May 8, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) goes up for a shot against San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the AT

Streak for the Cash Picks, May 10 Analysis and Previews

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In Streak for the Cash action, the Los Angeles Kings and defenseman Slava Voynov will look to have more to celebrate tonight as they face the  St. Louis Blues in game six of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. The Kings defeated the Blues 3-2 in game five on Voynov’s OT goal. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

After yesterday’s Stunt Day on Streak for the Cash called May-Pay-Day, Streak returns to its regular schedule with a solid slate of sports options. The PGA Tour continues THE PLAYERS championship with an early morning prop before Streak goes international with some Euroleague basketball as well as some French and Spanish soccer. There’s more golf in the afternoon  as well before the NHL and NBA playoffs and more Major League Baseball take center stage tonight. Here’s the picks I’m watching today with a quick reason for why I’m leaning that way:

5/10 Streak Picks

May 9, 2013; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Matt Kuchar signs autographs after the first round of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

8:39- Matt Kuchar or Tie: Tiger faces off with Kuchar in a nine-hole prop with last year’s reigning champ, Kuchar, getting the tie. Kuchar struggled a bit in round one finishing -1 overall and even-par for the nine holes covered in this prop. Tiger was better with a -5 overall and a -3 on these holes. However, Kuchar has a better recent history here, and getting the tie I think he’s going to start a lot of people’s day off with red. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

12:00- Olympiacos win or single Digit Loss: In last year’s Euroleague final, the Olympiacos beat CSKA Moscow 62-61. Moscow will look to get their revenge as they come into this year’s semifinals in London as 7 1/2 point favorites. CSKA is a solid team and probably get the win, but I don’t like giving that many points in what I think will be a close game. Confidence Meter: 3

12:36- 9 or 10 Strokes: This prop is for the total score of Ryan Moore, Carl Pettersson, and Jason Dufner’s combined score on the Par 3 17th. All three of these players made par in round one when the hole played fairly easy which crushed my prop picks (I thought it would be a harder pin placement). This could easily go over the 10 if one of these players finds the water, but I think the more likely outcome is another nine-stroke total. Confidence Meter: 5

1:49- Adam Scott or Tie: Rory McIlroy had a strong round one finishing with a -6, but historical performance is on the side of Scott who also gets the tie in this one. Scott was -3 in round one but has a better long-term results. It’s not a strong pick since Rory is a great player, but I think Scott getting the tie is the way to go. Confidence Meter: 3

3:00- Levante win or draw: Levante gets the draw at home as they take on Real Zaragoza in Primera Division play. Levante is 11-8-15 overall with a solid 8-2-6 record at home. Zaragoza is barely above the relegation zone at 9-6-19 with just a 4-2-11 record on the road. Zaragoza has won their last two games which both were at home but haven’t won on the road since December 22. Since then they’re just 0-1-7 on the road. The question here is whether Zaragoza can carry their winning form on the road, but I haven’t seen any indication that they can. Confidence Meter: 6

May 9, 2013; Flushing, NY,USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) singles to left during the sixth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mets won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

7:10- Pittsburgh Pirates: The Pirates and Mets played a good game last night that the Mets won in walk-off fashion despite struggling with lefty Jeff Locke. They’ll get another lefty tonight as they face Wandy Rodriguez who has been solid against them in the past. The Mets will counter with Shaun Marcum who has been disappointing since coming back from the DL and has a 0-2 record with a 7.20 ERA. The Pirates have been stumbling a bit, but I think they’ll bounce back behind Wandy tonight. Confidence Meter: 6

7:30- Washington Capitals: The Caps and Rangers come into the Verizon Center even at two games apiece. Washington is trying to avoid another playoff collapse after losing their last two games, but I think they’ll be able to bounce back at home where they were 15-8-1 this season and took games one and two by a combined score of 4-1. New York is playing well, but they only won 4-3 and 4-3 on their home ice and they won’t have that advantage tonight. Confidence Meter: 5

8:10- Los Angeles Angels: The Angels and White Sox open their series at the Cell. The Angels have struggled on the road (5-13) but Chicago isn’t all that confidence inspiring either as they sit at the bottom of the AL Central standings. Chicago sends Dylan Axelrod to the mound against the potent but under-performing Halos lineup. LA has yet to announce a starter after scratching Tommy Hanson who is away from the team due to a death in his family. Chicago’s offense has been dreadful and I think the Angels get the win in this one although not knowing who will start makes it tricky to be too confident. Confidence Meter: 3

May 5, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Jason Hammel (39) pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

8:10- Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles are in the middle of a three-way tie atop the AL East after winning four of their last five games while the Twins took three of four from the Red Sox. The Orioles can thank Minnesota in person as they head to Target Field for a three-game set this weekend. Tonight’s matchup featured the O’s ace Jason Hammel who comes in 5-1 with a 4.10 ERA with all five wins coming on the road where his ERA is even better at 3.41. He’ll be opposed by Mike Pelfrey who got his first win in three starts his last time out but still comes in with an ERA of 6.35. Pelfrey has a solid history against Baltimore, but I think the O’s are playing well enough to hand him a loss tonight. Confidence Meter: 6

9:30- 3 or 4: This is a prop for the number of players will score five points or more in the third quarter of the Heat-Bulls game. The prop is 3 or 4 against any other result. In the head-to-head matchups this year, the answer has been three of four in five of the six matchups. Play the odds and go with 3 or 4. Confidence Meter: 3

10:00- Los Angeles Kings: The Kings look to close out the Blues at home at Staples Center. LA won both games at home earlier this series and were able to steal game five on the road. They’ve looked like the Champs in the last three, and I think they’ll get the win they need at home where they were 19-4-1 during the regular season. Confidence Meter: 6

10:15- San Francisco Giants: The Giants send Matt Cain to the mound against Tim Hudson in their second game against Atlanta. Atlanta took game one last night 6-3 for their fourth win in five games. The Giants counter with Matt Cain who is always a solid pick when he’s throwing at AT&T Park. He got his first win of the season his last time out and I think he’ll be able to build on that start tonight against the Braves. Confidence Meter: 4

10:35- Golden State Warriors: Golden State looks to take the lead in their series against the Spurs as they return to the Oracle for game three after earning a split in San Antonio. They actually outplayed the Spurs for most of game one before collapsing at the end. At home, their role players tend to be even better. Steph Curry has a big game in this one as the Warriors defend their home court where they come in as three-point favorites. Confidence Meter: 5

Streak Scoreboard-May

Stunt Day Results: an ugly 8-13

Wednesday Results: 7-4

Overall Record for the month: 55-47 (stunt day not included)

Record in confident picks (confidence 6+): 14-13

Current Personal Streak: W1

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