Apr 26, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after the Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets 110-108 in game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Streak For The Cash Picks, April 28 Previews And Analysis

In one of today’s Streak for the Cash picks, the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan (21) look to advance to the second round of the NBA Playoffs as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers and Pau Gasol (16) tonight at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday gives us another solid board full of picks on ESPN Streak for the Cash. As of this morning, there are four soccer games, a PGA Tour prop, 13 MLB picks, and seven options from the NBA Playoff games. Here’s the picks I’m looking at today:

Streak Picks for 8/28

10:00- Swansea City win, draw, or lose by 1: The Swans head to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea who is rolling in EPL play as the season winds down. Chelsea is 5-2-1 in their last eight EPL matches and have won five in a row at home. Two of those wins (West Ham, Wigan) were by multiple goals. Swansea held Chelsea to a draw back on November 3 in their first meeting of the season and has only lost two of their last 27 games by multiple goals. In their last eight matches they’re just 2-2-4, and going on the road to face the Blues is always a tough match. However, I don’t have the confidence in Chelsea to give the goal, so I’ll take Swansea + 1.5 which is -125. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

10:00- Lucas Glover, Kyle Stanley, or Jimmy Walker: Headed into the final round at TPC Louisiana, Glover has a two stroke lead over Stanley, Walker, Billy Horschel, and D.A. Points. Kevin Stadler is solo 6th three strokes back, and four more are at -10 four strokes back. Louisiana is typically a course where low numbers are out there, but I’ll take this trio based on their experience. Stanley and Glover have both won on tour, and Glover is the only Major champion after winning the US Open a few years ago. Jimmy Walker has been around leaderboards but hasn’t won yet on tour. Most of the big names are further back in the pack meaning they’d need a big round and a lot of players to falter in front of them which I don’t think will happen on this course which hasn’t shown much bite yet this week. Confidence Meter: 5

11:00- Manchester United win or draw: Man U has the EPL title wrapped up as the travel to Emirates Stadium to take on third-place Arsenal. The Gunners fans are no doubt hoping for Robin van Persie to play so they can deride him for leaving their team for United, but the striker has the golden boot and league title secure so he may not take the pitch after all. However, Sir Alex Ferguson has said his team will play out their last four games of the season. The Red Devils urgency may be in question but their dominance this season isn’t. They come in with a 27-3-4 mark while Arsenal is 18-9-7 with a 10-4-3 record at home. Earlier this season Man U beat the Gunners 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, and I think they’ll get a least a draw on the road today. Confidence Meter: 4

1:05- Toronto Blue Jays: The Blue Jays look to avoid the sweep at Yankee Stadium and send ace R.A. Dickey to the mound looking to snap a six-game losing streak in the Bronx. The Yankees keep losing players to the DL wich Francisco Cervelli and Ivan Nova joining Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson. It hasn’t stopped them from winning the last three over Toronto and improving to 14-9 on the season. The Jays are just 9-16 but will look to get their 10th win as the face Phil Hughes who starts for New York. Hughes comes in 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA and had a 5.73 ERA in six starts against Toronto last year. I think Toronot avoids the sweep today and Dickey has a solid outing. Confidence Meter: 3

Apr 26, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots the ball against Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) during game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

1:05- New York Knicks: Even as a Celtics fan, it’s hard to see Boston getting a game in this series. The Knicks will be without J.R. Smith who has been suspended. The problem with the Celtics, though, is that they haven’t been able to do anything offensively and look to have run out of gas as they continue to play without Rajon Rondo. This offseason will be a fascinating one for Danny Ainge and the C’s, and I think it starts with a loss to the Knicks today. No one can guard ‘Melo right now, and the Celtics haven’t shown anything to give me hope they’ll pull this one out. I sincerely hope Boston wins since they’re my team, but I think the Knicks are a solid pick. Confidence Meter: 7

1:10- Chicago Cubs: Carlos Villanueva has been excellent for Chicago this year (details here) and will look to help them complete a four-game sweep of the light-hitting Miami Marlins today at Marlins Park. Villanueva will be opposed by Ricky Nolasco who has drafted by the Cubs before they traded him to the then-Florida Marlins. Nolasco got his first win of the season in his last start but hasn’t had the kind of success that Villanueva has had so far this year. Miami is just 2-10 at home and 5-19 overall. Confidence Meter: 6

