January 6, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) passes the ball to forward Jordan Morgan (52) against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Streak for the Cash Picks and Analysis-January 24

There’s no break in this month’s Streak for the Cash picks as we continue to roll into the closing week of January with another full board of picks. The early part of the day is a bit lighter with some Group B soccer action from the Africa Cup of Nations, a Barcelona prop from the Copa del Rey, and first round play from the PGA Tour at Torrey Pines. Tonight there’s a great mix of hoops and hockey  with Aussie Open picks coming soon I would guess.

After a rough day for everybody’s streaks yesterday, here’s how I’m looking to bounce back today:

Streak Picks for 1/24

10:00- Ghana Win: Mali won their opener and moved to the top of Group B over Ghana who opened with a 2-2 draw against Congo DR. Anything could happen in this one after the two teams traded 2-0 wins earlier this season. Ghana struggled and squandered a 2-0 lead in their first game and find themselves in need a win here to avoid being dangerously close to a group stage elimination. Ghana is expected to be back at full strength after missing some key defensive players in the opener so I think they’ll get the full three points in this one. Confidence Meter: 3

1:00- Democratic Republic of the Congo Win: As I discussed above, Congo DR fought back and got a draw against Ghana as they enter this game against Niger who have yet to get a Africa Cup point from four matches in their two cup appearances. Confidence Meter: 4

Sep 23, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tiger Woods (USA) on the 9th hole during the final round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

1:30- Tiger Woods: I went over Tiger’s history at this event in an earlier fantasy golf post (click here for full post). In this prop he’s matched up with Rickie Fowler while giving the tie. Woods wasn’t in good form last week, but its a course he excels on and Fowler hasn’t been tearing things up recently either although he made the cut in his last four full-field events last season and started with a t6 in the limited field Hyundai earlier this season. Last year, Fowler finished t13 in this event so he can definitely win this prop, but I think Tiger is the better option. Confidence Meter: 5

7:03- Michigan by 15+ points: The Wolverines are 16 point favorites as they face their Big Ten conference-mate Purdue Boilermakers. Purdue is 3-2 in conference win wins in their last three over Penn State, Nebraska and West Virginia. The win over the Cornhuskers was their second road win of the season with a 23 point loss at then-#18 Michigan State and a 10 point loss at home to Ohio State.  Michigan has yet to lose at home and will be playing in Ann Arbor for the first time in two weeks. They rolled over Nebraska in their last home game by 25 and Iowa by 28 the game before that. The Wolverines are in the top 10 in scoring and are coming off an impressive win over then-#9 Minnesota on the road last week. Michigan should be able to cover here as they protect their home court and set up a big game with Illinois in Champaign to secure their #1 ranking in the country. Confidence Meter: 7

7:05- Ole Miss Winning Margin or Tie: The Rebels have started out on fire in the SEC getting off to a great 4-0 start. One of those in-conference wins was over Tennessee at Tennessee by 18 points. They’ve also rolled over then-#10 Missouri by 15 at home and won by 10 at Vandy which is never an easy place to win. This prop has their margin of victory pitted against the Vols FT made. Tennessee made nine free throws in their win over Mississippi State, 11 against UK, eight against Alabama, and 17 the first time these teams met. I feel confident the Rebs win this by more than the 8.5 points they’re favored by, but the volatile nature of free throws made makes this less of a sure-thing than the Michigan pick in my opinion. Confidence Meter: 5

7:05- Toronto Maple Leafs: The Leafs host the Islanders who have struggled on the road in recent seasons looking to bounce back from a home loss to Buffalo on Monday. Toronto won their other games including a nice road win over Pittsburgh yesterday 5-2. Even playing on back-to-back nights, since the Leafs are home I think they’re the pick. Confidence Meter: 3

7:05- Buffalo Sabres: Speaking of the Sabres, they’ll be on the road looking to move to 3-0 while facing the Carolina Hurricanes who are trying to avoid an 0-3 start. The difference here is the two goalies as Ryan Miller has been excellent (1.50 GAA) while Cam Ward has been subpar (6.00 GAA). As we saw last night with the Rangers and Bruins, the small sample size of the early season keeps anything from being a lock, but the Sabres are definitely the hotter team with the hotter goalie as they go on the road to Carolina. Confidence Meter: 4

Jan 21, 2011; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Ottawa Senators right wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) celebrates his first NHL goal score in the third period against the Florida Panthers at Scotiabank Place. The Senators defeated the Panthers 4-0 Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

