March 14, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) dribbles the ball on New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton (2) during the fourth quarter of the game at the Rose Garden. The Blazers won the game 105-90. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Streak for the Cash, March 27 Picks and Analysis

In tonight’s Streak for the Cash picks, I like both the Atlanta Hawks and guard Jeff Teague and the Milwaukee Bucks led by guard Brandon Jennings to get wins against non-playoff bound opponents. Find all my free sports picks for the day right here. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash continues to roll through the closing week of its March Madness with plenty of options for you to continue to build your streak through the end of the month. Today’s board includes some early action from the KHL Playoffs followed by some more Spring Training (STAY AWAY) and a pair of WTA Miami tennis props. Tonight there’s plenty of picks from both college and pro basketball as the NIT and the race for the playoffs continue. There’s a couple late NHL options as well as hockey takes a big of a break with just four games on the schedule tonight. Here’s the picks I’ll be watching:

Streak Picks for 3/27

9:00- AK Bars Kazan: AK Bars Kazan won the first two tames in this series, but now have to go on the road to face Traktor Chelyabinsk. Traktor are -133 to win and were 2-2 against AK Bars during the regular season. Traktor eliminated Bars last year, and they should get the win in this one at home. Confidence Meter: 2 1/2 (out of 10)

Mar 25, 2013; Key Biscayne, FL, USA; Maria Sharapova (RUS) reacts after defeating Klara Zakopalova (CZE) (not pictured) during their match at the Sony Open. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

1:15- 18 Games or Fewer: This prop is for the Maria Sharapova vs Sara Errani. Errani has lost all three matches to Sharapova in 17, 17, and 21 games. The only time she’s forced more than 19 games was their most recent matchup in the quarterfinals at the BNP Paribas Tennis Open less than two weeks ago. Sharapova just has been playing lights out again in this tournament willing 6-2, 6-2 in the last round while Errani needed three sets to beat Ana Ivanovic. Sharapova should dominate and get the win fairly quickly.  Confidence Meter: 5

3:10- 9 or 10 Games: In the second tennis prop of the day, the question is how many games in the first set between David Ferrer and Jurgen Melzer. Ferrer and Melzer have played eight times in the past with Ferrer winning six of the eight matches. What’s important to note though is the number of games in the first set. Five of the eight matches have been nine or 10 and five of the last six sets the two have played were nine games. Anything could happen, but chances are good that it’s nine or 10. Confidence Meter: 4

7:03- Virginia Winning Margin: The Cavs are just four point favorites as they host Iowa in the first of three quarterfinals of the NIT tonight. The Hawkeyes were just 2-8 on the road this season and average 5.3 three-pointers made per game. Virginia  has looked strong so far in the NIT dispatching Norfolk State and St. John’s with relative ease. They’ve won 18 in a row at John Paul Jones Arena, and should be able to dispatch the Hawkeyes tonight on their way to New York for the final four of the NIT. Confidence Meter: 7

7:05- Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavs and Celtics rosters are both severely depleted as Boston travels to Cleveland on the second half of a back-to-back. Both teams have lost five in a row and among the players the two will be missing tonight are Rajon Rondo, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Garnett, Dion Waiters, Anderson Verajao, and possibly Courtney Lee as well. Not surprisingly, both teams have struggled lately but with Boston playing on back-to-back nights on the road where they’re just 12-23 anyway, I think Cleveland can steal the win like they almost did in their last home game against the Miami Heat. Confidence Meter: 3

7:05- Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks head to Philadelphia to try and stop their recent struggles. They’ve lost four in a row and six of eight but still hold a firm grasp on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia has lost three of their last four but did get a win in each of their last two home games. Milwaukee has won all three of the head-to-head matchups this season and showed signs of being ready to break out of their shooting slump in their last game against Atlanta. Confidence Meter: 4

7:05- Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks are just a win shy of clinching the playoffs as they take on the Raptors tonight in Toronto. The Raps are banged up with Rudy Gay and Kyle Lowry both day-to-day coming into tonight’s matchup. Toronto has lost each of their last four games and 11 of their last 14. Atlanta won by a point when the teams met earlier this season in Atlanta and should be able to get the win tonight to clinch their playoff trip. Confidence Meter: (if Gay and Lowry play) (if Gay and/or Lowry are sidelined)

7:05- Charlotte Bobcats: The Bobcats and Magic meet in Charlotte tonight both coming to the end of largely disappointing season. Of the two teams, Charlotte has been playing better lately with two wins in their last four while Orlando has dropped seven in a row. Earlier this season, the Bobcats won a pair of games in Orlando after dropping the season series opener at home before that. Both these two teams were crushed by Miami their last time out, but at least the Bobcats are at home and relatively healthy while the Magic are missing Arron Affalo, Glen Davis, Nikola Vucevic, Al Harrington, and Andrew Nicholson. It won’t be a pretty game to watch, but Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, and Byron Mullens should be able to power Charlotte to a win at home. Confidence Meter: 6

7:35- New York Knicks: After winning last night in Boston, New York returns to Madison Square Garden to host the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis has lost their last four on the road including losses at New Orleans and Washington in their last two games away from home. The Knicks should come out firing as usual and be able to overcome Memphis despite the probable absence of Tyson Chandler especially with the Grizz missing their own big man Marc Gasol. Confidence Meter: 5

Mar 13, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Providence Friars guard Bryce Cotton (11) dunks over Cincinnati Bearcats guard JaQuon Parker (44) during the first half of a Big East tournament game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

9:05- Providence wins or loses by single digits: In the last NIT quarterfinal Baylor hosts Providence. The Bears and Friars both finished 9-9 in conference play but have looked solid in their NIT matchups. Baylor crushed Long Beach State in their opener and beat Arizona State by three in the last round. They’ve won three in a row at home when you include their 81-58 regular season rout of then-#4 Kansas.  As good as Baylor has been at home (12-5) Providence is just 4-7 on the road. However, only three of those losses were by double digits-at Syracuse, Marquette, and Lousiville all of whom are still alive in the NCAA Tournament and are  very good at home. Providence are nine-point underdogs, but I think they could win the game if Bryce Cotton goes off, and should be able to keep up with Baylor and cover since the Bears defense has been inconsistent and Providence has several solid offensive weapons. Confidence Meter: 5


10:05- San Jose Sharks: The Anaheim Ducks have were rolling along going 9-0-3 before the Red Wings came to Anaheim and beat them in back-to-back games. The Sharks were next up for the Ducks and San Jose extended Anaheim’s losing streak to three on Monday. Now the series shifts to San Jose at the HP Pavilion for the final meeting of the regular season. The Sharks have a great home record at 8-1-4 while the Ducks are 2-0-3 in their last five on the road. San Jose appears to be a good position to take this game and go on a run to secure a playoff spot as they open a five-game home stand. They just won 5-3 in Anaheim and beat the Ducks early in the season at home, so I think they can get the win once again. Confidence Meter: 4

10:40- Portland Trail Blazers: The Blazers return to the Rose Garden to host the Nets tonight after going 2-3 on their road trip and needing a boost to get back into the race for the final playoff spot. They have a tough schedule coming up starting with Brooklyn tonight, but they’re 22-11 at home. Joe Johnson’s status is unclear for Brooklyn who has won three of their first four on their current road trip and seven of their last 10 overall. Portland has won their last four home games against New Jersey though, and coming home I think the Blazers get the win. Confidence Meter: 3

Streak Scoreboard-March

Picks from yesterday: 3-7

Total Record for the month: 191-156-3

Confident Picks (6+): 67-38

Longest Personal Streak this month: W6 twice

Current Personal Streak: L1 (Mexico)

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