ESPN Streak For The Cash, February 27 Picks And Analysis

In one of the best Streak for the Cash picks tonight, can Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) help power forward David Lee (10) beat his former teammates at Madison Square Garden as Golden State takes on the New York Knicks? Find my picks and analysis for that prop and other matchups below. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

With just today and tomorrow before streaks reset, it’s time to get in as many picks as possible in ESPN Streak for the Cash. Fortunately, today’s board has a solid variety of picks and time-slots giving you the chance to pile up some wins by the end of the day. Today’s slate includes picks from the ATP Dubai Tennis Championships, German and English Cup soccer, college hoops, the NBA, and the NHL. After a couple days of college upsets to start the week, there’s sure to be more surprises today. Here’s how I think today’s picks will unfold:

Streak Picks 2/27

10:15- 6 games or fewer: After Federer’s opening match where he lost the first game 7-5, many Streak pickers may be hesitant to take the under again, but I do think it’s the more likely scenerio here as he faces Marcel Branollers. After losing that opening game, Feds dispatched Jaziri 6-0 6-2. Granollers won his first round matchup 6-3, 6-1 but coming into the tournament had lost four of his last six. Federer should continue his dominant play from the post-first game first set and win this one 6-3, 6-3. Confidence Meter: 3

2:30- Bayern Munich win: Bayern are -133 favorites to win at home where they’ve been a dominant 8-2-0 since their last home loss. They’ve also won their last eight in a row overall. Borussia Dortmund has played them well recently though holding them to a draw in Munich at the Allianz Arena 1-1 back on December 1.  In their other meeting of the season, Bayern won 2-1 back on August 12 in the German Super Cup. Because they’re in such top form, it doesn’t seem smart to pick against Bayern at home. Confidence Meter: 5

2:45- Middlesbrough win, draw, or lose by 1: Chelsea should be able to win at Middlesbrough, but with so many fixtures recently they have been far from dominant form. They’ve lost their last three non-FA Cup games although they did beat Brentford 4-0 in the FA Cup Round 4 10 days ago.  Middlesbrough has struggled in the Championship League losing or drawing their last three in a row, but have only lost one game all season at home by multiple goals. I think Chelsea wins, but I don’t want to give that goal and think a draw could be possible. Confidence Meter: 3

Feb 23, 2013; Syracuse, NY, USA; Georgetown Hoyas forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) takes a free throw during the second half against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome. Georgetown defeated Syracuse 57-46. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

7:03- Georgetown: The Hoyas are three-point road favorites as they travel to Hartford to take on UConn. The Huskies have pulled out some upsets at home this season including then-#6 Syracuse and a win over Cincinnati in overtime last week. Beating Georgetown would be their biggest win of the year though, since the Hoyas have been amont the hottest team in the country having won nine in a row and 11 of their last 12 to rise to the top of the Big East. The catalyst for their recent hot-streak has been the emergence of Otto Porter Jr. who is a definite player of the year candidate and a legit NBA talent. Georgetown’s defense will lock down the Huskies guards and their lack of inside presence will ultimately be their undoing in this one as the Hoyas keep on rolling. Confidence Meter: 6

7:05- Toronto Raptors: The Raps opened as 1 1/2 point favorites over Cleveland who got a very nice road win in Chicago even without Kyrie Irving. Irving is day-to-day, but I like Toronto to get this win wether he plays or not. Toronto is just 8-19 on the road but they’ve won their last three on the road since bringing in Rudy Gay over New York, Washington, and Indiana. The Cavs stepped it up last night but are just 3-14 on the second half of back-to-backs, so I think the Raptors will get another road win here. Confidence Meter: 4

February 25, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski (left) celebrates his goal with center Nazem Kadri (43) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at the Wells Fargo Center. The Maple Leafs defeated the Flyers, 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

