Apr 20, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) hits a game tying three point shot with 14.5 seconds left as Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) defends during the second half of game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won97-95. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash Picks, April 23 Previews and Analysis


In one of tonight’s streak for the cash picks, LeBron James and the Miami Heat give 14.5 to the  Milwaukee Bucks and guard Monta Ellis (11). I still think they’ll cover and win big once again at AmericanAirlines Arena. Find the rest of my free daily sports picks here. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday’s Streak for the Cash, there’s a chance to pick some big-time games from around the world. After an appetizer from the Czech league, things get started with the first lef of what should be a great Champions Legue Semifinal as Barcelona travels to Munich to take on Bayern. Along with soccer, is some afternoon baseball as part of the jam-packed 17 game schedule in the MLB. The NHL is in full swing too with 10 games many of which have playoff implications. On top of all that, there’s three NBA playoff games! With all that sports goodness, there’s plenty of options for building your streak especially for the middle of the week. Here’s the picks I’ll be watching:

4/23 Streak Picks

11:00- Jihlava win or Draw: Jihlava goes on the road to take on Banik Ostrava in Czech Liga play. Ostrava is just 5-7-11 and have lost four in a row and are just 1-3-4 in their last eight. Meanwhile, Jihlava is 6-11-6 getting at least a draw in their last four  and are 2-6-1 in their last nine. Jihlava is used to earning draws so getting one in this matchup makes them a solid pick. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

2:45- Bayern Munich win: Two European football giants meet in Munich as Barcelona visits Allianz Arena. In all competitions, Munich has won nine of their last ten home games with their one defeat coming in the second leg against Arsenal where they still managed to move on. They have been destroying their competition lately scoring 30 goal sin their last seven matches while allowing only four. Obviously, Barcelona provides a stiffer test than those teams as they travel cross-continent. Barca has proven vulnerable on the road, playing to a draw with Paris Saint-Germain and losing to AC Milan 2-0 in their first two UEFA Champions League knockout rounds. Bayern should be able to get the win at home in a glorious game to watch, but a difficult game to pick. Confidence Meter: 3

April 17, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (36) pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

3:10- Atlanta Braves: The Braves and Rockies will try to play two today after last night’s game had to be postponed. Atlanta has dropped their last three in a row as they turn to Mike Minor to be the stopper. Minor would appear to be up to the task coming in with a 2-1 record and an impressive 0.95 ERA. Minor has walked just one batter while striking out 16. On the other end of the starting pitching spectrum is Rockies starter Jeff Francis who has allowed 15 runs (10 earned) in his last two starts. The Braves bats will try to heat up in chilly Denver, and I think they’ll get back on the winning track behind a big outing from Minor. Confidence Meter: 6

7:05- Toronto Blue Jays: R.A. Dickey takes the mound in Baltimore and has been back to form his last two starts with a 0.73 ERA. the O’s counter with Miguel Gonzalez who gave up four runs in 5 2/3 his last time out. Dickey has dominated Baltimore in the past, and the Jays need the win after losing yesterday and falling to the bottom of the AL East. Dickey will act as their stopper tonight as they look to get back in the win column. Confidence Meter: 4

7:05- Montreal Canadiens: The Habs head to Newark to take on the New Jersey Devils. Both teams have been struggling lately with Montreal losing four of five since clinching a playoff berth and the Devils have lost 11 of 13 falling out of the playoffs. New Jersey did win its last home game but that was against the lowly Panthers, so I think Montreal gets back on track with a win tonight. Confidence Meter: 5

Apr 20, 2013; Winnipeg, Manitoba, New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) during pre game warm up prior to the game against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Center. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

7:05- New  York Islanders: The Carolina Hurricanes host the Isles looking to complete the sweep of the season series, but the teams are headed in opposite directions right now. New York has gone 11-1-2 in their last 14 games and won three in a row while battling into a playoff spot.  The Hurricanes, on the other hand,  had been in free-fall losing 17 of 19 before getting a win on Sunday. The Isles are on fire and need this game, so I think they’ll get it especially when you consider their 14-5-2 road record as well. Confidence Meter: 7

7:10- Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers offense may have broken out on Sunday as they beat the Orioles to snap their losing streak, but the reason I’m taking LA here is their starting pitcher. Clayton Kershaw started out the year great but struggled his last time out. He usually doesn’t have issues against the Mets-he’s won his last five starts against them-or have back to back bad starts. Kershaw should bounce back and I think he’ll out-duel Jon Niese as the Dodgers get the green. Confidence Meter: 6 

7:35- Miami wins by 15+: Miami won the first game of this series by 23 and are favored by 14 1/2 in this one. The Bucks actually played about as well as they possibly could in game one and still got crushed. I think Miami cruises to another big win at home although the Bucks will play them closer when the series shifts to Milwaukee. Confidence Meter: 5

8:10- Miami Marlins: The Marlins are just 2-8 on the road but I think they’ll take game 2 of their double-header behind rookie sensation Jose Fernandez. Fernandez had been excellent before tripping up in his last start, and he’ll face off with Mike Pelfrey who has an ERA over seven. I won’t take the Marlins in hardly any matchups especially on the road, but I think they steal this one. Confidence Meter: 4

Apr 20, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer (3) is congratulated for his home run during the sixth inning of the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

8:40- Colorado Rockies: In game two of the Braves-Rockies double header the Braves send out their one struggling starter, Julio Teheran, against the Rockies surprise success, Jon Garland. Garland is 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA while Teheran comes in with no record but a 7.31 ERA. The Rockies are 8-1 at Coors Field, so I don’t see them losing both halves of this day-night twin bill. Confidence Meter: 5

10:05- Texas Rangers:  Last night’s game was a wild one, but the Rangers came out on top ending the Angels three-game winning streak. Tonight they send Alexi Ogando to the hill against Jason Vargas who has yet to excel for his new team Vargas took the loss in his last start against Minnesota dropping him to 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA. Ogando also lost his last time out but is still 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA so far this season. I think Ogando bounces back and the Rangers bounce the Angels for the fifth time in a row in Anaheim. Confidence Meter: 4 1/2

10:10- Milwaukee Brewers: The Brewers have won eight in a row after crushing the Padres at Petco last night 7-1. Ryan Braun has been mashing the ball and their injury-depleted lineup has looked very solid during their successful run. Tonight they’ll look to make it nine behind Yovani Gallardo who has off to a rough start before a solid last start against the Giants. The same could be said of Clayton Richard who got knocked around early in the year before throwing six shutout innings against the Rockies in his last start. Gallardo has been solid against the Padres while Richard is usually decent at home. I think it’ll be a well-pitched game, but that the Brewers bats are to hot right now to pick against. Confidence Meter: 6

10:45- Warriors win or single-digits loss: Denver are eight-point favorites as they host Golden State in game two of their first round series. It took a last-second lay-up for the Nuggets to get game one, but the Warriors paid dearly for keeping it that close as they lost David Lee for the rest of the playoffs. Lee was a huge part of Golden State’s success and it will make it hard for them to win the series; however, I do think they keep it close behind another massive effort from Steph Curry. Curry has emerged as a true star and will be even more the focal point of the Warriors offense now. They should be able to stay within 10 once again tonight. Confidence Meter: 5

Streak Scoreboard

Yesterday’s Results: 9-4

Overall Record for the month: 168-126

Record in confident picks (confidence over 5): 46-32 (2-1 yesterday)

Current Streak: W8 (Rangers eked out my eighth win in the ninth last night)

Longest Streak of the Month: W8 (Current)

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