March 8, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Brigham Young Cougars guard Tyler Haws (3) shoots the ball against the San Diego Toreros during the first half in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference tournament at Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Streak for the Cash, March 25 Picks and Anlaysis

In one of today’s Streak for the Cash picks, the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings meet again at the United Center. Find my pick for that matchup and many other free sports picks in this post. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

After a tumultuous first weekend, the NCAA Tournament catches its breath and teams travel to their new locations to get ready for their sweet 16 matchups later this week. In Streak for the Cash, there’s still plenty of options from the rest of the sports world, so there’s no need for your entry to rest the week off with them. There’s quite a variety on the board today with picks from the PGA Tour finishing their delayed event, the WTA Miami tournament, MLB Spring training wrapping up, and an International friendly soccer game in London. Tonight’s options include picks from the NBA, NHL, NIT, and NCAA Women’s Tournament  With all those options, it’s time to get  your streak going as we start the last week of the month. Here’s the picks I’m monitoring today:

3/25 Streak Picks

March 10, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Tiger Woods hits hit approach shot on the 18th hole in route to his victory at the WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

10:00- Tiger Woods wins by 2+ Strokes: Tiger starts this Monday finish with a birdie in his first two holes yesterday with a three-stroke lead over a group of four golfers including Keegan Bradley and his playing partner Ricke Fowler. It seems a foregone conclusion that Tiger will win and I think he’ll do it by two or more strokes. He has a remarkable track at Bay Hill and is looking to win his second consecutive start on the PGA Tour. It’s not a lock, but it’s a good way to get back in the green this morning. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

11:10- 7 Games or More: Garbine Muguruza faces off with Li Na for the second time in her career today in the fourth round of the WTA Miami tournament. Muguruza is a young Spaniard on the rise having won five matches before losing at Indian Wells to Angelique Kerber and rolling through her first three rounds in this event including a 6-2, 6-4 win over Caroline Wozniacki in her last match. The only time these two players have met was last year in Madrid on clay where Na won 6-2, 6-4. Muguruza is playing  better now that at any other point in her career and could be starting to emerge onto the scene. I think she’ll be able to get at least seven games in this one and it wouldn’t surprise me if she takes a set. Confidence Meter: 5

1:55- Par: Tiger has parred this hole only once this week with a pair of bogeys. He usually doesn’t finish events with bogey though and I think par is the most likely outcome. It’s just a one-hole pick though, so don’t put anything too long on it. Confidence Meter: 3

7:03- Robert Morris wins or Single Digit Loss: Robert Morris looks to continue their run in the NIT as they go on the road to take on the Providence Friars. The Friars are favored by nine and come in with a 12-4 record at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Colonials were able to knock off Kentucky last week in one of the more memorable NIT games in recent memory but will have to go on the road for this one where their record is just 10-6. They have been able to win their last three road games as part of their 10-2 run over their last 12. In their less spectacular first round game, Providence eliminated Charlotte in a nine-point win at home. I think Providence likely wins this, but I could see RMU pulling the upset and getting all the way to New York City on the emotional high of beating UK. Since them winning isn’t out of the question, I’ll gladly take the points and the Colonials as the NIT tries to crown its own Cinderella for at least another round. Confidence Meter: 6

Mar 22, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Washington Wizards power forward Trevor Booker (35) during the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

7:05- Washington Wizards: Don’t be crazy-confident in this game, but I think the Wizards have a shot at knocking off Memphis in this one even though less than 1% of streakers are picking them at this point. Memphis has lost their last three road games with losses at New Orleans, Utah, and Denver. The Grizz will also be without Marc Gasol and are only 2 1/2 point favorites in this one. Washington has some injury issues of their own with Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza’s availability still unknown. At home though, the Wizards have won five in a row and just split a 2-2 road trip on which they knocked off the Lakers. At the Verizon Center, the Wiz have been tough since John Wall returned and if Ariza and Beal play I could get my confidence meter up to five. Since they’re availability isn’t known I’ll go with just Confidence Meter: 3

7:35- Ottawa Senators: The Senators continue to overcome injury and hang in the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Tonight they’ll look for the fifth win in their last six tries as they host the Devils who just got Martin Brodeur back from injury but lost Ilya Kovalchuk for at least two weeks. The Sens are a solid 11-2-3 at home as they host New Jersey who is just 5-6-4 on the road. The Senators won the first game in the season series in a shootout and will look to beat Brodeur again as they take the ice tonight. Confidence Meter: 4

8:05- Chicago Blackhawks: The ‘Hawks have cooled since their hot start but are still 11-1-1 at home as they host the Kings tonight. Chicago may also be without Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp tonight as the pair deal with injuries. The rest of the team should be well-rested though since they haven’t played in four days while the Kings lost Thursday and Saturday at home while being shut out. LA has also struggled on the road losing their last three road games as they start a five-game trip today. At home, it’s hard to pick against Chicago especially with the Kings offense struggling to score. Confidence Meter: 7

8:35- Dallas Stars: The Stars host the Wild who have climbed the Western Conference standings as they’ve won five in a row and 12 of their last 16. Dallas is 16-0-0 the last 16 times these two teams have met in Dallas, but Minnesota did get a 1-0 victory the first time the teams met earlier this season. The Stars have been playing well too after winning three of their last four and this should be a close, hard-fought game. A shootout would definitely not be surprising, and the game could go either way. I’ll take Dallas though since they’ve dominated the series at home. Confidence Meter: 3

9:05- BYU Winning Margin: The Cougars host the Mercer Bears in Provo tonight as they look to continue their run in the NIT. At home, BYU is an impressive 15-3 with two of their three losses coming to tournament teams-Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s. The Cougars got past the Washington Huskies by 11 in their last game and now host Mercer who upset Tennessee to improve to 8-7 on the road. Mercer is out of the Atlantic Sun Conference where they won 11 of their last 13 conference games with their only losses coming to Florida Gulf Coast who has gone on to make quite a name for themselves in the tournament. The Bears make 6.7 three-pointers per game, but since the game is at BYU I think the Cougars will win by 10 or so to get the cover. Confidence Meter: 5

10:05- Louisiana Tech wins or Single Digit Loss: Louisiana Tech takes on Southern Miss in this NIT 2nd round matchup. Southern Miss is 12-1 at home on the season and come in as eight point favorites. These two teams actually met earlier this season and it was the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech that won by ten on their home floor. USM may be able to get their revenge, but I don’t see it coming by double digits. Both teams can pile up points, so it should be a fun one to watch and hopefully it comes down to the last few possessions making LA Tech the right pick in this prop. Confidence Meter: 6

10:05- Phoenix Coyotes: It is sounds weird that home ice is worth so much in the desert, but Phoenix is a solid 10-6-1 at home while struggling to a 3-8-3 record away from Jobing.com Arena. Detroit has similar (although less drastic) splits as they come off a huge pair of wins over Anaheim on Friday and Sunday. Anaheim had been exceptional at home, but the Wings took two games in a row from them at the Pond 5-1 on Friday and 2-1 last night. I think they’re in for a letdown game though as they play on back-to-back nights and will probably play their backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson who has lost his last two starts. Phoenix hasn’t played since Thursday when they lost at home to Vancouver. Since they’re more rested and at home, I think they’re the pick although Detroit’s good form gives me pause. Confidence Meter: 3

Streak Scoreboard-March

Picks from yesterday: 8-8-1

Total Record for the month: 181-144-3

Confident Picks (6+): 64-34

Longest Personal Streak this month: W6 twice

Current Personal Streak: L2 (Bucks and Blues)

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