Apr 5, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) shoots during practice before the semifinals of the Final Four of the 2013 NCAA basketball tournament at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Streak For The Cash Picks, April 6 Picks And Analysis

There’s plenty of options on today’s Streak for the Cash board. One of the best are the Chicago Blackhawks and center Jonathan Toews as they take on the Nashville Predators. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

After a long road, we’ve made it to the Final Four. While everyone will be focused on the games in Atlanta tonight, they aren’t the only games on the schedule today and Streak for the Cash has plenty for us to watch for some pre-game action leading up to the big games tonight. There’s soccer picks today from the MLS, Dutch Eredivisie, and the EPL. Joining the soccer picks are choices from the WTA, PGA Tour, MLB, NHL, and the NBA.

After a hot start yesterday, I cooled off and finished just above .500 for the day. Hopefully, today we can find the greens more consistently  with these picks:

4/6 Streak Picks

7:45- Reading win or Draw: Reading gets the draw at home as they host Southampton. Southampton is only 2-5-8 on the road and Reading is 4-6-5 at home. Getting the draw makes Reading a pretty solid pick despite the fact that they’re at the bottom of the table. Southampton is coming off a pair of nice wins over Liverpool and Chelsea, but both those were home games. they haven’t gotten an outright win on the road since January 12 against Aston Villa. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

Jul 01, 2011; Newtown Square, PA, USA; Billy Horschel tees off on the eighth hole during the second round of the AT

12:20- 69 or Lower: Horschel is playing extremely well as he chases his first PGA Tour win and has shot back-to-back 68’s to open a two-shot lead. Last week three of his four rounds were under 70 at Redstone in the Shell Houston Open. He’s playing extremely well, and I think he can be under this number again. Confidence Meter: 3 1/2

1:10- Washington Nationals: The Nats took a beating as they lost their first game of the season last night going down 15-0 to the Reds. They’ll look to Ross Detwiler to be the stopper as he makes his first start of the year. In four starts against Cincinnati he has a 3.13 ERA although he’s 0-3 in those games. He’ll be opposed by Reds pitcher Mike Leake who struggled during Spring Training and struggled against the Nats last season going 0-1 with a ERA over 10 in his two early-season starts against Washington. The Nats bats will bounce back and they should be able to get the win this afternoon. Confidence Meter: 4

1:10- Seattle Mariners: The Mariners took game one from the White Sox and should feel good in game two with Felix Hernandez on the mount after his dominant performance on Opening Day. The Mariners new-look lineup got him a pair of runs in that win and have looked solid overall as Seattle has started the year 3-2. Tonight they’ll face Dylan Axelrod for the first time as he gets the call with John Danks on the mend after shoulder surgery. I’m high on the Mariners this year and think they made some solid moves this offseason. I think they get the win here, but Hernandez has struggled at U.S. Cellular Field though in the past, so don’t go all in on this pick. Confidence Meter: 6

3:05- Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks seem to be coasting to the tape in the NHL season having gone 3-3-1 over their last seven games. They’ll start a home-and-home this afternoon against the Predators in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena where they won 3-0 earlier this season. Chicago took both earlier meetings in this season series. The Predators have had their own recent struggles going just 1-2-2 over their last five after falling the Columbus 3-1 on Thursday. The Preds traded away one of their leading scorers, Martin Erat, at the trade deadline. Preds goalie Pekka Rinne has struggled recently against the Blackhawks and I think Chicago can get the road win in this one. Confidence Meter: 6

3:10- Jankovic wins 2-0: This is a prop for Jelena Jankovic to beat Stefanie Voegele in straight sets. This is their first competitive match, so there’s no past history to go on. Voegele is coming off the biggest win in her career after beating Caroline Wozniacki in the last round. Jankovic won 6-2, 6-1 and is in great form coming into this one, so I think she’ll get the straight set win. Confidence Meter: 4

4:05- Texas Rangers: After taking game one yesterday from their division rivals, the Texas Rangers turn the ball back to their Opening Day starter Matt Harrison hoping to get him his first win of the season. Harrison got knocked around a bit on opening day giving up five runs to the Astros and taking the loss. He’ll face new Angels starter Tommy Hanson who faded toward the end of last season with Atlanta and now moves to the AL where he’ll face more well-stocked lineups like the Rangers. The Angels lineup has been lacking in punch as newly-acquired former-Ranger Josh Hamilton has gotten off to a slow start and Albert Pujols has been scuffling at the plate as well. Confidence Meter: 3 1/2

