May 8, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Houston Dynamo forward Will Bruin (12) celebrates with Houston Dynamo midfielder Boniek Garcia (27) after scoring a goal against D.C. United during the second half at RFK Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports

Streak For The Cash Picks, May 12 Analysis And Previews

In one of the Streak for the Cash picks, the Anaheim Ducks led by center Nick Bonino (13),  left wing Matt Beleskey (39), and defenseman Cam Fowler (4) look to close out the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday’s another great day for Streak for the Cash players with over 20 options to build your streak as we near the midpoint of the month. Today’s options start with a pair of EPL games as the English soccer season winds down. Then the focus shifts back across the pond as the NCAA Lacrosse Quarterfinals join a full afternoon of Major League Baseball, the PGA Tour, the NHL Playoffs, and the NBA Playoffs. If you’d prefer to focus on European sports there are options from EuroLeague Basketball and French Ligue soccer as well. Tonight, there’s more Mexican Primera Division socccer on ESPN2 along with Sunday Night Baseball, an MLS match, and two more NHL games. Of all the options, these are the ones I like the most:

5/12 Streak Picks

8:30- Tottenham Hotspur win: Tottenham heads to Stoke City  having earned a win or draw in their last six EPL matches. They are in the midst of a contentious battle with Arsenal for the final spot in the top-4. Spurs have a chance to pass Arsenal with a win at Stoke this morning. Stoke is solidly in the middle of the table with a 9-14-13 record overall and a 7-7-4 record at home. The two sides played to a scoreless draw earlier this season, but Spurs are in form while Stoke is 2-1-3 in their last six and have dropped two of their last three home matches. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

11:00- Swansea City win, draw, or lose by 1: In the second EPL match on Streak, the Swans head to Manchester to take on Man U. Man U already secured the Premier League title while Swansea City is currently ninth with a 11-13-12 record. They’ve gone 5-5-8 on the road and have only lost by multiple goals six times all season. They played Man U to a draw at home earlier this season and the United motivation is questionable with little to play for here. Since clinching they have gone 0-1-1 including taking a 1-0 home loss from Chelsea in their last match. Confidence Meter: 3

1:00- Cornell: Maryland and Cornell meet in the first round of the tournament with a history of heartbreak for each on the line. Cornell has a potent offense and the only thing I can think on the %’s is that the streakers are flocking to the Terps simply because they’re ranked. Maryland struggled toward the end of the season while Cornell is a high-scoring handful for the Terps defense. Confidence Meter: 4

May 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey walks off the mound after the end of the top of the 9th inning against the Chicago White Sox at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

1:10- New York Mets: There’s really only one reason I’d pick the Mets over the Pirates. That reason starts for New York Sunday-Matt Harvey. Harvey will be opposed by Jeanmar Gomez who has looked good for Pittsburgh so far this season (2-0, 2.38 ERA). The Mets should be able to earn a split in this four-game series behind their ace. Confidence Meter: 7

2:10- Baltimore Orioles: The O’s send Wei-Yin Chen to the mound taking on Scott Diamond and the Twins in the rubber game of their three-game series. Both pitchers have been pitching well lately, but the O’s bats are hot. Adam Jones and Nick Markakis both have solid numbers against Diamond so they should be able to get the win and take the series. Confidence Meter: 3

3:00- Olympiacos: In the Euroleague championship, Real Madrid takes on Olympiacos on a neutral court in London. Olympiacos won last year and pulled a major upset by taking down CSKA Moscow in the semifinals.  They were 7 1/2 point underdogs in that game and are 3 1/2 point ‘dogs in this one. The two teams last played in 2010-11 and split a pair of games in that competition. I think the Olympiacos complete their surprise run and get the championship. However, I think the best plan is to stay away from this pick completely since anything could happen. Confidence Meter: 2

May 10, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Fans celebrate after a three point basket by Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) against the San Antonio Spurs during the first quarter of game three of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

3:35- San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead as they take on the Warriors in game three. It’s a tricky pick since no one knows the status of Stephen Curry. Right now, the line sits at Golden State by one, but I was impressed by San Antonio’s play in game three and think they are the right pick either way in this game. Confidence Meter: (if Curry plays) (if Curry sits)

4:05- Atlanta Braves: In the fourth and final game of this big series by the bay, Atlanta looks to gain a split if they can beat Tim Lincecum. Lincecum has struggled lately giving up five runs in each of his last two starts and has a 0-4 record against Atlanta in his last four regular season matchups with the Braves. Atlanta will give the ball to Kris Medlen who is just 1-4 despite pitching well and coming into this game with a 3.25 ERA. Medlen has been a bit snake-bit, but I think he’ll get the W this afternoon as Lincecum’s struggles continue. Confidence Meter: 5

4:30- New York Rangers: The Rangers try to force a game seven as they host the Caps in Game 6. The home team has own every game in this series with the last four being decided by just a single goal. Last year, New York rallied from two down in the first round last year and then beat Washington in a game seven in the second round. The Rangers will draw on that experience and should be able to defend their home ice as they did in games three and four.  Confidence Meter: 6

7:30- Boston Bruins: Boston took a pair of games in Toronto in this series and will need one more if they want to avoid a Game 7 back in Boston. The Bruins seemed to let down in their two losses, but I think they’ll get back to their hard-hitting defense and get a boost from the return of Wade Redden as they close out this series tonight in Toronto. Confidence Meter: 4

8:06- C.J. Wilson or Tie: This prop is an interesting one submitted by matlapenguin and matches the number of pitches thrown in the 1st inning as CJ Wilson takes on Chris Sale on Sunday Night Baseball. There are so many things that affect this prop that it’s virtually a coin flip. Wilson averages slightly more (25) than Sale (22.5) so far this year. The White Sox average 19.7 1st inning pitches against lefties while the Angels only see 17.2. The numbers point Wilson, but anything can happen. It’s a fun prop to play, but I’d stay away with anything long. Confidence Meter: 2 1/2

8:07- Houston Dynamo win: Sporting KC heads to BBVA Compass Stadium to take on the Dynamo. Houston is 6-2-2 so far this season while KC is 5-2-4. The Dynamo are in good form coming off a two-game trip where they beat LA 1-0 and DC 4-0. At home they are 4-1-0 this season after going 11-6-0 last season. I think they’ll be able to get the full three points against Sporting KC who has lost three of their last four including their last road game at the LA team that the Dynamo just beat. Confidence Meter: 5

10:00- Anaheim Ducks: It doesn’t get much more intense than game seven in a playoff hockey series. The home team always has a big advantage and the Ducks get this one at the Pond in Anaheim. They were 16-7-1 at home in the regular season and won two of the three so far this series at home. The last three games in this series have gone to overtime, and I expect another tough, hard-fought game in this one. Ultimately, I’ll take Anaheim since they’re the home team, but the real winner is anyone who gets to watch this one. Confidence Meter: 6

10:20- Yes 1+ Batters reach full count in top 8th: Another quick and unpredicatble prop. Confidence Meter: 2

Streak Scoreboard-May

Saturday Results: 7-4

Overall Record for the month: 72-53

Record in confident picks (confidence 6+): 21-14 (4-0 yesterday)

Current Personal Streak: W5

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