ESPN Streak for the Cash February 9 Picks and Analysis

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Feb 7, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) blocks a shot against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators beat the Kings 3-0. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

7:00- New York Islanders: Both the Islanders and the Sabres who they host in this one have 9 points on the year and have been struggling of late. New York has lost three in a row to the Devils, Penguins, and Rangers but before that had won a pair against New Jersey and Pittsburgh. In this one they’ll face Buffalo for the first time this year. The Sabres got back in the win column with a shootout victory over Montreal on Thursday. That win and the win in Boston 7-4 are the only victories in their last nine games. No one has allowed more goals than the Sabres who have given up 41. New York will try to add to their woes as they look to welcome Lubomir Visnovsky and Josh Bailey  making their season debuts. The boost from those players along with playing at home make me think that the Isles can get the win in this one. Confidence Meter: 4

7:05- Arizona State Sun Devils: The Sun Devils have been playing some good basketball as of late and are just a game back in the Pac-12 standings. Tonight they’ll host Stanford who is two games behind them in conference play and one of the most inconsistent teams out West. ASU has won four of their last five with their only loss coming at Washington. The Sun Devils are 14-2 at home in Tempe and will look to pick up another win over the Cardinal tonight. Stanford is just 2-5 on the road after losing by seven at Arizona but had been playing better before that game. It’s a tricky pick since you never know what Stanford team will show up, but I think the Sun Devils are the better scoring team and they’re at home so I’ll take them in this game in which they’re favored by a deuce. Confidence Meter: 5

8:00- Nashville Predators: The Preds are starting to get things rolling as they head to Saint Paul to take on the Wild. The Nashville defense has been exceptional leading the league in GAA with a 1.81 average. Goalie Pekka Rinne has gotten hot and has been helping Nashville roll through their opponents. They’ve won their last four in a row against some of the best teams in the league. They have two wins over the defending champion LA Kings to go with wins at San Jose and St. Louis. Tonight they’ll face a Wild team that has lost three in a row by a combined score of 9-3 to Anaheim, Phoenix, and Vancouver. Take the team with the hot goalie and the great defense to get the win in this one. Confidence Meter: 6

Feb 6, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Vince Carter (25) reacts after hitting a three in the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at the American Airlines Center. The Mavs beat the Trail Blazers 105-99. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

8:30- Dallas Mavericks: The Warriors are supposedly an “old-school team with an old-school coach” according to coach Mark Jackson’s comments earlier this week. What they need now is some old school defense-actually, they need any kind of defense at all. The Warriors have given up 140 to Houston, 119 to Oklahoma City, and 99 to Memphis in their last three games all of which were losses on the road. They’ll be on the second half of back-to-back games after playing the Grizz last night while Dallas should be well rested after not playing since Wednesday. The Mavs got the win in that one against the visiting Trail Blazers ans will look to gather some momentum as they play the second game in this five-game homestand. The Mavs and Warriors should be nearly full strength although Andrew Bogut may not play since he started and played 28 minutes last night in Memphis. Golden State may also be without Jarrett Jack who is day-to-day with a shoulder bruise. The Warriors are struggling on the road especially defensively so I think Dirk, Mayo, and the Mavs get the win at the American Airlines Center tonight. Confidence Meter: 5

9:00- UNLV: The New Mexico Lobos head into the Thomas & Mack Center to take on the UNLV Runnin’ Rebs tonight in Las Vegas. The Rebs are actually favored by five despite dropping their last two and three of their last five although all those were on the road. At home this season they’re 13-1, but New Mexico will be quite a challenge. The Lobos are up to #15 in the country after a 7-1 Mountain West start. They’ve won three in a row and seven of eight including a five point win over UNLV when the sides met January 9 in the Land of Enchantment. New Mexico has bee scraping by on the road losing at SD State by 21 and only beating Wyoming by four and Boise State by five in overtime. UNLV is a good team, and even though I think New Mexico has a brighter future in the tournament, I think the Rebs get this win due to their homecourt advantage. Don’t get fooled by the rankings. Confidence Meter: 3

9:05- Nebraska Cornhuskers: If you like good college basketball games, stay away from watching this one. Both teams are at the bottom of the Big 10 standings. Penn State is definitely worse though so it’s actually a good game to pick (even if not to watch). Penn State is 0-10 in conference and Nebraska already beat them by four in University Park. For this one they’ll travel to Lincoln where the Huskers picked up their second win against Northwestern before stayining within seven against Ohio State their last time out. I don’t think this one will even be close as Penn State’s Big 10 woes continue. Confidence Meter: 6

9:06- No Louisville double digit lead in 1st half: Louisville heads to Notre Dame for what I think will be a very tough game for them. Their favored by only 5.5 and the Irish are stout at home. I doubt the have a double digit lead at any point during the game and the odds are even heavier against them doing it in the first half. Confidence Meter: 7

Jan 30, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; Creighton Bluejay forward Doug McDermott (3) shoots during the second half of their game against the Missouri State Bears at the CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Dave Weaver-USA TODAY Sports

10:05- Creighton wins by Double Digits: The Blue Jays are 20-4 on the season and 9-3 in te Missouri Valley Conference. They’ve won eight times this season by double-digits and beat the Illinois State Redbirds, who they face it tonight’s prop, by eight earlier this season on the road. At home, I think they can cover and win by ten Confidence Meter: 6

11:05- Saint Mary’s wins by Double Digits: The last pick of the day is Saint Mary’s taking to the road as they face San Diego. They beat the Toreros by 33 at home earlier this season but San Diego has been playing well at home as of late. They just knocked off BYU at home by six on Thurday and only lost by two to Gonzaga a week ago at home. The Gaels have been playing extremely well too having won their last eight in a row and winning by double digits in five of those games. I’m not as confident as I am in Creighton since Saint Mary’s is on the road, but I still think they’re the pick. Confidence Meter: 4

February so Far

Yesterday’s picks: 3-5

All Picks this month: 50-40-1

Confident Picks this month 6+: 14-16

Longest Personal Streak this month: W4

Current Personal Streak: L1 (Jazz at home to Chicago)

 

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