ESPN Streak for the Cash, March 7 Picks and Analysis

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Mar 5, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball against Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

8:10- Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC heads to MSG to take on the Knicks for the first time this season. Both teams have won five of their last six, but New York may be unavailable for the second game in a row. The Knicks were ok without him last night winning by 10 on the road in Detroit, but the level of play is sure to be kicked up a notch in the second half of their back-to-back as they take on the Thunder. Oklahoma City is playing better defense and will need to shut down the reemerging Amare Stoudemire who has scored a season-high 22 points in each of his last two games. With the Thunder rolling and the Knicks on a back-to-back, I think OKC is a solid pick here even on the road against the Melo-less Knicks. Confidence Meter: if Anthony plays and 8 if he doesn’t.

9:05- Michigan State: The Spartans are four-point favorites as they host Wisconsin tonight in their second-to-last Big Ten regular season game of the season.The Spartans and Badgers are both struggling with MSU losing their last three and Wiscy losing to Purdue on Senior Night last week. Despite their struggles, both teams are 11-5 in conference play and still alive for the Big Ten regular season title. The Spartans losses are a bit more excusable since they were on the road (except for against Indiana) and against tough competition. Wisconsin’s loss was at home to Purdue who is just 7-10 in conference play. The Badgers are just 4-5 on the road this season, while Michigan State is an impressive 15-1 at the Breslin Center. When you add on top of all that the fact that the Spartans beat the Badgers at Wisconsin, the Spartans make a really solid straight-up pick tonight. Confidence Meter: 7

Feb, 7, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks forward Carlos Emory (33) defends against Colorado Buffaloes guard Spencer Dinwiddie (25) at Matthew Knight Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

9:05- Colorado Buffaloes: Like the Spartans, the Buffs are trying to complete a season-sweep of a divisional opponent. Colorado has played the Oregon Ducks four times in the last 13 months and taken three of their four meetings including a 48-47 win in Eugene earlier this Pac-12 season. In that game, the Ducks were without starting point guard Dominic Artis, who has comeback recently after a foot injury cost him nine games. Oregon won in his return last week over their rival Oregon State and have won five of six since a three-game slide which included their loss to Colorado. The Buffaloes will have a distinct home court advantage tonight as they’re 11-2 at the Coors Events Center in Boulder including a big win over then-#9 Arizona. Their two home losses were close games to solid teams-UCLA, 78-75, and Arizona State, 63-62 in overtime.  They lost to Cal on the road in their last game, but typically play much better at home which is why the oddsmakers have them as three or four point favorites despite Oregon’s #19 ranking. Confidence Meter: 4

10:40- Denver Nuggets: Another Colorado team with a crazy homecourt advantage has a big game at home as the Nuggets host the Clippers in a great Western Conference showdown in the late game on TNT. Denver is 26-3 at home on the year and beat the Clippers at the Pepsi Center by 14 points earlier this season. The Nuggets come in riding a six-game winning streak including home wins over the Lakers, Hawks, and Thunder. LA is also playing extremely well, but they’re on a back-t0-back after a tough game at home where they beat Milwaukee. Both teams are playing at an elite level, but at home with extra rest I think the Nuggets are the better pick. Confidence Meter: 6

Ded 15, 2012; Palo Alto, CA, USA; UC Davis Aggies guard Corey Hawkins (3) attempts a shot over Stanford Cardinal guard Chasson Randle (5) during the second half at Maples Pavilion. The Stanford Cardinal defeated UC Davis 75-52. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

11:05- UC Davis Aggies: UC Davis hosts Cal State Long Beach and are one-point favorites despite trailing them in the Big West standings by four games. UCD has won five of their last six, but their one loss did come at Long Beach State where they lost by six. Long Beach has dropped their two games since then to Stephen F Austin at hom and UC Irvine on the road. Despite their 13-3 conference record, the 49ers have gone just 6-8 in true road games. Based on their road struggles and their recent form, I think UCD gets their revenge for their earlier season loss behind their Sophomore guard Corey Hawkins who has averaged over 20 points this season  and scored over 30 in his last two home games. Confidence Meter: 5

March Scoreboard

Yesterday’s Record: 4-8

Total Record for the month: 46-35

Confident Picks (6+): 23-8 (1-2 yesterday)

Longest Personal Streak this month: W6

Current Personal Streak: L2

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