Jan 16, 2013; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; Novak Djokovic (SRB) returns a shot against Ryan Harrison (USA) on day three of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park. Mandatory Credit: Matthias Hauer/GEPA via USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Streak for the Cash Picks and Analysis, January 17

One of the best picks of the day in Streak for the cash is the Oregon Ducks as they head to LA to take on USC. In this photo, guard Fred Richardson III (5) in a team huddle before the game against the Arizona Wildcats at Matthew Knight Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

As we continue through the mid-month picks, there’s a full slate of picks available for Thursday on ESPN’s Streak for the Cash board. With the PGA Tour teeing off at La Quinta and the Australian Open continuing late tonight, there’s variety added to the regular morning soccer and evening basketball. After a rough couple days, I’m looking to turn my picks around with these:

Streak Picks 1/17

10:00- Levadiakos wins by 2+ Goals: Levadiakos hosts Kerkyra in the first leg of the fourth round Greek Cup match. Kerkyra is pretty horrible and currently sit at the bottom of the table without scoring a goal in their last five league matches resulting in five losses with all but one by multiple goals. One of those losses was a 2-0 loss to Levadiakos on December 2. Levadiakos tends to play a lot of one goal games, but I can’t take Kerkyra in this one, so I’ll unconfidently go with the home team. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

1:10- David Toms or Tie: I detailed Toms solid history in my fantasy golf picks. I think he can get at least a tie here. Confidence Meter: 4

January 13, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots against the New Orleans Hornets during the third quarter of an NBA game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

3:00- New York Knicks: The Knicks face off against the Pistons in London for this rare matinee on the NBA schedule. Detroit is pretty good at home, but this one isn’t at the Palace although they will officially be the home team. In their last game, the Pistons lost at home to Utah 90-87. The Knicks snapped a mini-three game losing streak their last time out as they beat the Hornets by 13. On this neutral court, I’ll take the better shooting team which is clearly the Knicks as they look to put on display the talents of the NBA abroad. Anything can happen in a given NBA game, but the better overall team and better pick is the Knicks Confidence Meter: 7

7:02- Minnesota Golden Gophers: The Gophers are three-point favorites at home as they play Michigan who is coming off their first loss of the season at Ohio State. The Wolverines need to get things turned around quickly with road games against Minnesota, Illinois, and Indiana in the next couple weeks before facing the Buckeyes again. Minnesota has the home court here and should also have the size advantage allowing them continue their success on the offensive boards. The Gophers are also bouncing back from a loss after going down to Indiana over this past weekend. This should be a great game to watch and a close contest, so I’ll lean toward the favored home team. Confidence Meter: 3

7:02- Valparaiso Crusaders: Despite a better record, Valpo is 3 1/2 point underdogs on the road at Detroit. The Crusaders have started Horizon league play 3-1 winning their last two games on the road at UIC and Milwaukee. Meanwhile, the Titans are also 3-1 but are coming off their only in-conference loss at Cleveland State. Valpo beat down the same Cleveland State team by 24 two weeks ago. The fact that the Crusaders have proven they can win on the road and that they’ve been the more consistent of the two teams so far this season makes them my pick in this one. Confidence Meter: 6

Jan 12, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Texas A

7:04- Texas A&M wins or Single-Digit Loss: This prop is just about right as A&M host the Florida Gators who come in favored by 10. Florida has been crushing everyone and besides its two losses hasn’t been in a close game yet. Both the Florida losses were away from home as they lost at Arizona and on a neutral court to K-State. They’ve won on the road at Florida State and at Yale, but the Aggies will prove a tough test. A&M has won four in a row and is coming off an impressive road win at Kentucky. Their losses have come when they’ve had trouble scoring losing at home to Southern scoring just 51, on a neutral court to Oklahoma scoring just 52, and to St. Louis early in the season on a neutral court scoring just 49. They’ve scored much better lately including 83 in their last game at Rupp behind 40 from Elston Turner. I think they’ll keep this game within ten. Confidence Meter: 5

9:00- Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks head to the desert to face the Suns after going 3-2 since parting ways with Scott Skiles. Interim coach Jim Bolyan’s first game was against Phoenix and was a 108-99 win at home for Milwaukee. Meanwhile, Pheonix has dropped five of their last six at home and are just 2-12 since a four-game winning streak in the middle of December. Confidence Meter: 6

9:03- Any Other Result: The Beavers head to UCLA trying to get their first Pac-12 win in their fourth conference game. They’ll need to keep it within 15 to cover this prop and they haven’t lost by 15 at all this year. Their biggest defeat was a 13-point loss to Oregon but they’ve been in most of their other games. Oregon State will be missing some size up front due to the suspension of forwards Eric Moreland and Victor Robbins. However, I think they’ll still keep it close against a UCLA team that has won exactly zero of their last six by 15. Confidence Meter: 4

9:03- Rutgers winning Margin or Tie: The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are off to a 2-2 start in the Big East with nice wins over then-#24 Pitt and at St. John’s. They lost their last game against then-#21 Cincinnati by 10. USF hasn’t fared so well starting 0-3 in conference so far. They’ve averaged 6.4 threes per game but just three, six, and six in their last three games. Rutgers is favored by 5.5 and I think they’ll cover and win by 8-10 which should be enough to win this pick. Confidence Meter: 5

10:40- LA Lakers: LA has been playing better and have been able to win their last two at home. Miami played last night and doesn’t have the big men to slow down Dwight Howard and a returning Pau Gasol. The Heat will go further in the playoffs and finish with a better record, but I don’t think they’re the better pick in this one game. Confidence Meter: 3

11:05- Oregon Ducks: The Ducks are 2 1/2 point favorites as they head to LA with their shiny new #21 ranking to take on USC. The Trojans leveled their Pac-12 record at 2-2 by beating Utah in Salt Lake City in their last game but are just 7-10 overall. They’ve lost at home already this year to Cal, UC-Irvine, Minnesota, and San Diego State. Oregon comes in riding high after wins over Oregon State, then-#4 Arizona, and Arizona State got them off to a 3-0 start in Pac-12 play. The danger for the Ducks is that they get caught looking ahead to their UCLA game Saturday, but I’m a fan of this Oregon team and think they’ll be able to win over the Trojans in this one. Confidence Meter: 7

The official twitter of the Streak @ESPN_Streak said there were tennis picks coming later in the day and I’ll be sure to tweet out or post here my take on those props. To get those picks and ask any questions follow us on twitter @FantasyCPR for all your fantasy info.

January Scoreboard

Yesterday’s picks: 3-7

Overall Record: 70-66

Confident Picks (5+): 26-19

Current Personal Streak: L1

Longest Personal Streak of January: W5

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