Nov 24, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose State Spartans quarterback David Fales (10) during the first half against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Streak for the Cash Picks and Analysis, December 27


Chris Paul (3) and Blake Griffin (32) have the Clippers rolling and crushing their opponents with plenty of help from their bench. Can they beat Boston by 10 or more? That’s just one of the picks for ESPN Streak for the Cash featured here. Photo by Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

With just five days in the month, we’re short on time to build a good streak in ESPN’s Streak for the Cash. It’s a good thing today’s board is long on options with 12 picks coming from three college football games (with props for every half), the NBA feature games on TNT, and even a college hoops prop tonight just for variety. There are plenty of ways to pick your way through the day. These are the picks I like the most with confidence rankings and a quick analysis.

Streak Picks for 12/27

10:30-Vityaz Chekhov: Don’t follow the crowd in this KHL game. Vityaz Chekov is 13-22 for 38 points while  Spartak Moscow is at the bottom of the WEst with a 10-26 overall record and just 33 points. There’s not a huge disparity, but with Chekhov at home they’re the better pick. Vityaz is 2-3 this month but Spartak is 0-6. I think most people are confusing Spartak Moscow (last place) with Dynamo Moscow (first place). In the US, that’s like thinking your picking the Yankees and getting the Mets. Go Chekhov for the green from Russia to start your day. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

3:05- San Jose State by Double Digits: For my full analysis of the Miltary Bowl click hereConfidence Meter: 6

3:06- 159 Passing yards or Fewer for David Fales: Fales would be on pace to go for 320 if he goes over this number in the first half. He has gone over that number five times in SJSU’s, but don’t forget the other side of this equation is the Bowling Green passing defense. Bowling Green’s passing dense allowed 173 yards per game so picking them to give up 160 in a half is not the way to go. I obviously think Fales is going to do well based on my earlier pick, but I don’t think he’ll reach this number. Confidence Meter: 7

4:50- Any other TD or No TD: Both teams pass the ball a lot so that gives the edge to any other touchdown. Confidence Meter: 4

 6:35- Cincinnati Wins by Double Digits: For my full analysis of the Belk Bowl click hereConfidence Meter: 6

6:36- George Winn scores a touchdown in the first half: While I don’t think this is the lock 98.3% of streakers are feeling at this point, but Duke’s rushing defense is pretty bad (103 in the nation) and Cincinnati’s offense goes through Winn. Winn had 12 touchdowns and should get enough touches to find the endzone but it’s no sure thing. Confidence Meter: 4

8:20- No Interception in the third quarter: This is one of those coin-flip prop that can kill long streaks or help build everybody’s. Statistically since neither of the QB’s average two interceptions a game and neither defense picks off two passes a game it’s most likely that it won’t happen. However, as with most props, strange things tend to happen and just one dumb decision can send your green spiraling into oblivion. Confidence Meter: 3

9:05- Cincinnati Winning Margin:  Cincinnati’s average scoring margin is 22 through their first 12 games of their season. They won by 10 in their last game against Wright State at home. Tonight they’ll host New Mexico who are 12-1. The Lobos were beaten before falling to San Dakota State by five at home in their last game. They played then-#21 UConn in the final of the Paradise Jam in their only game against a ranked opponent and won by six. Cincinnati should be able to stay undefeated and I think they’ll win by about ten. New Mexico averages six threes per game but have made over 10 three’s twice. I don’t think they’ll be able to do that against a tough Bearcats D, so I’ll take Cincinnati in a good game at Fifth Third Arena. Confidence Meter: 6

Nov 24, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Baylor Bears wide receiver Terrance Williams (2) catches a pass against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the second half at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

9:50- Baylor: Click here for my full analysis of the Holiday Bowl. Confidence Meter: 4

10:45- Clippers by Double-Digits: Boston faces the red-hot Clippers in the Staples Center. LA has won 14 in a row and ten of those 14 have been by double-digits. They haven’t had any team stay within ten points at home since Minnesota all the way back on November 28. The Celtics have won two of their last three but had dropped the three games before that by 10 or more. This will be their first matchup with the Clippers this season although they did get a win in LA by nine the only time they met last year. The Clippers have vastly upgraded their bench and Boston’s bench has been a weakness at times this year which could easily result in the margin increasing to ten or more when the second units are on the floor. Although a cover is definitely a possibility, the Clippers are just too hot to pick against at this point. Confidence Meter: 5

December Results

Yesterday’s Picks: 4-3

December Total (not including stut-day picks):107-91-1

My Entry (most confident picks): 47-31-1

Current Streak: L1

Longest Streak of the Month: W7

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