ESPN Streak For The Cash, March 16 Picks And Analysis

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Mar 13, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) celebrates his goal against Ottawa Senators with teammates during the second period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

7:00- Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens have emerged as an Eastern Conference heavyweight climbing all the way to the top of the standings. Tonight they’ll go for their fifth win in a row  as they take on the Devils tonight in Jersey. New Jersey has struggled since losing Martin Brodeur with Johan Hedberg going 3-6-2 with a 3.16 GAA over his past 11. In the one meeting between these clubs, the Habs won 4-3 in overtime at home in Montreal. Confidence Meter: 7

7:30- New York Islanders: The Islanders head to Sunrise to take on the worst team in the NHL, the Florida Panthers. The Panthers have lost five in a row as they welcome the Isles for their first meeting of the season. Florida has dominated the recent series, but that was all before this season when the Panthers have struggled mightily especially defensively. On the other bench, the Islanders are playing much getter and are 4-1-1 in March after their win in Tampa on Thursday. Confidence Meter: 6

March 8, 2013; Orlando FL, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Gerald Green (25) shoots a three pointer against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Amway Center. Indiana Pacers defeated the Orlando Magic 115-86. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

7:30- Indiana Pacers: The Pacers fell apart last night as they got beaten by LA at home even though Kobe barely played. They’ll look to bounce back quickly as they take on the struggling 76ers who have dropped six of their last seven and 13 of their last 15. Indiana has already beaten Philadelphia twice this season, once in Phily where they rolled by 19 at the beginning of last month. The Pacers are 4.5 point favorites and should be able to get the green although the Sixers have played much better in their last two games. Confidence Meter: 6 1/2

8:00- Anaheim Ducks: Anaheim has won their last two games both on the road as they take on the St. Louis Blues in what should be a good matchup. The Blues are playing well too with three straight wins at home and four of their last five overall. Anaheim handed them their one loss in that stretch last Sunday at the Pond and will look to complete the series sweep with a win tonight. Both teams are playing well and it should be a great game, but I’ll go with the Ducks since they’ve beaten the Blues two times already this year. Confidence Meter: 4

8:00- Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks still have the best record in the NHL and are coming off a shootout win over Columbus in Columbus on Thursday. The Stars were in a shootout Thursday night as well, but they lost to the Anaheim Ducks for their third straight defeat. They’ve been outscored 8-2 during their losing streak and are just 5-5-2 at home at the American Airlines Center where this game will be tonight. The Blackhawks have already won once in Dallas a 3-2 OT win back on January 24. Confidence Meter: 6

 

Mar 12, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC defender Djimi Traore (19) celebrates with Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (6) and Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani (11) after Traore scored a goal during the 2nd half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Tigres UANL 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

8:15- Seattle Sounders win: Seattle at home is always a good pick especially against the Portland Timbers. The Timbers are 0-1-1 after losing last week to the Montreal Impact. Seattle had a nice mid-week showing in their Champions League play and will look to traslate their momentum to their MLS play tonight. Confidence Meter: 4

9:30- Weber State Wildcats: The Big Sky tournament comes down to Weber State and Montana who have split a pair of meetings already this season and were the top two teams in conference play all season with a combined record of 37-3. The game is in Missoula, Montana since the Grizzlies took the regular season title at 19-1. Montana edged Weber by two back on January 26 when the two met in this venue, but Weber State took out its frustration beating the Grizzlies by 25 as part of their 13 game winning streak since losing to Montana. Montana lost to Davidson at Davidson since their mid-February loss to the Wildcats but have had an easier run to the championship game and are an impressive 14-1 at home on the season. Weber State has been playing better lately and their home win over Montana was pretty convincing, so I’ll take them to win what should be an highly entertaining Big Sky Championship game. Confidence Meter: 3

9:45- Syracuse more 3 PM in 2nd Half or Tie: Syracuse and Louisville average about the same amount of three-pointers, but the Orange have shot the ball very well in the Big East Tournament. James Southerland is on fire from deep and has range that makes him a hard cover for any defense, even Louisville. The Cardinals will probably be the favorite although the lines aren’t out yet, but even if they are ahead I think Syracuse has a great chance to win and getting the tie only makes they a stronger option. Confidence Meter: 5

Jan 19, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks guard Dominic Artis (1) shoots against the UCLA Bruins during the game at Pauley Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

11:05- Oregon Ducks: The Ducks look for their third Pac-12 title as they face the UCLA Bruins tonight in Vegas. While many streakers may go with UCLA since they’re in the top 25, there’s three reasons I like the Ducks in this one. First, Oregon beat UCLA in Pauley Pavilion by nine earlier this season so there won’t be any intimidation factor and they know they can beat the Bruins if they play their best game. The second reason is that UCLA will be without their second leading scorer Jordan Adams who broke his foot last night in their win over Arizona. Adams carried the Bruins in their comeback win yesterday but will now miss the rest of the season. Thirdly, while UCLA was playing a down-to-the-wire game against Arizona which they won on a last-second putback, Oregon cruised to a 19-point win over Utah which they led virtually the whole game. Oregon is at full strength, should be fresher, and won earlier this year making them my pick for Pac-12 Champions. Confidence Meter: 6

11:30- Johny Hendricks: Hendricks is a -140 favorite to beat Carlos Condit. Hendricks is the stronger of the two fighters, but Condit is a crafty defense specialist. I’d stay away if possible, but go with “Bigg Rigg” if I had to make a pick. Confidence Meter: 3

12:10- Georges St-Pierre wins by unanimous decision: I’m not a huge MMA follower, but I know GSP is heavily favored in this matchup. Research shows he’s won his last five fights by UD and six of his last seven. The odds I found had him as -500 to win and -200 to win by unanimous decision making this a pretty solid pick. Confidence Meter: 5

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Streak Scoreboard for March

Yesterday’s Record: 8-8

Total Record for the month: 110-88-1

Confident Picks (6+): 44-22 (4-2 yesterday)

Longest Personal Streak this month: W6

Current Personal Streak: W1 (Lousiville by double-digits)

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