ESPN Streak for the Cash Picks and Analysis, February 7


In today’s ESPN Streak for the Cash picks, hockey matchups abound tonight. One of the best is the Penguins as they look to get back to .500 at home behind  goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29). Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday should be a busy and good one for Streak for the Cash players.  With the PGA Tour giving us some early props and a ton of hockey games tonight, there’s something on the board for everyone. Men’s College Basketball rounds out the slate with some big-name and small-school matchups which all could prove to be tough if last night’s games are any indication.

Kansas went down hard at TCU who hadn’t won a Big-12 game yet, but overall the schedule went generally how I thought it would with my best day of the month as my picks went 10-3. Hopefully, I can keep it rolling today with these picks:

Streak Picks 2/7

Sep 9, 2012; Carmel, IN, USA; Vijay Singh tees off on the 5th hole during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

11:11- Vijah Singh or tie: Vijay Singh faces European Lee Westwood in this 9-hole prop. In his last four events which have all been on the European Tour, Westwood has three top-15s including a t5 earlier this month. Singh has been less spectacular but has been steady with a pair of made cuts and top 30′s. The last three years at this event, Singh finished t25, t26, and t35 while Westwood hasn’t played this even in the las three season. Westwood’s ceiling may be higher, but in nine-hole prop I’ll take the tie and the player who knows the course better having played here more often recently. Confidence Meter: 5

2:15- Heath Slocum: This is another nine-hole prop at Pebble Beach. In this matchup Slocum faces Mike Weir giving the tie. Weir has struggled with injuries and has missed three cuts in his four events this year. In 2012 he missed the cut in every single event he played including the AT&T where he shot a +7. Heath Slocum will be making his PGA Tour debut in this event and finished last season t40 making seven of his last nine cuts before the end of last season. I don’t think either golfer will be charging up the leaderboard, but I also expect Slocum to get the green on his way to a made cut at Pebble this week. Confidence Meter: 3

7:00- Montreal Canadiens: The Habs lost last night to the Bruins but it took all Tuuka Rask had to get Boston the win. Tonight, Montreal will hope for an easier time as they travel to Buffalo to take on the struggling Sabres. These two teams played Saturday and Montreal won 6-1. The Sabres will be out for payback but are just 1-6-1 in their last eight. I don’t think they’ll be able to get it done, so I’ll take the Canadiens. Confidence Meter: 6

February 5, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek (93) and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) celebrate a win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Lightning, 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

7:00- Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers have won back-to-back games at home beating Carolina and a nice win over Tampa Bay. They’ll continue their homestand as they welcome in the Florida Panthers who come in 3-5-1 after losing Tuesday to Winnipeg.  The Flyers are playing better and since they’re at home they make the better pick. Confidence Meter: 8

7:00- Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins have been rolling winning four in a row including a 6-3 win on the road at Washington who they’ll meet again tonight. In a bizarre split the Penguins are 6-1 on the road and 1-2 at home, but they should be able to level that home mark by beating a struggling Capitals team that’s just 0-3-1 on the road and has lost four of their last five. Confidence Meter: 7

7:04- Virginia wins by Double Digits: The Cavaliers are favored by 7.5 at home against Clemson tonight in a nice ACC matchup. Virginia is coming off a letdown game loss to Georgia Tech on the road after beating then-#19 NC State in Charlottesville last week. That win was their fourth in a row but Sunday’s loss dropped them back to 5-3 in confiners play. Clemson comes in a game and a half further back at 4-5 in the ACC, but one of their best wins was over Virginia at Clemson (59-44). Since that game though, The Tigers are just 3-3 and have lost all three games on the road to NC State, Florida State, and BC-all teams that Virginia has handled no problem. I think the Cavaliers will get their payback and get the win, but can they cover? I think they will, but the NHL picks are much safer bets although they will take longer. Confidence Meter: 3

8:00- St. Louis Blues: The Blues and Red Wings have already faced off twice this season and they’ll meet for the third time tonight at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. St. Louis won the season opener for both teams in the same spot 6-0 but Detroit got a win on their home ice 5-3 last Friday. The Blues didn’t recover well from that loss dropping a 6-1 game on Tuesday to visiting Nashville. St. Louis isn’t the only team on a two game losing streak though, Detroit has lost their two games since beating the Blues 4-2 at Columbus and 4-1 at home against Calgary. Since the game’s in St. Louis, I think the Blues will hold home ice serve, but both teams are having problems defensively so this one could go either way. Confidence Meter: 4

