May 1, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz prior to his at bat against the Chicago White Sox at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash Picks, May 2 Analysis and Previews

In one of tonight’s Streak for the Cash featured matchups, the Brooklyn Nets and guard Deron Williams (8) take on the Chicago Bulls and guard Nate Robinson (2) as the thry to force a game 7 at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday’s another full day in ESPN’s Streak for the Cash with the PGA Tour getting things started from the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow and Europa League soccer taking center stage this afternoon. Tonight, the NHL and NBA playoffs continue with picks and props as well as more MLB options. Here’s the picks I’m watching:

5/2 Streak Picks

Apr 10, 2013; Augusta, GA, USA; Bubba Watson (right) and Rickie Fowler (left) walk off the 15th tee box during a practice round for the 2013 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

7:40- Rickie Fowler or Tie: Fowler is the defending champion at Quail Hollow and has a trio of top tens already this year. In this nine-hole prop he faces off with Phil Mickelson who he’ll be grouped with for the first two rounds. Phil hasn’t won at the Wells Fargo but has four top five finishes in his nine appearances. Mickleson comes in off a t54 at the Masters after missing the cut at the Arnold Palmer three tournaments ago. Fowler finished t3 at the Palmer and has followed that with a t38 at the Masters and a t32 in New Orleans. The two are a pretty even matchup with Fowler getting a slight edge possibly, but getting the tie makes Fowler a good bpick. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

12:55- Rory McIlroy: Rory is another former champion at Quail Hollow featured in a prop on Thursday as he takes on Bubba Watson in an 18-hole prop giving the tie. Rory holds the course record after winning in 2010 whiel Bubba’s also played well here earning a co-runner-up finish in 2009. Rory has been playing slightly better than Bubba lately, so I’ll take him in this one although it easily could go either way. Confidence Meter: 3

May 1, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena (24) and right fielder David DeJesus (9) and shortstop Starlin Castro (13) and center fielder Julio Borbon (20) celebrate a victory against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field. Cubs beat the Padres 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

2:20- Chicago Cubs: The Cubs send Travis Wood to the mound, and he’s been pretty solid this year as I detailed in this post. He faces the struggling Padres and Eric Stults as the Cubs look to get a win and take three of four in this series provided they can avoid the rain at Wrigley this afternoon. Confidence Meter: 7

3:05- FC Basel win, draw, or lose by 1: FC Basel is -167 getting a goal after Chelsea won the first leg 2-1 in this Europa League Semifinal. Chelsea doesn’t need to win to advance, so while I think they’re the better team I’m not confident they’ll win by two. It’s a tricky prop,  but the odds so go Basel. Confidence Meter: 3

7:00- Montreal Canadiens: The all-Canadien series of the NHL gets underway tonight as the Sens and Habs skate in game one while two other series are already playing game two. Montreal was 14-7-3 at home during the regular season while the Senators struggled on the road going 10-11-3. The two teams split four games this season with the home team winning each and most being very close. This series should be a fun one to watch, but taking the home team in the series would seem to be the right call most of the time. Confidence Meter: 5

7:10- Atlanta Braves: In their six meetings this season, the Nationals have beaten Atlanta only once. Yesterday, Joran Zimmermann pitched an excellent game to get them that one win. However, today they’ll send Dan Haren to the mound who has had much less success so far this season (2-3, 6.29 ERA). He’ll be opposed by Kris Medlen who is 1-3 despite a decent 3.26 ERA. The Nats lineup will also be without some of its pop as Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman, and Bryce Harper are all dealing with injury issues. The Braves should be able to bounce back against Haren and get the win behind a good start from Medlen who dominated Washington last season. Confidence Meter: 6

8:05- Texas Rangers: The Rangers haven’t lost a series yet this season, but they’ll need to win tonight to take two out of three from Chicago. The White Sox will turn to Jake Peavy who comes in 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA but he hasn’t beaten Texas and is 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA in four career starts. He’ll be opposed by Justin Grimm who has been excellent since being called up from the minors. At home, I think the Rangers win this series, but it should be a good pitching matchup and an exciting game to watch. Confidence Meter: 3

8:10- Brooklyn Nets: The Bulls and Nets meet in Chicago as the Nets look to force a deciding seventh game back in Brooklyn. Chicago looked tired in the end of their last game and may be without  Kirk Hinrich who could be sidelined again by a bruised left calf. The Nets took Chicago to triple-OT in their last trip to Chicago and I think they’ll finish the job tonight and force a deciding game seven. Confidence Meter: 4

8:11- Nets 2nd Quarter Points: This user submitted prop is creative as it’s the 1st half points and boards of Boozer and Noah against the Nets points in the 2nd quarter. Yesterday’s was an easy one with Durat, but this is a much more balanced prop. Boozer or Noah could get in foul trouble and Noah is far from full strength anyway, so I’ll take Brooklyn’s points in the second quarter. It would seem that if Boozer-Noah get over 20 they’ll be doing well while the Nets typically score 20+ per quarter even against the Chicago defense. Confidence Meter: 6

9:30- LA Kings: The Blues needed overtime and a weird overtime mistake by Jonathan Quick to take game one of their series with the Kings, and I think the defending champions can bounce back and level the series in St. Louis. LA swept the Blues last year and won all their matchups this season as well. Game one seemed fluky to me, and I’ll take LA to level things on the road tonight. Confidence Meer: 4

April 30, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen (93) controls the puck against the defense of Anaheim Ducks center David Steckel (20) and goalie Jonas Hiller (1) during the third period in game one of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

10:00- Anaheim Ducks: It’s hard to pick against the Ducks at the Pond where they were 16-7-1 on the season. They took game one against the Wings 3-1 and host Detroit in game two tonight. Anaheim has more experience than the young Red Wings who battled their way into the playoffs at the end of the season. I think the Ducks take the 2-0 lead tonight at home. Confidence Meter: 6

10:45- Golden State Warriors: The Warriors come home and try to close out the Nuggets without having to win again in Denver. They enter as one-point underdogs even though they won by 14 in game four after squeaking out a two-point win in game 3. Stephen Curry loves the crowd at the Oracle and its a huge home court advantage for the Warriors who went 28-13 at the O this season. Denver was even better at home but were 19-22 on the road. Ultimately, I think their road woes return and Curry takes Golden State into the next round tonight in Oakland. Confidence Meter: 5

Streak Scoreboard-May

 Yesterday’s Results: 6-7

Overall Record for the month: 6-7

Record in confident picks (confidence 6+): 2-2

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