Streak for the Cash Picks and Analysis, April 3

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Apr 2, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrates during a time out the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. New York won 102-90. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The first two days of the month have been plenty of fun already, but things don’t slow down at all with plenty of major sports action on the Streak for the Cash board today. There’s options today from the three big sports going on right now-NHL, NBA, and MLB, but there’s some more “minority” options too with soccer picks from the Czech Cup, Italian Serie A, CONCACAF Champions League, and the UEFA Champions League.

There’s plenty of picks to fill up your Wednesday, and these are the one’s I’ll be watching:

4/3 Streak for the Cash Picks

10:30- Jablonec win or draw: Any time a home team is getting a draw in a game where I know neither team, they’re my first-reaction pick. As I researched this on though, it’s especially the case in this prop since Jablonec is as high as -255 to get at least a draw as they have in nine of their 11 home matches this season. This is the Czech Cup, and I’m not a Czech soccer expert, but they seem to be a solid pick based on all the factors I normally check. Confidence Meter: 4

12:30- 2 Goals or Fewer: This is pretty much a coin-flip prop on total goals as Inter Milan travels to Sampdoria.The last meeting between these two was over (3-2) but the five before that were all under. I think this is under, but stay away if you have much of a streak. Confidence Meter: 3

March 3, 2013; Peoria, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (44) throws against the San Diego Padres in the first inning during a spring training game at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

2:10- Chicago White Sox: Chicago takes on the Royals in their second game of the season. Chicago won 1-0 on opening day behind a great outing from Chris Sale. Today they’ll send Jake Peavy to the mound against another newly-acquired Royal starter-Ervin Santana. Peavy was 11-12 last year but had a good ERA, while Ervin Santana struggled in his last season with the Angels going 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA. Santana wasn’t that much better this spring, and since the game is in Chicago I think the White Sox are a fairly solid pick. Confidence Meter: 6

2:40- Any Other Result: Real Madrid takes on Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. Madrid gives 2 1/2 goals in this prop, which seems way to high against a team that’s obviously done well to get to this point. They just played at ManU and only lost by one, so I think they’ll at least keept his within three. Confidence Meter: 5

2:46- Malaga win or draw: Another home team getting a draw, Malaga welcomes Borussia Dormund in their quarterfinal. Malaga has gone 5-4-1 in Champions League this season overall and is an impressive 4-1-0 at home. Dortmund has gone 5-3-0 but only 1-3-0 on the road. Dortmund has been playing to a draw regularly on the road while Malaga has been excellent at home. I think they’ll get at least a draw and a 1-0 or 2-1 win wouldn’t surprise me at all. Confidence Meter: 4

4:10- Detroit Tigers: The Tigers have won 16 of their last 20 at Target Field where they take on the Twins today. They took the first game of this series on Opening Day behind Justin Verlander and follow him today with Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez will take on Kevin Correia who will be making his Twins debut. Sanchez had a rough spring, so don’t go all-in on this one, but I do think Detroit’s the pick. Confidence Meter: 5

April 1, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) hits a double against the Chicago Cubs during the sixth inning at PNC Park. The Chicago Cubs won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

7:05- Pittsburgh Pirates: The Pirates send mid-season acquisition Wandy Rodriguez to the hill looking to even their opening series with the Cubs after losing on Opening Day. Rodriguez went 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA against Chicago last season and is coming off a big Spring where he helped the Dominican Republic win the WBC. He’ll be opposed tonight by Edwin Jackson who joined the Cubs this offseason after pitching last year for Washington. Jackson also is coming off a nice spring and has good numbers against the Pirates. It should be a low-scoring game if both starters are on their game and a quicker game as long as it avoids extra innings. I think at home the Pirates get the win setting up a rubber-game in tomorrow afternoon’s series finale. Confidence Meter: 4

7:05- New York Knicks: The Knicks knocked off Miami last night behind a huge night from Carmelo Anthony. Tonight they’re in action again as they travel to Atlanta to take on the Hawks. The Hawks are actually 3 1/2 point favorites at home, but The Knicks have won nine in a row and are back to their hot-shooting ways from the beginning of the season. One thing that’s changed for New York since then is their inside presence thanks to the addition of Kenyon Martin. The Hawks have won their last two but over only lowly Cleveland and Orlando. The Knicks are hot enough to take on the road as the underdog as Mie Woodson returns to Atlanta.  Confidence Meter: 5

7:07- New York Yankees: As a Red Sox fan, it hurts to say this is the right pick and there’s no way I’m taking it. However, here’s the ugly (for Boston) facts: Buchholz has a 7.19 ERA against New York and got clubbed last year going 0-2 with a 15.26 ERA. On the other side, Hiroi Kuroda dominated Boston going 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA in three starts at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are depleted, and the Red Sox are a whole new team from last year chemistry-wise, but I still think the smart pick in this one is New York. I really hope I’m wrong… Confidence Meter: 3

7:10- LA Angels: Tonight’s interleague matchup between Los Angeles and Cincinnati features a pitchers matchup of Mat Latos of the Reads versus CJ Wilson of the Angels. The two teams battled all the way to the 13th inning in game one of the series, but ultimately the Angels got the boost they needed from Chris Iannetta who drove in all three of their runs. Tonight the job of shutting down the stacked Angels lineup falls on Latos. In his first season win Cincinnati, Latos was excellent overall but characteristically got off to a slow start in April. In his career Latos is 2-8 with a 5.73 ERA in April. Wilson had a rough spring, but should be able to bounce back. Don’t expect a pitchers’ duel in this one, but in a high-scoring game I’ll take the team with the bigger bats which in this case is LA. Confidence Meter: 3

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