February 4, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne (8) and the Ducks celebrate the 2-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Streak for the Cash Picks and Analysis, February 6

In tonight’s ESPN Streak for the Cash action, The Kansas Jayhawksled by guard Ben McLemore (23) will try to bounce back tonight as they travel to Fort Worth to take on the TCU Horned Frogs. In tonight’s prop they need to win by 20, and I think they’ll get it done. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports.

Tuesday was a rough day for Streak for the Cash players and today stacks up to be another tough one. There are definitely plenty of matchups with  options from the Africa Cup of Nations and International friendlies getting us started this afternoon. The US Men’s National Team is also in action this afternoon as they travel to Honduras for CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. Tonight the focus shifts to the hardwood with plenty of NBA and college basketball with some NHL sprinkled in things keep things cool. Here’s the picks I’m watching on today’s jam-packed board:

Streak Picks 2/6

10:00- Nigeria win: Nigeria is coming off a huge win over Ivory Coast as they take on Mali in the first of the semifinals. Mali gets their top goalkeeper back after a one-game suspension, but have given up goals in all their matches since their first. They’re also coming off a game that reqiured overtime and a shootout so fatigue may also be a factor. Nigeria was impressive knocking off Ivory Coast and I think they’ll get another win here. Confidence Meter: 4

1:30- Ghana Win: Ghana beat Cape Verde 2-0 and have won their last three games by a combined 6-0 score. Burkina Faso has made a surprising run so far in the Africa Cup, but I think it comes to an end here against a solid, consistent Ghana squad. Ghana also has had an extra day of rest so I think they’ll take this one without the extra time needed. Confidence Meter: 6

2:30- Italy win or draw: All these international friendlies are tricky since teams can utilize them for multiple purposes often times getting younger players experience and not going all-out for the win. The Italians head to Amsterdam wehre they’ll take on an inexperienced Dutch squad according to reports of who the Netherlands will have active. Italy has a solid defense and should be able to get a draw. They’re my favorite pick of the International Friendly group, but I never like picking exhibition games. Confidence Meter: 3

4:00- Honduras win or draw: Going on the road, the US faces a tough challenge in their first game of CONCACAF qualifying at Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula. Honduras has won 10 of their last 12 qualifying games at home. The US will face La Bicolor who are a solid squad who could easily get the win but should at least be able to hold for the draw. Confidence Meter: 7

Feb 2, 2013; Ames IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Will Clyburn (21) defends Baylor Bears guard Gary Franklin (4) in the second half at Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State beat Baylor 79-71. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

7:03- Baylor 3-Pointers Made or Tie: Baylor goes on the road as seven-point underdogs as they take on Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are ranked #22, but don’t think they’ll cruise past the Bears. Baylor beat OK State earlier in Big 12 play by ten in Waco. Since then Baylor lost tough games to Oklahoma and Iowa State while Oklahoma State has won against WVU and Iowa State at home before pulling off a shocker in Lawrence on Saturday knocking off then-#2 Kansas. This should be a good, close game, and since the Bears make almost seven three’s per game they should be able to keep this one close. The Cowboys need to be careful to avoid a letdown, and Baylor definitely has the ability to get the road win here or at least cover this prop. Confidence Meter: 6

7:03- St. John’s Red Storm: The UConn Huskies are one-point favorites as they come to Madison Square Garden to take on the Johnnies. St. John’s is coming off a loss at Georgetown, but had a nice run of five wins in a row before that defeat. At home, St. John’s has won three in a row although they did cut it close against DePaul, Seton Hall, and Notre Dame. UConn knows about winning close games needing overtime in each of their last two against USF and at Providence. This will be a close, physical Big East game, but I think the Red Storm can get the win at home. Confidence Meter: 5 

7:05- Indiana Pacers: The Pacers will try and carry over their home success onto the road as they go to Philadelphia where they are three-point underdogs. The Sixers are 4-1 on their current home stand and have an extra day of rest since they didn’t play last night while Indiana did. The Pacers took the first game of this series by 10, but that was in Indianapolis where they’ve been dominant all season. Indiana is just 10-16 on the road while Phily is 15-11 at home, but I’m still taking Indiana just based on their current form and their elite-level defense and rebounding. Confidence Meter: 4

Feb 4, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Detroit Pistons point guard Jose Calderon (8) drives around New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton (2) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

7:35- Detroit Pistons: The Nets fell to Kobe and the Lakers last night in Brooklyn and tonight have to go on the road tonight to take on the Pistons. LA was without Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace, but still managed to win 92-83 over Brooklyn. Detroit has had their own struggles losing three of their last four including a Monday night loss to the Knicks in New York. Jose Calderon started that game for Detroit in his Pistons-debut and tonight will start for the first time for the home team at The Palace. Detroit forced double-overtime before going down in Brooklyn in the first meeting between these teams, and at home I think the Pistons will get the win tonight over a Brooklyn team playing on the road in the second half of their back-to-back. Confidence Meter: 3

7:35- Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks and Grizzlies are both teams with playoff aspirations who have fallen on tough times lately. Memphis lost last night at home to Phoenix and have won just two of their last five games with those wins over the Wizards and Nuggets. The Grizzlies have struggled since trading Rudy Gay to Toronto and aren’t nearly the dominant team they were earlier this season. On team Memphis did lose at home to earlier in this season was Atlanta beat them back on December 8, 93-83. Lately though, Atlanta hasn’t been winning many on the road including last night’s loss in Indiana. They were beaten badly on Saturday at home by the Bulls and have only won one of their last four. I’ll go with Atlanta here though since they are at home where they’re 16-8 on the year and because Memphis is still trying to figure things out which was painfully evident in the fourth quarter of last night’s game. Confidence Meter: 5

9:05- Kansas wins by 20+ Points: The Jayhawks home winning streak was stopped at 33 their last time out by the Oklahoma State Cowboys (see above). Tonight they’ll look to bounce back as they head to Fort Worth as 18.5 point favorites as they take on TCU. The Horned Frogs are 0-8 in Big 12 play but have lost by 20 just once at home. That was to Baylor their last home game before losing by 17 on the road at Texas on Saturday. KU will be fired up to get back in the win column and have the offensive firepower to blow out TCU. I think that the Jayhawks are a much better team than Baylor and will be motivated to make a statement. They should be able to win and cover in this one although I hate giving large numbers or points on the road (see Florida results from last night). Confidence Meter: 6

9:10- Spurs Winning Margin: The Spurs are cruising having won ten in a row as they head to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves who have lost 12 of their last 14 including three of their last four which have all been at home. Minnesota only averages 5.5 three’s per game, but that may improve with Alexey Shved back on the floor more. I don’t think they’ll make more than seven or eight in this one and I think the Spurs (even without Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan most likely) will win this by 10 easily. Confidence Meter: 7

9:35- Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks have started the year playing well and haven’t lost in regulation in their last five games. They knocked off the Wild, Kings, and Sharks on their last homestand and start a six-game road trip tonight against the banged-up Avalanche. Colorado lost to Dallas at home on Monday and have lost four of their last six overall. Anaheim is playing better coming into this one, but they are on the road so it’s not a lock. Confidence Meter: 5

10:30- 25 Points or fewer: This pick is subject to change based on how the first half plays out, but I’ll start taking the under since I don’t think the Wolves will be able to keep this anywhere close meaning the Spurs won’t need to score a lot in the third quarter. Confidence Meter: 2

February so Far

Yesterday’s picks: 4-4

All Picks this month: 28-28-1

Confident Picks this month 6+: 8-10

Longest Personal Streak this month: W4

Current Personal Streak: W1 (Chicago)

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