Apr 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee (33) delivers to the plate during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash Picks, April 20 Previews and Analysis

In one of the best Streak for the Cash picks today, the Brooklyn Nets and point guard Deron Williams will try to defend their homecourt advantage as they face the Chicago Bulls and shooting guard Kirk Hinrich. Find my free picks for that game and many others right here. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday’s Streak for the Cash boards is packed with options from around the world of sports. EPL action gets things going this morning before everyone turns their attention to Boston for a pair of emotional games. There’s other options from the NHL and MLB too throughout the rest of the day with some PGA Tour action and NBA Playoffs props and picks to give things a really nice amount of variety. Here’s the picks I like and a quick reason why:

4/20 Streak Picks

10:00- Arsenal: Fulham gets the draw as they open the day hosting Arsenal, but they’ve been struggling so I’ll take the gunners even on the road. Arsenal is clinging the the very important #4 spot in the table and have gone 4-1-0 in their last five including a pair of road wins. Fulham has gone 0-1-2 in their last three EPL games and lost at home to Chelsea two days ago 3-0. Fulham hasn’t inspired any confidnece while Arsenal is playing well so I think they’ll get this road win. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

1:05- Baltimore Orioles: The Dodgers have lost four in a row as they travel to Baltimore. After a rainout canceled last night’s game, the two teams will play a pair today. This first game should be a solid pitching performance as Jason Hammel looks to build on his strong start in New York as he faces highly-touted rooki Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu has pitched well in his last three starts lasting at least 6 innings and giving up one, two, and three earned runs. Ryu will face a solid Orioles lineup who typically hit well at home, and I think the home team gets this first game. Confidence Meter: 3 1/2

June 28, 2012; Bethesda, MD, USA; Charley Hoffman tees off the 7th hole during the first round of the AT

1:30- Charley Hoffman or Tie: Hoffman is paired with Kevin Streelman in this 18-hole matchup. Both are tied for the lead after two rounds at -6. Streelman shot a 66-70 which has been exactly matched by Hoffman. In my opinion, there’s not a lot of separation between these two, so I’ll take the tie and go with the California-native Streelman. Confidence Meter: 4 1/2

3:00- New York Islanders: The Islanders appear to be on their way to their first playoffs since 2007 as they head to Winnipeg to continue their season-ending road trip. The Islanders are 7-0-2 in their last nine and 10-1-2 in their last 13. The Jets have been playing well too having won their last five in a row. It should be a quality hockey game, but New York’sseason of road success (13-5-2) makes it possible for me to trust them to get this win north of the border. Confidence Meter: 5

3:00- Celtics 3-Pointers made or tie: The Knicks are favored by seven in this opening game of the NBA Playoffs. Boston will be a tough matchup for them in the first round. The Celtics played the Knicks four times this regular season, all since January 7. Boston won that first matchup and lost two weeks later by only three. In two late-season matchups the Knicks cruised by a healthy margin. The Celtics will give the Knicks a tough sereis with Kevin Garnett back from his injury and their extensive playoff experience. It wouldn’t shock me if the C’s rally together for the city of Boston and steal this game, but either way I do think it’ll be a close enough game that the Celtics 3PM will cover. Confidence Meter: 4

3:05- Detroit Tigers: The Tigers got trounced last night in game one of their set with the Angels. LA is starting to play better at home having won their last three in Anaheim. However, today they’ll turn to Garrett Richards who will be making just his second start of the season and gave up four runs in 6 1/3 his last time out to the light-hitting Astros. The Tigers turn to Rick Porcello who hasn’t started in 10 days but did have a successful relief appearance since then. I think he’ll be solid while Richards doesn’t inspire any confidence. Confidence Meter: 4

5:35- Warriors win or single-digit loss: The Nuggets are eight-point favorites as they host Golden State in their game one late this afternoon in Denver. The Nuggets finished the season 38-3 at the Pepsi Center and beat Golden State by 11 in both of their meetings there. Golden state force overtime and lose by 6 at home and beat Denver their other meeting 106-105. Those games were earlier in the season though and the Warriors improved down teh stretch. I think Steph Curry and his three-point barrage will keep his team in this one in a frenetic, high-flying series. Confidence Meter: 3

