Feb 13, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes head coach Jim Larranaga talks to his team during a timeout during the second half of the game against the Florida State Seminoles at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Streak for the Cash February 19 Picks and Analysis


In tonight’s marquee matchup on ESPN Streak for the Cash, the Indiana Hoosiers and guard Victor Oladipo (4) tangle with the  Michigan State Spartans and guard Gary Harris (14) in East Lansing. Earlier this season, Indiana defeated Michigan State 75-70, but can the Spartans flip the script as they host the Hoosiers? Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It’s another great day of Streak picks on ESPN’s Streak for the Cash with some great college basketball action tonight and the NBA back from their All-Star break. There’s also some NHL picks tonight and some soccer and tennis earlier today to get things started.

After a rough start to yesterday, my picks rebounded and finished well, so hopefully I can keep it rolling into today’s picks. Here’s the ones I’m watching today:

Streak Picks 2/19

Jan 21, 2013; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) reacts during her match against Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) on day eight of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park. Mandatory Credit: Pierre Lahalle/Presse Sports via USA TODAY Sports

10:10- Caroline Wozniacki wins 2-0: Wozniacki  faces Lucie Safarova in the finals of the Dubai Tennis Championship. She’s -150 to win in straight sets, but Safarova has won two of three against Woz including their last meeting in Qatar on hard court. Both players dropped their last match in straight sets, but I think Wozniacki bounces back with a straight set win here. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

2:45- Bayern Munich win: Getting the draw at home makes Arsenal favored, but Bayern is a top team in the world and have dominated on the road as well as at home in Germany. Arsenal is in decent form outside of a throwaway FA Cup match, but they just don’t have the firepower or the defense to get a draw against Bayern in my opinion. Confidence Meter: 5

2:46- 1 or  2 Goals: The odds say this is a very strong play. I think Bayern will score one or two in the first half and another one in the second half. If this misses, I play on bouncing back with no goal for Arsenal. Confidence Meter: 6

7:02-Michigan State: The Spartans just embarrassed Michigan winning by 23 over the then-#4 Wolverines. They’ve also won home games against then-#18 Minnesota and then-#11 Ohio State while beating then-#7 Kansas on a neutral court earlier this season. Tonight, they’ll get a chance to avenge one of their in-conference losses as #1 Indiana comes to the Breslin Center. Earlier this season in Bloomington Indiana won a hard-fought 75-70 win over the Spartans. Indiana has lost one of their last two road games falling at Illinois 74-72. Michigan State will prove another tough test for the Hoosiers who come in as underdogs despite their #1 overall ranking. It should be a great game, but there’s no way I’m picking against Sparty at home after watching them crush the Wolverines. Confidence Meter: 4

7:04- LSU 3-Pointers Made or Tie: The Tigers head to Knoxville to take on the Volunteers who are favored by 7 1/2. Tennesee is coming off their best win of the season as they demolished Kentucky by 30. Remember though, that that game was the Wildcats first without injured Nerlens Noel which makes the ‘Cats much more tame. The Vols will need another good performance to hold off LSU who leveled their SEC record at 6-6 just like Tennessee’s with their last win. LSU has won five of six with their only loss during that span coming by three on the road at Alabama. They only lost by five to Kentucky at Kentucky before Noel’s injury, so I think the Tigers can stay within seven of the Vols. LSU averages over 6 three-pointers a game and I think this one will be a close, hard-fought game that will come right down to the end. Confidence Meter: 3

Feb 17, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the First Niagara Center. Penguins beat the Sabres 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

7:05- Buffalo Sabres: The Jets land in Buffalo tonight as they take on the struggling Sabres. Buffalo is fifth in the Northeast division but still has more points than Winnipeg. They were edged out by the Penguins in Buffalo on Sunday after beating division-rival Boston 4-2 at home last Friday. Winnipeg was unable to come up with a win on their most recent homestand dropping three games last week to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Boston. Since Buffalo’s at home and they’re in slightly better form, I think they’ll pull this one out. Confidence Meter: 5

7:05- Washington Wizards: If the NHL and college matchups aren’t your thing, you can welcome back the NBA with this matchup of teams that had rough first half’s but ended on an uptick. The Raptors are playing well since acquiring Rudy Gay and won their last four before the break. The Wizards didn’t make an addition but got John Wall and Bradley Beal back from injury and have won 10 of 18 since Wall’s return. They lost on the road at Detroit right before the break ending their run of four straight. At home, they’ve won eight of their last nine including some high-quality wins. The Wizards are three-point favorites, so don’t just follow the 90+% of streakers headed to Toronto’s side. I’m rolling with the Wizards who I expect to have a solid second-half. Confidence Meter: 4

8:05- New Orleans Hornets: The Hornets started out as two-point favorites but are now two-point home underdogs as they host the Bulls. New Orleans beat Chicago earlier this season in Chicago and won four of five before the break. I’m going to stay away from this prop, but don’t just go with the Bulls without thinking this one through. Greivis Vasquez, Anthony Davis, and Ryan Anderson make the Hornets far from pushovers. Confidence Meter: 2

8:35- Chicago Blackhawks: Unlike the Bulls, I think this Chicago team deserves the hype they’re getting. They are still undefeated in regulation at 12-0-3 as they host Vancouver tonight. One of their losses came to the Canucks in overtime in Vancouver, and they’ll be out to get their revenge tonight at the United Center. Vancouver has lost their last two games both of which were at home. Confidence Meter: 6

9:04- Florida winning Margin: The Gators are only 4 1/2 point favorites as they head to Missouri where they look to trounce the Tigers who they demolished by 31 earlier this year in Gainesville. I think this game will be closer, but that Florida will pull away at the end and win by about 10. Mizzou averages 6.6 three’s per game, but I think the Gators D will hold them to three of four while Florida wins this by more than that and they get the cover. The Gators already had their road letdown at Arkansas and I don’t think it will happen again. Confidence Meter: 5

9:06- Miami wins by double digits: The Hurricanes host Virginia and are 8 1/2 point favorites. They haven’t looked great in their last two games, but they’ll be back home for this one where they’ve won their last four by double digits including big wins over then-#1 Duke and North Carolina. They’ve won close games on the road all year, but no one since Maryland (who lost by 7) has been able to hang with them in the BankUnited Center. Virginia is a solid team, but they’ve fared better at home than on the road where they’re 2-4 in conference play with a pair of double-digit defeats at UNC and at Clemson. Confidence Meter: 6

9:07-Utah Jazz: The Jazz are good at home and the Warriors forgot how to play defense lately. They come in favored by three and having won six of their last ten while Golden State has dropped five in a row. Confidence Meter: 4

February so Far

Yesterday’s picks: 4-4

All Picks this month: 116-93-1

Confident Picks this month 6+: 42-32

Longest Personal Streak this month: W9

Current Personal Streak: W1 (K-State by double digits)


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