ESPN Streak for the Cash Picks and Analysis, January 23

The New York Rangers and Boston Bruins square off again tonight in Madison Square Garden in one of the Streak for the Cash options. In this picture, defenseman Stu Bickel (41) squares up to fight center Gregory Campbell (11) during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

As we quickly approach the end of the month, there’s definitely no shortage of picks in ESPN Streak for the Cash to build up your streak with. With five soccer picks from Africa and Europe this morning and afternoon and a full complement of NBA, NHL, college basketball, and Aussie open on tap for tonight, there’s plenty of opportunities for greens if you know where to get them. Here’s my favorite picks of the day with a short explanation of why I’m picking that way and how confident I am in each pick:

Streak Picks 1/23

10:00- Angola Win/Draw: This is a huge game for Group A after everyone started off cup play with a draw. Angola faces the host country South Africa in this one and Streak-sheep are flocking to the host country as the obvious choice. It’s obvious until you look at Angola’s recent record that is. Angola has gotten a win or draw in 21 of their last 23 games and hasn’t given up any goals in their last five. When you couple that with the lack of scoring options for South Africa demonstrated in their 0-0 tie with Cape Verde in their opener, I think lots of people start the day with a red from South Africa as Angola earns at least a draw in this one. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

1:00- Morocco Win: Morocco takes on Cape Verde as both teams come off 0-0 draws. The draw Verde earned in their first game was more about South Africa’s inability to score, in my opinion, and I don’t see them holding Morocco here. Confidence Meter: 5

3:30- Real Madrid Win: Real doesn’t need a win to advance. They don’t even need a draw since they’re up 2-0 on aggregate. However, they so utterly dominated Valencia in their last meeting there is no way I’m taking Valencia to get even a draw here.  The two sides met in La Liga action at Valencia on Monday and Real Madrid scored five goals in the first half while cruising to a 5-0 win. In the last eight days they’ve beaten Valencia twice with an alarming amount of ease. While I don’t like taking them when they don’t have to win, I think they will once again. Confidence Meter: 4

Jan 17, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets forward Robert Carter (4) defends as Duke Blue Devils forward Mason Plumlee (5) shoots during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

7:03- Duke: The Blue Devils are back to #1 as they travel to Miami for an ACC road game. As we saw with their game at NC State, this isn’t necessarily a given, but I don’t see the ‘Canes as ready to pull the upset here. Miami has looked good in ACC play and is the only remaining unbeaten but they have yet to play Duke or NC State, the two ranked team in their conference. They did knock off then-#13 Michigan State in Miami back on November 28, but got rolled by Arizona by 19 on a neutral court just before Christmas. Duke will still be without Ryan Kelly, but they’ve already lost their on the road in-conference game and should be able to get by Miami. It’s no lock to be sure, but I think Duke’s the right pick. Confidence Meter: 3

7:04- Seton Hall: Both the Pirates and the South Florida Bulls enter this game just 1-4 in Big East play. Seton Hall is 4.5 point favorites and at home and their losses have been to more quality opponents. The Pirates rank higher statistically in most offensive categories so at home I think they’ll be able to get their second win in conference play. Confidence Meter: 5

7:35- Boston Bruins: The Bruins and Rangers opened the season against each other and both duplicated their result in their second game. The Bruins are 2-0 after a shootout win over Winnipeg while the Rangers went down 6-3 to Pittsburgh to fall to 0-2 on the season. The game is at Madison Square Garden where the Rangers will need to turn things around and play much better if they expect to win. I think early season form holds and the Bruins get another W. Confidence Meter: 6 

January 20, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) drives to the basket during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 121-118 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

8:05- Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets are coming off a huge win over the Thunder in their last game as they try to translate their success onto the road as they head to Houston. The Rockets have played well especially at home this season but have been stumbling as of late. Houston had lost seven in a row before a less-than-beautiful win at Charlotte on Monday. Their offense has sputtered but their main problem has been their defense which ranks last in the league in points allowed. That doesn’t bode well against a high-scoring Nuggets team that already won once in Houston this season. Confidence Meter: 7 

9:05- Iowa State wins by Double Digits: The Cyclones go on the road looking for their fourth win in a row since losing a heartbreaker in overtime at Kansas. They have had issues on the road this year with a 2-3 record, but their two wins have come by more than 10 points including their last game against TCU. They’ll face another Texas team tonight as they travel to Texas Tech. The Red Raiders have lost their last four to Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State all by 14 or more points. They did get a win at TCU to open conference play but have struggled to score since then. Since ISU can light it up averaging 80.6 points per game, I think they’ll be able to win and cover in this one (they are -11.5 most places). Confidence Meter: 6

10:05- Phoenix Suns: The Suns travel to face the Sacramento Kings in a battle of teams in transition. The Kings are reportedly moving to Seattle due to a change in ownership and the Suns will be playing their first game under new head coach Lindsey Hunter. The Suns won the first game between these teams by 11 and have won the last four in the series. Hunter’s run as coach may not be long, but I think the players will respond a bit to the move and get a win on the road. Confidence Meter: 2

10:05- Columbus Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets are underdogs on the road, but based on goalie play they’re the right pick in this one against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Coyotes have struggled out of the gate giving up 10 goals in their first two games, 4-3 and 6-4. Columbus has been the surprise of the early season with a win in a shootout over Nashville in the opener and a loss in a shootout over Detroit. Sergei Bobrovsky has started out great while Mike Smith has struggled, so go with the hot goalie and pick Columbus. Confidence Meter: 4

10:35- Golden State Warriors: The Warriors are coming off knocking off the Clippers at the ORACLE and now they welcome in the Thunder. OKC is on the second game of a back-to-back after playing the Clippers last night. The Thunder got the win yesterday but could be tired after a tough road stretch. Golden State is good at home (13-6), and I think they could easily upset Oklahoma City in this one in a bit of a letdown game. Confidence Meter: 3

Jan 16, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies guard Abdul Gaddy (0) shoots a three-point shot over Colorado Buffaloes guard Askia Booker (0) during the game at Alaska Airlines Arena. Washington defeated Colorado 64-54. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

11:33- Washington Huskies: Washington was rolling along until they got tripped up at home by Utah on Saturday for the Utes first Pac-12 win. The Huskies will look to avoid giving Oregon State their first conference win as well as they head to Corvallis. Washington has already proven they can win on the road with wins at Washington State, Cal, and Stanford while Oregon State has dropped conference home games to Oregon, Arizona, and Arizona State. As long as Washington doesn’t can return to their pre-Utah form they should be fine in this one against the Beavers. Confidence Meter: 5

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January Scoreboard

Yesterday’s picks: 10-6

Overall Record: 116-105

Confident Picks (5+): 41-27 (4-0 yesterday) 

Current Personal Streak: W1

Longest Personal Streak of January: W5

 

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