Apr 18, 2013; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Ottawa Senators left wing Milan Michalek (9) with a shot on goal against Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) in the third period at Scotiabank Place. The Senators defeated the Capitals 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

7:00- Washington Capitals: The Caps head to Montreal where they won 3-2 11 days ago. The Canadiens have seemed to lose their edge since clinching a playoff berth while Washington has won eight in a row before losing to Ottawa in their last game. I think they’ll bounce back on the road and knock off the Habs and goaltender Carey Price who the Caps have beaten seven of the last eight times they’ve faced him in Montreal. Confidence Meter: 6

7:00- Philadelphia Flyers: Both the Flyers and their opponents in this one, the Carolina Hurricanes, have been eliminated from the playoffs. The ‘Canes have dropped 16 of their last 18. Even though the Flyers lost Thursday to New Jersey, they’ve has won 11 of their last 13 in Raleigh and owns a 19-2-2 record in their last 23 against Carolina. They won both matchups earlier this season 5-3 and 4-3 in overtime.  Confidence Meter: 5

7:05- Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies and Cardinals have split their first two games in this four-game set. Philadelphia broke out offensively last night scoring eight in their seven-inning, rain-shortened win over St. Louis. Tonight the’ll turn to Cliff Lee to keep their momentum going and Lee has been up to the challenge so far this season. He got a no-decision his last time out thanks to some poor bullpen work behind him. St. Louis’ bullpen has also been an issue, but Lance Lynn has managed to go 2-0 despite a 5.40 ERA since he’s gotten plenty of run support. The Phillies got to him in his only career start at Citizens Bank Park and they’ll look to get a win for Lee today. Confidence Meter: 7

7:10- Oakland Athletics: The A’s and Rays face off as Jarrod Parker looks to regroup after getting hammered in his last two starts. He’s lasted just 3 1/3 in each outing and comes in with an ERA over 10. He’ll be opposed by Jeremy Hellickson who is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA and last pitched on Patriots Day in Boston where he received a no-decision. The A’s had been playing well on the road before losing last night, and I think they’ll bounce back and get this one as Parker does much better than his last time out. Confidence Meter: 4

8:00- Brooklyn Nets: The Nets finished four games ahead of the Bulls to get homecourt in this 4v5 matchup. Chicago one three of the four meetings this year, but the Nets are favored by 4 1/2 in win this one. Joakim Noah may not be able to play due to injury and the Nets are playing very well winning six of their last seven. This will be playoff basketball in Brooklyn which will only raise the intensity level for the hometown Nets. Confidence Meter: 6

9:25- No neither team scores 25+ in 3Q: These teams both average under 100 and allow under 100. The Bulls especially are known for their defense, so I think this goes under although gameflow in the first half could change my opinion. Check on twitter for updates if the pick changes. Confidence Meter: 3

Apr 17, 2013; Harrison, NJ, USA; Sporting KC midfielder Oriol Rosell (20) heads the ball in front of New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill (17) during the second half of a match at Red Bull Arena. Sporting KC won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

10:45- Sporting KC Win or Draw: Sporting KC visit the Home Debot Center in LA. KC is 4-2-1 this season and atop the MLS table in the Eaastern Conference. The Galaxy haven’t started quite as well and are 2-2-1 so far this season but obviously have more games in hand. LA has lost their last three games overall dropping their match in Dallas and a pair in the CONCACAF Champions League. Getting the draw, Sporing KC makes a lot of sense even though LA is historically strong at home. Confidence Meter: 6

Streak Scoreboard

Yesterday’s Results: 6-3 to Tigers

Overall Record for the month: 142-112

Record in confident picks (confidence over 5): 40-28 (2-1 yesterday)


Current Streak: W3 (Rockies)

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