Mar 20, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (32) pitches during the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

4:05- San Francisco Giants: The Giants have picked up where they left off last year going 3-1 to start the season against the Dodgers and Cardinals. They won their home opener yesterday behind a stellar outing from Barry Zito and today will hand the ball to Ryan Vogelsong. Vogelsong is typically a solid option when he’s starting at home, and with the Cardinals offense struggling, the Giants are a good pick as long as their offense shows up. San Francisco’s offense will be their question mark this year, but I think they’ll be able to score off Cardinals starter Shelby Miller today to get the win. Confidence Meter: 6

6:10- Louisville wins by Double Digits: Click here for the full preview. Confidence Meter: 7

7:05- Indiana Pacers: The Pacers are 3 1/2 point favorites as they take on the Wiz in Washington. They’ve beaten Washington nine times in a row, but John Wall has the Wizards playing much better as of late. Washington has won eight in a row at home, but the Pacers will be out to clinch the Central Division title. They should be motivated to showcase their shutdown defense and get back on track after losing to the Thunder last night. Confidence Meter: 4

7:05- Boston Bruins: The Bruins head to Montreal for their final regular season matchup with their hated rivals the Canadiens. Montreal has the 2-1 lead in the season series with all three games decidec by one goal. Both teams are playing well and it should be a great game between two teams that don’t like each other. This is a playoff preview, in my opinion, and it seems to me that the regular season series is likely to finish tied at two. I see Boston’s Jaromir Jagr and Tuukka Rask making the difference again and the B’s getting the road win. Confidence Meter: 1 1/2

Apr. 3, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman John Moore (17) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Rangers won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

7:05- New York Rangers: New York took the Penguins to a shootout before losing last night and now travels to Raleigh to take on Carolina. They’re in good form having won two of three but could be fatigued after last night’s long game. I sthill think they’re the pick though since Carolina has gone just 1-9-1 over their last 11 while getting crushed in many of those games. It’s no lock, but the Rangers are a solid pick even on the second half of a back-to-back. Confidence Meter: 6

7:05- Toronto Maple Leafs: The Leafs head to New Jersey to take on the Devils. New Jersey has lost their last five and are are just 2-4-4 in their last 10. The Leafs took the first matchup 4-2 in Toronto and come to the Prudential Center with a 10-6-2 record on the road. Overall, Toronto is in better form going 5-1-2 in their last seven. Confidence Meter: 5

7:10- Milwaukee Brewers: The Brewers turn to Mike Fiers as they look to level their series with the visiting Diamondbacks. Milwaukee may be without Ryan Braun and/or Aramis Ramirez, but Fiers dominated early last year before fading and I think he’ll be solid again to start this season. The Brewers bullpen and lineup (sans sluggers) isn’t very confidence-inspiring, but with Fiers and at home I think they’ll get the win. Confidence Meter: 3

7:10- Oakland Athletics: Bartolo Colon will take the mound after finishing his suspension as the A’s face off against the Astros once again. Houston’s lineup has looked inept lately while the A’s have bounced back after losing their first two games to the Mariners. They took game one of the series 8-3 and should be able to get another road win tonight. Confidence Meter: 4

7:35- Washington Capitals: Washington takes on the Panthers as they continue their playoff push. The Caps have routed Florida twice this year (5-0, 7-1) but did need overtime to beat them 6-5 in Sunrise where they’ll face them tonight. Washington has won four in a row and are 6-1-1 in their last eight. The Panthers aren’t headed for the playoffs but they have won their last three over Buffalo, New Jersey, and Tampa Bay. All those games required extra time to decide, but I don’t think they’ll be able to force that from Washington tonight. The game is huge for Washington as they try to recover after their dismal start to the season. Confidence Meter: 6

8:49- Syracuse Orange:  Click here for full rundown. Confidence Meter: 5

Streak Scoreboard-April

Yesterday’s Picks: 8-6

Picks Overall this month: 51-28

Confident Picks (over 5): 10-9

Personal Streak: L1 (White Sox lost my sreak last night)

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