will have real trouble with Goran Dragic, so I’ll go with the home team in the late TNT game. Confidence Meter: 

December Results

Monday Picks: 6-2

December Total: 24-24

My Entry (most confident picks): 10-7

Current Streak:  W3

Longest Streak of the month: W3

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