ESPN Streak for the Cash February 22 Picks and Analysis

In one of tonight’s Streak for the Cash picks, the Spurs head to Oakland to take on the Golden State Warriors. San Antonio has looked incredible under head coach Gregg Popovich who has blended young talent like Danny Green (4) with a veteran core. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Friday’s are always good ones for Streak for the Cash picks and today’s got a solid slate with golf, tennis, and soccer during the day to get things started.  Tonight’s the regular schedule of NBA and NHL action with a few college basketball games sprinkled in. The one abnormal pick is the Friday Night Fights prop which can keep things interesting if you’re looking for variety. After a tough day yesterday, hopefully I can bounce back with today’s picks. Here’s the ones I’ll be watching today:

Streak Picks for 2/22

10:05- Any Other Result: As the Dubai Tennis Championships continue, Petra Kvitova takes on Caroline Wozniacki. The two have met seven times and Kvitova has won four including the last three. However, the last two have gone three sets and they’ve both been on hard court like this one be. Both have won their last three games and are in good form so this one has a good chance of going three sets. My guess is that Kvitova pulls it out, but it should be a good match. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

11:30- Francesco Molinari: I made this pick with the rest of my round one picks with this analysis: “In the final match of the day, Molinari looks for his second first-round win in a row as he takes on the Spaniard Fernandez-Castano who pushed Tiger to 18 holes last year in his first appearance. Fernandez-Castano has won six times in his career in Europe including his second career win at the BMW Italian Open last September. Molinari has won three times in Europe including a 2010 WGC event. He’s a bit more accustom to this event and to playing in the US, so I think he’ll get the win in this one.”  This match is currently all square through 15. Confidence Meter: 5

Sep 7, 2012; Carmel, IN, USA; Ian Poulter hits his second shot from the spectator area on the 18th hole during the second round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

11:56- Ian Poulter: The full write-up on round 2 is coming right up but this is my coming analysis: “Poulter is known for his match play prowess and is a former champion at this event (2010). Stephen Gallacher of Scotland took him to the 17th hole though before Poulter was able to advance 2 and 1. He’ll take on Bo Van Pelt who won 6 and 5 over John Senden. He was the first winner to get through into round two needing just one hole on Thursday to finish his match, but his win was more a result of the Aussie Senden’s struggles than his strong play. I’ll take Poulter to move on in this won.” Confidence Meter: 6

3:30- Real Sociedad win/draw: Sociedad is 10-7-7 in La Liga action and 3-3-5 on the road as they travel to Bilboa to take on Athletic Bilboa.  Bilboa has lost their last two outright by a combined 5-0 to Espanyol and Malaga. Sociedad has won or drawn their last six including a win at home against Barcelona. Confidence Meter: 5

7:00- Toronto Raptors: I don’t love this pick either way, but the Knicks have dropped three in a row and looked bad against Indiana to start the second-half. The Raptors have bee trending the other direction winning six in a row before losing to Memphis their last time out. Since the game is in Toronto, I think it’s crazy that less than 3% of streakers are taking the Raps. I do expect the Knicks to be ok in the second half but don’t think they go on the road and get this win. It’s a stay-away game for me, but don’t flock to the red on the Knicks. Confidence Meter: 3

Feb 19, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Butler Bulldogs guards Rotnei Clarke (15) and guard Kellen Dunham (24) stand at midcourt while the Duquesne Dukes shoot free throws at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler defeats Duquesne 68-49. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

7:03- Butler Bulldogs: The Bulldogs host the Saint Louis Billikens tonight in the most intriguing major college game on the schedule. They’re only favored by 1 1/2 against a strong Saint Louis team that has won its last eight games and lead the Atlantic 10. Butler has its players back from injury that cost them some games earlier on in the season. One of their three conference losses was at Saint Louis where they got beat badly losing by 17. Butler is good at home going 13-1 at Hinkle Fieldhouse where the Billikens will play them tonight. The ranking doesn’t mean anything in this one, but the fact that Butler is at home and healthy should let them get the revenge win they’ll be after as they look to retake the top spot in the A-10 at least temporarily. Confidence Meter: 5

7:30- Brooklyn Nets: The Rockets are coming off a nice win over the Thunder at home as they travel to Brooklyn to try and complete the series sweep of the Nets. They won the first time these teams met in Houston 119-106. The Rockets will be a slightly different team this time due to their trade deadline machinations, but I really like the addition of Thomas Robinson and think the Rockets will be solid team to watch in the second half. However, the reason I’m not taking them in this one is that the Nets have been playing well of late winning four in a row and are at home where they have a 20-10 record. The Rockets struggle on the road and are just 11-18 away from the Toyota Center. It’s unclear if Robinson or any other trade acquisitions will be suited up for tonight, but either way I think the Nets are the pick since this game’s in Jersey. Confidence Meter: 4

Feb 18, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Nashville Predators center David Legwand (11) chases the puck in front of Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod (55) during the second period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

8:00- Nashville Predators: The Canucks head east to take on Nashville who has proven tough at home in the Bridgestone Arena. Nashville is 5-2-2 at home this season and 4-1-1 in their last six at home. They’re coming off a nice win Tuesday over Detroit at home and have also defeated San Jose and the defending-champion Kings on their home ice lately. Vancouver hasn’t beaten many teams lately having lost three in a row before getting the win just last night in Dallas 4-3. They’ll be playing Nashville on the second game in back-to-back nights which is always something to consider (just as the Flyers pickers from last night). I think the Preds at home make a solid pick here and the oddsmakers have them at -110. Confidence Meter: 5

10:10- Yes All 12 Rounds will be finished: I’m not a big boxing fan but the odds are strong (-160) that it goes the distance. If you’re looking to take this pick that’s the way I’d go. Confidence Meter: 3

10:40- San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs got plenty of rest last night while absolutely destroying the Clippers in LA. It was such a beatdown that many were calling for the mercy rule by halftime as the Spurs won their fifth in a row to improve to 22-10 on the road. The Warrriors are good at home but are still just 17-7 which shows how remarkable the Spurs dominance on the road has been. Lately, the Warriors have been in a funk losing six in a row before bouncing back to beat Phoenix after the break. Their defense deserted them as they allowed an average of 117.5 points per game during that time which doesn’t bode well against the efficient and high-scoring Spurs attack. If San Antonio can come close to matching their performance last night, this will be an easy win for them and taking them on the road even on a back-to-back isn’t too much of a concern based on their track record and incredibly high level of play  recently. Confidence Meter: 7

February so Far

Yesterday’s picks: 4-9

All Picks this month: 131-116-2

Confident Picks this month 6+: 48-34 

Longest Personal Streak this month: W9

Current Personal Streak: L2 (Panthers and Spurs)

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