1:35- Washington Nationals: The Reds got more than one hit yesterday against Washington but the Nats still won 6-3 and go for the sweep in DC this afternoon. They’ll give the ball to Ross Detwiler who has a 1.38 ERA but is just 1-1 due to lack of run support. Detwiler is usually even better at home at Nationals Park. He’ll be opposed by Tony Cingrani who has been impressive in his first two career starts with high strikeout totals and a 1-0 record to go with a 2.25 ERA. The Nats have the advantage with their lineup producing more than the Reds right now and a solid starter on the mound, so I think they’ll wrap up their sweep today. Confidence Meter: 5

2:10- Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays Matt Moore has pitched like a Cy Young candidate so far this season and dominated the White Sox yesterday to give the Rays a chance to earn a split if they beat Chicago today. Tampa will need a better performance from last year’s Cy Yound winner David Price who is just 0-2 with a 5.52 ERA but looked better his last time out. He’s historically pitched well against Chicago and will be opposed by Dylan Axelrod who is still searching for his first win of the season. Axelrod has been good at home, so I expect a well-pitched game. However, ultimately I have more confidence in Price, so I think the Rays are the pick. Confidence Meter: 4

4:10- Seattle Mariners: The Mariners have taken two of three from the Angels and send Hisashi Iwakuma to the hill in the finale as they face former teammate Jason Vargas. Iwakuma has an impressive 1.99 ERA in his 2-1 start and has a 4-0 career record against the Angels. Vargas, on the other hand, has been hit hard this season with a 5.82 ERA and an 0-2 record. Vargas has never faced Seattle who dealt him this past offseason to LA for Kendrys Morales. Iwakuma’s current form and past dominance make the Mariners the pick although picking against the potent Angels lineup is always a little scary. Confidence Meter: 5

Apr 23, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT

4:10- Arizona Diamondbacks: I believe in Patrick Corbin. The D-Backs starter has faced tough teams all year but has put up a solid 2-0 record and 1.71 ERA. He’ll face Jon Garland of the Rockies who has a 2-1 record despite a 4.68 ERA. Garland have up six runs in six innings in his last start, and the Snakes have taken two of three in this series after winning yesterday in walk-off fashion. I’m not all-in on the D-Backs yet, but they’re at home and they have the better starting pitcher making them a good pick for today. Confidence Meter: 6

5:05- Houston Dynamo win: The Dynamo host Colorado in this MLS matchup. Houston is known for its homefield advantage are 4-0-0 at home so far this year after finishing last season 11-6-0 making them the only team to finish the season undefeated at home. The Rapids are 2-2-4 this yar and 1-1-2 on the road. They lost their last time out to Seattle snapping a three-game undefeated streak. They earned a draw earlier this year in Salt Lake and beat Chivas on the road. Houston’s home field dominance is too much to overlook making them the pick here even giving the draw. Confidence Meter: 7

7:10- Spurs win by Double Digits: The Spurs have won the first three games in this series by 12, 21, and 31. LA is short-handed and will be without Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, and Jodie Meeds who are all out due to injury. The Lakers have trailed 3-0 in a seven games series seven times in their storied history and they’ve lost all seven times. The Spurs are 11 1/2 point favorites and realize the value of the extra rest they can get before the next round. Look for San Antonio to take care of business at the Staples Center, and I’m comfortable giving the 9 1/2 in this prop. Confidence Meter: 7

9:45- Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets and Warriors are playing the most entertaining series of the first round in my opinion. Every game has been high-scoring and has had plenty of excitement from start to finish. Steph Curry has emerged as a beast for the Warriors while Ty Lawson has been playing well for Denver. This series looks like its going seven games which would be just fine with me. I think the Nuggets level it up with a win at the O tonight. Denver comes in as 1 1/2 point road favorites. Confidence Meter: 4

9:46- Curry’s Made Field Goals: I expect this game to be close from the outset, so Curry’s FG should be enough to cover the halftime lead of either team. Curry has made 7, 13, and 8 field goals, so don’t expect an extremely high number but four or five should be enough to cover what will be an extremely fun game to watch. Confidence Meter: 3

11:05- 4th Quarter: In games one and two the 4th quarter was higher scoring, but in game three the Warriors went off in the third. This is a little bit more than a coin-flip prop since the 4th quarter usually has more free throws especially towards the end, but either team can go off in the third and make that a winner. It’s not a strong pick, but it’s better than 50-50. Confidence Meter: 4

Streak Scoreboard-April

Yesterday’s Results: 8-7

Overall Record for the month: 207-152

Record in confident picks (confidence over 5): 57-38 (1-2 yesterday)

Current Streak: W2 (Wings and Kings got me greens after Braves lost)

Longest Streak of the Month: W8

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