7:35- Ottawa Senators: The Sens are road favorites as they take on the Florida Panthers tonight looking for their own 3-0 start. These two teams face off in Ottawa on Monday with the home-team emerging with a 4-0 win thanks in part to a two-goal game from Kyle Turris. While being at home is sure to help Florida, I don’t think it’ll be a four-goal swing. Confidence Meter: 5

8:10- New York Knicks: If anything can shake the Boston Celtics out of their current slide, a matchup with their hated rivals from New York may be just the thing. The Knicks have lost four of their last six and haven’t won a true road game against a good team since beating Miami at the beginning of December. Still, the Knicks are the favorite as they head to Boston to take on Doc Rivers team in turmoil. The Celtics have scufled to four straight losses to the Hornets, Bulls, Pistons and Cavs. The team isn’t playing well on either end of the court and needs to get things in gear if they are serious about a playoff run. Boston is 20-21 coming into this one and would be the 8-seed if the playoffs started today while the Knicks set second in the Eastern Conferecne with a 25-14 record. Both teams have slumped a bit lately, but the Knicks can shoot the lights out on any given night and given Boston’s defensive struggles seem to be the right pick here. I hope the Celtics can get things turned around, since they’re my team, but until I see it I can’t say they’re the right pick here. Confidence Meter: 4

9:05- UCLA Win or Single-Digit Loss: The Arizona Wildcats host UCLA and are 8.5 point favorites at home according to Vegas. They’ve bounced back nicely after getting upset by Oregon in Eugene but are just 1-5 against the spread in their last six. UCLA lost at home their last time out to Oregon by nine but had been rolling winning 10 in a row before that including a win over then-#7 Missouri. In their four losses, UCLA has yet to lose by more than ten and I think they’ll at least be able to keep this one close against ‘Zona. Confidence Meter: 6

9:35- LA Kings: The reigning Stanley Cup champs are still looking for their first win of the season as they travel to Edmonton to face the Oilers tonight. The Kings did get offensive leader Anze Kopitar back on Tuesday but he didn’t find the scoresheet in their 3-1 loss at Colorado. The Oilers started the season with a shootout win over  Vancouver but didn’t look good in their 6-3 home loss to San Jose. I think the Kings go on the road and get the win in this one since they haven’t been 0-3 since 1985. Confidence Meter: 3

10:45- Clippers win by Double Digits: The Clippers visit the desert to take on the Suns who got a win in their first game under new Coach Lindsey Hunter last night. The Suns are hoping Hunter can get better play out of the team after parting ways with Alvin Gentry after they lost seven of eight. The Clippers have also slid a bit losing their last two games at Golden State and at home against Oklahoma City. The availability of Chris Paul is still a question mark, but I think they’ll be able to handle Phoenix either way. They’ve blown the Suns away both times the teams have met so far this season winning by 18 at home and 26 in Phoenix. While I don’t know that they’ll run away and hide like that in this one, I do think they’ll win by double digits. Before you get too confident though, remember that they’re just 6.5 point favorites. Confidence Meter: 5

Jan 19 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Elias Harris (20) takes a shot in the lane against Butler Bulldogs forward Khyle Marshall (23) at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler defeats Gonzaga 64-63. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

11:05- Gonzaga wins by Double Digits: The Zags suffered a tough loss on Saturday on a Butler buzzer beater, and will return home to tangle with the Cougars of BYU in what should be an entertaining high-scoring WCC conference game. Gonzaga averages 79.4 points per game which puts them eighth in the nation while BYU averages 78.3 which is good enough for 16th. The Cougars did lose a home game to St. Mary’s a week ago but have rolled through the rest of their WCC schedule. They have stumbled a bit when facing good opponents on the road losing at Iowa State and Baylor by double-digits in true road games and to Florida State and Notre Dame by ten or more on neutral courts. On the other side of the court, Gonzaga had been blowing people out espeically at home before St. Mary’s gave them all they could handle in their last road game. The rest of their conference wins have been a bit more comfortable and they will be anxious to purge their Butler loss by putting a beating on BYU. Gonzaga is favored at home by nine and I think they’ll be able to win and cover to end the day with a nice green. Confidence Meter: 6

January Scoreboard

Yesterday’s picks: 5-8

Overall Record: 121-113

Confident Picks (5+): 42-29 

Current Personal Streak: L1 (Washington got me last night)

Longest Personal Streak of January: W5

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