May 6, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller (1) makes a save on Detroit Red Wings center Joakim Andersson (63) in the second period in game four of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Streak For The Cash Picks, May 8 Analysis And Preview

Can the under-manned Chicago Bulls led by Nate Robinson (left) and Jimmy Butler (right) keep it close in Miami tonight as they take on the Heat? That’s one of the questions answered in today’s Streak for the Cash Picks. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday is another solid day of sports on ESPN’s Streak for the Cash with options all day with plenty of day baseball, international soccer, and even another ATP prop getting us ready for the NHL and NBA playoffs tonight. There’s more baseball tonight as well as a interesting Steph Curry prop submitted by a Streak user. Here’s the picks that I’m watching closest today:

5/8 Streak Picks

9:15- 6 Games or More: This is a prop for how many games Rafa Nadal will lose as he takes on Benoit Paire. Paire played Nadal tough when the two met in Barcelona last month before Rafa advanced 7-6  6-2. I think Paire will be solid enough to lose either 3-6, 3-6 or even 4-6 in one of the sets. It’s no lock, but I’d take the underdog for the green if I started the day in the red. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

12:00- AOR: In this prop from Italian Serie A AC Milan gives a pair of gols to Pescara and need to win by three to see green here. Pescara is dead last in the Serie A table coming in 6-4-25 overall and 4-1-12 at home. Three of those 12 losses were by more than two goals, but AC Milan hasn’t won by more than two in any of their road games. It doesn’t seem to fit their style to win big, but Pescara is pretty bad. Confidence Meter: 2

2:20- St. Louis Cardinals: The Cards lost the first game in their two-game quickstop at Wrigley. They’ll look to earn a split as they send Jake Westbrook to the mound with his 2-1 record and 1.07 ERA. He’ll be opposed by Carlos Villanueva who is also off to a good start to the season (1-2, 2.85 ERA). Villanueva is coming of his toughest start of the year as he gave up four runs to the Reds in just 5 2/3 innings. It’s a rivalry game and the Cubs are suddenly decent at home, so even though I think St. Louis is the pick I’m not overly confident. Confidence Meter: 4

May 7, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres right fielder Will Venable (25) is congratulated by catcher Nick Hundley (4) after a two-run home run during the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

3:40- San Diego Padres: The Padres look to close out a sweep of the Marlins at Petco. Miami’s offense has managed just one run in the first two games. The Fish have struggled on offense all year, but playing in Petco without Giancarlo Stanton has caused their offense to go silent almost entirely. They’ll face Jason Marquis today who is coming off a pair of solid starts in which he’s allowed a total of five runs in 12.2 innings. He’ll be opposed by Ricky Nolasco who lost his last time out against the Phillies while allowing four runs in six innings.  Confidence Meter: 6

7:00- Boston Bruins: The Bruins have found another gear so far in the playoffs and proved they could win on the road in Toronto in their 5-2 win on Monday. They can put a choke-hold on this series with a win tonight and should be able to get the win with Tuuka Rask in goal and their bruising defense setting the tone. There’s no lock on the road in the playoffs, but Toronto is in trouble in this one. Confidence Meter: 4

7:05- Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox send rookie Allen Webster to the mound tonight making his second MLB start as he takes on the Twins in the third game of their four-game set at Fenway. The two teams have split the first two games in this series, but Boston will ned to rediscover their offense to get Webster his first MLB win. Webster was solid in his first start allowing two earned runs on five hits through six innings against the Royals. He’ll be opposed by Pedro Heranadez who has made just three starts this year and was knocked around by the Indians in his last start. Hernandez will face a Sox lineup that has scored three runs or less in five of their last six and has only scored 11 total in their last five games. I think the Sox will bounce back tonight and battle through their sudden rash of injuries to get the green. Confidence Meter: 5

7:10- Bulls win or Single Digit Loss: After winning game one in Miami, the Bulls try to go up 2-0 on the Heat. This Bulls team is a tough, defensive team but will again be most likely be without Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich. Even though I think the Heat win this game and the series, I don’t see them blowing the Bulls out. I’d stay away from this prop, though, since Miami can definitely go off and cover. Confdience Meter: 4

May 7, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland hits a single to drive in a run in the 6th inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

8:10- Texas Rangers: The Rangers have lost their last two games on the road in Chicago and Milwaukee as they take on the Brewers again tonight as they send Derek Holland to the mound who dominated Boston in his last start. Holland threw eight scoreless innings to improve to 2-2 with a 2.74 ERA as he takes the mound tonight opposed by Kyle Lohse who is 1-3 with a 3.16 ERA and coming off a rough start against the Cardinals. The Rangers have the better lineup and starting pitcher, in my opinion, making the Rangers a solid pick even on the road. Confidence Meter: 6

9:00- St. Louis Blues: The home team has won every game in this series which comes back to the Scottrade Center tied 2-2. Every hard-hitting, well-played game has been decided by a single goal. The fact that the Blues have won their last eight home games overall while the Kings have lost eight in a row on the road makes me think The Blues can hold serve in this one. Confidence Meter: 4

9:41- 2 or Fewer: This is a first-half prop sumbitted by jimend for Stephen Curry’s made 3-pointers in the first half against the Spurs. If this was the third quarter, I’d take the over, but Curry has typically started slowly in the playoffs averaging just over one made three-pointer in the first half. He could easily hit three if he goes off early rather than late in this game, but I think it’s more likely that he makes one or two but not more. Remember he did just play 58 minutes two days ago. Confidence Meter: 3

10:05- Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks are really good at home at the Pond and have dominated long stretches of this series. They could have won easily won either or both games they’ve dropped and have looked dominant in their two wins. In this now best-of-three series, I think Anaheim gets the win at home and stays in control against the plucky young Red Wings. Confidence Meter: 5

Streak Scoreboard-May

Yesterday’s Results: 7-5

Overall Record for the month: 48-43

Record in confident picks (confidence 6+): 12-13

Current Personal Streak: W2 (Senators and Phillies win after Wigan snapped my streak)

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