Feb 9, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild players celebrate the goal by forward Cal Clutterbuck (22) in the second period against the Nashville Predators at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Streak for the Cash February 11 Picks and Analysis


In tonight’s Streak for the Cash picks, last year’s Frozen Four champion Boston College goes for the Beanpot Championship against Northeastern. Find my picks for that game and the rest of Monday’s action here. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Time to get another week rolling on Streak for the Cash today with a solid board of hoops and hockey tonight preceded by soccer from across the Atlantic in England, Greece, and Egypt.

This weekend was a tough one for Streak for the Cash players with Saturday halting many streaks and some key upsets on Sunday as well. I had a decent day yesterday and come into today with a 5-game streak thanks to a 4-for-4 day yesterday on my personal entry. Here’s the matchups I’ll be paying closest attention to on today’s schedule:

Streak Picks 2/11

7:30- Al Mokawloon Al Arab win/draw: I couldn’t find lots of info on the Egypt Premier League, but what I could find showed that Al Mokawloon Al Arab had gotten a win or draw in each of the last three head to head matchups. They also appear to be the favorite getting the draw according to the oddsmakers so go with them and the draw if you’re desparate for green this morning. Confidence Meter: 2

12:30- Plantanias win: This Greek Super League match features two teams fighting to avoid relegation. Plantanias hosts this one against Aris Salonika. Plantanias is 3-4-2 at home with an even goal differential while Salonika is 0-4-5  with an ugly -11 goad difference on the road. With that bad of a road record I’ll take the home team who needs the win if the hope to avoid relegation. Confidence Meter: 3

3:00- Liverpool 2+: I’m taking Liverpool even giving a goal based on their recent form. They earned a pair of road draws at Aresenal and Mac City in their last two games and trounced Norwich City 5-0. In their last three home EPL games their aggregate is 12-0 over Fulham, Sunderland, and Norwich. West Brom’s form has been equally as bad as they’ve lost outright five of their last six EPL games who are 3-2-7 with a goal differential of -8 on the road. Liverpool is playing well at home and scoring in bunches while West Brom’s defense has struggled. Confidence Meter: 4 

7:00- Carolina Hurricanes: The ‘Canes head to Uniondale to take on the Islanders tonight as they look to snap a four-game skid against New York and continue their largely successful road trip. Carolina is 2-1-1 so far on their six-game trip and are coming off a tough 4-3 OT loss at Philadelphia. The Islanders are coming off a loss on Saturday too as they fell to Buffalo 3-2 despite outshooting the Sabres 43-15. Carolina has played well on the road so far while the Isles are just 1-4-0 at home. Confidence Meter: 3

Jan 30, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners forward Romero Osby (24) dribbles during the game against the Baylor Bears at the Ferrell Center. Oklahoma won 74-71. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

7:03- Oklahoma wins by 15+: The Sooners are favored by 4.5 points coming off a win over Kansas on Saturday. They’ll host TCU tonight who just got their first Big 12 win last week by beating the reeling Jayhawks in Forth Worth. TCU is the worst team in the conference and has lost all their road games in conference. They lost at Texas by 17, at WVU by 21, at Baylor by 11, and at OK State by 18. Even after defeating Kansas, the Horned Frogs lost by 13 to WVU on Saturday. WVU has already faced Oklahoma twice as well losing both games even though one was in Morgantown. The Sooners had dropped their last two before beating Kansas. The did beat Texas Tech by more than 15 in their only 15+ conference win but I think TCU is worse than the Red Raiders so I’ll take the Sooners and give the points. Confidence Meter: 6

7:05- Georgetown Hoyas: The Hoyas host the Marquette Golden Eagles tonight in the Big East’s Big Monday game. Georgetown has won five in a row including wins over then-#24 Notre Dame and then-#5 Louisville. Marquette has won four of their last five with their only loss coming on the road at Lousville where they lost by 19. The Golden Eagles lead the Big East, but I don’t think they’ll be able to get the win in this one. They were able to edge Georgetown by one when the Hoyas visited Milwaukee, but they’ve struggled on the road against quality opponents and I think Georgeown is playing well enough to get the win in this one. Confidence Meter: 5

7:35- Boston College: BC faces Northeastern in the Beanpot Championship. Northeastern wasn’t supposed to make this game but did pull off the upset of BU in the semifinals. BC beat Northeastern January 19 when they last met by a score of 9-3. The two teams were tied 3-3 after one period, but the Eagles scored six unanswered in the final two periods to skate away winners. Northeastern is last place in Hockey East with a 4-11-3 record in conference. BC is 12-6-1 in the same conference and are ranked #4 in the country. Anything can happen, but this is as close to a lock as you’ll get today. Confidence Meter: 8

Feb 9, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Elton Brand (42) and small forward Shawn Marion (0) and power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) watch from the bench as the Mavericks take on the Golden State Warriors during the second half at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Warriors 116-91. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

8:30- Dallas Mavericks: The Mavs look to extend their successful homestand with their third straight win as they welcome the Atlanta Hawks to Town. Dallas beat Golden State Saturday and Portland Wednesday to open their five-game homestand. Maybe this is the beginning of the surge many people are expecting from Dallas, and maybe it isn’t. What we do know is that Atlanta is far from surging playing inconsistently  lately having dropped three of four including home games to the Bulls and Hornets. They’ve won just one of their nine road games since the first of the year beating only Charlotte on the road while losing to Minnesota, Cleveland, and Washington during that stretch. With all the trade rumors swirling around Atlanta and their recent road woes, I think they’re set up to be steam-rolled by the Mavs and Dallas should be able to improve its 14-9 home record against the Hawks who are just 10-13 on the road. Confidence Meter: 6

9:00- Minnesota Wild: The Wild got back in the win column with a 2-1 win in overtime over Nashville on Saturday and now head to Calgary to take on the under-manned Flames. Calgary will again be without Miikka Kiprusoff who is on injured reserve and will have to go with backup goalkeeper Leland Irving. Irving won on Thursday but was exposed in a 5-1 loss to Vancouver. Calgary is just 1-3-1 at home and have given up 3.4 goals per game ranking them 28th out of 30 NHL teams. Minnesota has taken some time to gel together as a unit after some big offseason acquisitions but I think they’ll end up finishing in the playoffs while I doubt Calgary gets in. Without their goalie, there’s no way I’ll take the Flames even at home, so the Wild make a decent pick as they head to Alberta. Confidence Meter: 4

10:10- 62 Points or Fewer: This pick is subject to change based on the first half pace  for updates. In their previous meeting neither half reached 60. Confidence Meter: 2

February so Far

Yesterday’s picks: 7-4

All Picks this month: 67-57-1

Confident Picks this month 6+: 11-22

Longest Personal Streak this month: W5

Current Personal Streak: W5 (ManU, Cuse, Raps, and Buffs yesterday)

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