May 2, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick (38) delivers to the plate during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash Picks, May 7 Analysis and Preview

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In one of my Streak for the Cash picks for tonight, I’m taking the Indiana Pacers to continue to frustrate the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony. Ian Mahinmi and Indiana look to go up 2-0 as they face New York in game two of the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

As May rolls on, Streak for the Cash gives us another full day of options from across the world of sports. Today’s picks start in Madrid with some tennis, include the IIHF World Championship in Helsinki, and continue with some quality EPL league games in England before coming back to the USA for an evening full of MLB, NBA Playoff, and NHL Playoff action.

My entries been stuck in neutral so far this month, so I’m going no-huddle to try and get some momentum. The analysis is a little shorter than usual, but hopefully the picks hit more green. Here’s the picks I’ll be watching today:

5/7 Streak Picks

9:15- 19 Games or More: This is an over/under for total games in the tennis match between Radek Stpanek and Roger Federer. Over 18.5 games is a -154 favorite and in three of five previous meetings Stapanek has forced Fed to 19 games or more. Confidence Meter: 3

2:45- Wigan Athletic win: Wigan is fighting for their EPL life and are coming off a nice road win over West Brom after a home draw with Tottenham Hotspur. They’ll host the Swans who have lost four of their last five EPL road matches. Confidence Meter: 5

2:45- Manchester City wins by 2+ goals: Man City is at home as they take on West Brom. In their last six West Brom is 1-2-3 and lost by multiple goals on the road to West Ham during that timespan. Man City just dispatched the Hammers 2-1 and have won seven of their last eight EPL matches at home. Four of those seven wins have been by multiple goals. Confidence Meter: 4

May 5, 2013; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Travis Moen (32) and Ottawa Senators right wing Chris Neil (25) fight in the third period in game three of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Scotiabank Place. The Senators defeated the Canadiens 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

7:05- Ottawa Senators: Ottawa dominated game three at Scotiabank Place 6-1 and were 15-6-3 at home this season. The Canadiens are a good team, but I don’t think they’ll bounce back and get the win on the road in this one. Confidence Meter: 5

7:05- Cleveland Indians: Zach McAllister takes the mound for the Tribe as they host the A’s. Cleveland has won seven of their last eight games while Oakland starter Tommy Milone is on a personal three-game losing streak. The Indians’ bats are red-hot and should be up to the challenge of facing Milone. McAllister typically isn’t dominant but seldom get shelled. Confidence Meter: 6

7:10- Toronto Blue Jays: The Jays stormed back from seven down to win last night and look to J.A. Happ to get another win tonight. Happ has struggled with his command lately but comes in with a 3.98 ERA and a 2-2 record. Those numbers actually look way better than his counterpart’s as Roberto Hernandez comes in 1-4 with a 5.28 ERA. Hernandez hasn’t started in almost two weeks and the Rays bullpen was the cause of their demise last night. The Blue Jays should be able to get another  W on the road in this one. Confidence Meter: 4

7:12- Pacers 3-Pointers Made: The Pacers were exceptional in game on at Madison Square Garden winning 102-95 while making eight three-pointers. Tonight in game two, the Knicks are favored by 5 1/2, and I don’t think they’ll run away even if they are able to pull out the win. As long as the Pacers can keep this close, their three’s should be able to cover the Knicks margin. It wouldn’t surprise me if Indiana puts a choke-hold on this series by getting another win tonight. Confidence Meter: 6

7:12- FG Attempt or tie: This is another solid user-submitted prop. It’s Melo’s FG attempts or tie against his points scored. Indiana’s defense has been forcing Anthony into bad shots, and since game four of the Celtics series he’s been a mess. He’s still struggling with a shoulder injury as well. I think this is a coin-flip pick, but I’d take his FG attempts especially getting the tie. Confidence Meter: 2

May 4, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso is greeted by teammates in the dugout after hitting a 2-run homer in the 7th inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

8:05- St. Louis Cardinals: Travis Wood has been pitching well for the Cubs, but he’ll be facing the  the Cardinals who he has struggled with in the past. Last year, Wood went 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA against St. Louis. In both those losses he was opposed by the same starter the Cards have on the slate for tomorrow–Lance Lynn. Lynn is 5-0 with a 2.75 ERA and the St. Louis lineup is producing as well. They’ve won six in a row as they arrive at Wrigley for this NL Central rivalry series. Confidence Meter: 6

9:35- Yes Both Blackhawks and Sharks win: I really wanted to take the other side of this prop, but the Sharks are virtually a lock at home where they dominate especially against Vancouver who has lost their playoff edge. The Blackhawks are also most likely going to win in Minnesota, so I think I’ll take both to win even though with dual props like this so much can go wrong. Confidence Meter: 4

9:40- Memphis Grizzlies: I picked the Grizz to win the series, but Kevin Durant proved too much in game one. I think Memphis’s defense will be able to slow him down just enough to earn the split in this series which looks destined to go seven. Confidence Meter: 3

10:15- Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies took game one in San Francisco last night behind a good start from Cliff Lee and a six-run offensive performance. Philadelphia sends Kyle Kendrick to the mound who has been pitching well lately. On the other side, the Giants turn to Tim Lincecum who gave up five runs in five innings in his last startin in Arizona. The starting pitching advantage and the momentum from last night make the Phillies the pick. Confidence Meter: 5

Streak Scoreboard-May

Yesterday’s Results: 6-5

Overall Record for the month: 41-38

Record in confident picks (confidence 6+): 11-11

Current Personal Streak: W2 (Dodgers hits and Sharks win)

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