Dec 15, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Belmont Bruins forward J.J. Mann (14) makes a basket against Kansas Jayhawks forward Perry Ellis (34) in the second half at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won the game 89-60. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

8:05- Belmont Bruins: While Murray State may be the more well-known of these two Ohio Valley Conference teams, Belmont has been the team that’s been cruising through the conference. This will be their hardest game in conference yet as head to Murray to take on the Racers. Murray State is a four point underdog at home and have lost two in conference games-one at home to Eastern Kentucky and one two games ago at Jacksonville State. They also needed overtime their last time out to scrape by Austin Peay at home 75-68. The Bruins, on the other hand, have cruised through conference play for the most part with only one game decided by less than 10 points. They’re a deep team that has a number of players that can score leading them to be ranked in to top 20 in points per game, assists per game, and field goal percentage. Belmont could definitely be a mid-major to watch come March, and I’ll take them to stay unbeaten in the OVC tonight. Confidence Meter: 5

9:00- Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks are on an impressive road trip coming off road wins over Calgary and San Jose after losing the first two games of the trip in shootouts at Minnesota and Vancouver. Tonight they’ll head to the desert to face the Coyotes who are a solid 4-2-1 at home. One of those home losses was to Chicago who won 6-4 back on January 20. Phoenix jumped out fast in that one taking a 1-0 and 2-1 lead before being overwhelmed by the ‘Hawks. Chicago is playing like the best team in the NHL and are the only team left without a regulation loss. They’ll drop one eventually, but I don’t think it will be tonight. The reason I’m not too confident is that Mike Smith has been playing very wel and Phoenix is 3-0-2 in their last five games. Confidence Meter: 4

9:05- Texas A&M: The Aggies are three-point underdogs as they host the Missouri Tigers, but I’m smelling upset in this one. Mizzou just can’t get a win on the road having lost at LSU, Ole Miss, UCLA, and Florida already this season. A&M is just 3-5 in conference and has lost five of their last six, but they did play one of their better games in a long while as they took the Kentucky Wildcats to overtime on Saturday in College Station. The Aggies have shown they can pull the upset, and I think they have it in them to knock off the road-challenged Tigers tonight. Confidence Meter: 3

9:05- Washington FT Made: Washington and UCLA are separated but only a game in the Pac-12 standings as the Huskies head to LA, but they still come in as 8.5 point underdogs at UCLA. The Bruins have dropped three of their last four including a bad loss at Arizona State and a loss at home in overtime to rival USC in their last two games. The Huskies have also been struggling having dropped four of their last five after starting off conference play 4-0. The reason I like Washington as the pick here is that I think this will be a high-scoring game with plenty of free throws and that it will be close coming down to the wire. Washington’s biggest loss in their slide was only nine points while UCLA’s biggest conference win is 14. I think Washington will make around 10 free throws and the game will be close like most in-conference games are. Confidence Meter: 5

11:05- Saint Mary’s Gaels: Saint Mary’s is -2 at Santa Clara tonight in a solid WCC game. The Gaels have won seven in-conference games in a row. Their only WCC loss was by five at Gonzaga who is the best team in the conference. The Broncos of Santa Clara are no slouch either but they did lose at home by 18 to BYU, Gonzaga, Utah State, and UC-Santa Barbara already this season. Saint Mary’s beat BYU who has handled Santa Clara fairly easily twice. Confidence Meter: 7

11:30- USC Trojans: The Trojans are under .500 overall and in the Pac-12, but I still think they’re the better pick as they host Washington State. USC are five point favorites coming off a nice overtime win over UCLA. They’ve also played Arizona State and Oregon close in losing efforts and beaten Oregon State in their last five games. Wazzu is just 2-7 in the Pac-12 and have dropped four of five. They’ve lost already at Stanford, Cal, and Oregon in conference play and their better overall record is just from a lighter non-conference schedule. Confidence Meter: 6 

February so Far

Yesterday’s picks: 10-3

All Picks this month: 38-31-1

Confident Picks this month 6+: 11-12

Longest Personal Streak this month: W4

Current Personal Streak: W2 (Baylor, Spurs 25 or less)

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