7:35- Toronto Maple Leafs: In an all-Canada matchup, Montreal heads to the Air Canada Centre to take on the Maple Leafs. Toronto took the first two meetings between the two teams including a 6-0 rout back on February 9. Since then, the Habs have earned a point in every game they’ve played but have lost two of their last three in overtime of shootout. Toronto has amazingly not lost at all in overtime or shootout all season on their way to a 12-8-0 start. They’ve won their last three in a row at home outscoring their opponents 11-3 behind steller gaol-tending from Ben Scrivens in each of those wins. The Leafs and are coming of a stretch where they played four of five on the road and have gone 4-2-0 in their last six. I think the Maple Leafs are the pick here based on their home ice advantage and the fact that they’ve knocked Montreal around already twice this season in Montreal. Confidence Meter: 5

8:10- Warriors 3-pointers made: The Knicks are 6 1/2 point favorites as they host Golden State at Madison Square Garden tonight. The Warriors played last night and lost by 11 in Indiana while hitting a dozen three’s. They average just under eight per game led by Steph Curry and Klay Thompson who both average over 2.5 per game. Unlike Golden State, the Knicks haven’t played since Sunday when they got their first win of the second half by six over visiting Philadelphia. The Knicks lost to the Pacers and Raptors both beat New York coming out of the All-Star break and have won just twice in their last seven games overall. I don’t have any confidence that the Knicks will win the game at all, never mind by enough to cover the Warriors three’s which can be a substantial number. When you add in the brawl factor which could unite and inspire this team, I think the Warriors make a strong pick tonight at they head into MSG as long as Curry isn’t suspended. Confidence Meter: 7

9:05- Oklahoma Sooners: The Sooners have put together a nice little run as we come to the end of the Big 12 season including winning four of their last five with wins at home over Baylor and then-#5 Kansas. They won’t be at home tonight though as they travel to Austin where they are 2 1/2 point favorites over Texas. The Longhorns haven’t been able to get much momentum even with Myck Kabongo back from his suspension. They’ve lost four of their last six including home defeats at the hands of K-State and Oklahoma State. OU is the better team, but going on the road and winning is never easy. I think they’ll get it done today though since they do have three road wins in conference. Confidence Meter: 6

10:40- Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets take on Portland at the Rose Garden tonight. Denver has the far better record but their road record (12-19) pales in comparison to the Blazers home record (18-9). As their records would indicate most likely, the home team has won each of the first two meetings between these teams as the season series stands at 1-1. With that being said, I still give Denver the slight edge in this pick ‘em game based solely on recent form. The Blazers had lost seve in a row before knocking off the Celtics on Sunday while the Nuggets have won three of their last four. Denver has lost four of their last five road games with the only win during that stretch coming over the lowly Bobcats. This game has “STAY AWAY” written all over it in my opinion, but I’d take Denver if forced to pick. Confidence Meter: 2.5

11:05- Colorado Buffaloes: The Buffs have won four of five headed into their game tonight against the Cardinal where Stanford is favored by 3. Colorado has won three of its last four road games in-conference as well and has knocked off three top 25 teams this year. Stanford hasn’t fared quite as well going 1-4 against ranked squards and dropping three of their last four including a pair of losses on their home floor to USC and UCLA. Colorado beat Stanford by 21 in their first meeting in Boulder, so Stanford will certainly see this as a chance at redemption after shooting a woeful 31% from the field while allowing Colorado to shoot 53%. While the result will be much closer this time around, I think Colorado will complete the regular season sweep. Confidence Meter: 5

11:06- Saint Mary’s winning Margin: The Gaels have been proving their tournament-worthiness with some impressive wins lately as they’ve won 12 of their last 13 and knocked off Creighton and BYU in their last two games. Tonight they’ll face Pepperdine as 11 1/2 point favorites. In their recent streak of success they beat the Waves by 12 at Saint Mary’s and now head to the Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu to face the Waves who are just 4-10 in conference. Against the better teams, they have managed to keep their losses close at home so a cover is a distinct possibility. The only real home blowout was against Gonzaga who beat them by 16. In this prop, the Gaels will have to win by more than the FT made by Pepperdine who average 12.1 makes per game. I think this prop will end up close but that the Gaels will win by enough against aWaves team sinking fast. Confidence Meter: 3

February Scoreboard

Yesterday’s picks: 5-5

All Picks this month: 162-146-2

Confident Picks this month 6+: 59-43

Longest Personal Streak this month: W9

Current Personal Streak: W1 (Florida’s scoring second-half under)

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