May 25, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (50) drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs power forward Matt Bonner (15) in game three of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at FedEx Forum. San Antonio Spurs defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 104-93, and lead the series 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Streak For The Cash Picks, May 27 Analysis And Previews

In one of tonight’s Streak for the Cash highlights, the Detroit Red Wings defenseman and Carlo Colaiacovo (28) try to close out the Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) in game six of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Red Wings 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Memorial Day! On Streak for the Cash there’s a full day of picks with baseball options all day long. Enjoy the start of summer with some early French Open tennis, the English League Championship Final, the NCAA Lacrosse Final, and even some WNBA props. Later tonight the NHL and NBA Playoffs continue along with more MLB picks. Here’s he options I like the most today:

Streak Picks

8:00- Tomas Berdych wins 3-0: Berdych has won all three of their head-to-head meetings in the past taking 6 sets while losing just one. In their most recent meeting, just over a year ago he dominated 6-1, 6-1 in athe Masters Series Madrid which is played on a clay surface like the French. Confidence Meter: (out of 10) 

10:00- Watford: This is a huge game for both Palace and Watford. This match is known as the most lucrative in the sport since it earns the winner a position in the Premier League for next season. The winner also gets a tidy 90 million pound payout. Watford could have secured an automatic promotion on the last day of the season but lost at home to Leeds United. In that game they lost their starting keeper Jonathan Bond to a grisly injury. Bond was in only due to an injury to Manuel Almunia who came up huge in saving a penalty in the semifinals of this qualifying tournament. Palace overcame Brighton in their semifinal picking up just their second win in 12 games. Watford led the Championship in scoring and won at Crystal Palace 3-2 earlier this season. In the other head-to-head matchup, Palace earned a 2-2 draw. Watford may not be as well-known as Crystal Palace, but I think the Hornets get the win and the promotion. They come in at -143. Confidence Meter: 5

May 25, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Syracuse Orange midfielder JoJo Marasco (22) drives to the goal against the Denver Pioneers during the fourth quarter of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men

1:03- Syracuse: The Orange are the #1 team in the country as they look to claim the championship as they take on Duke. Both teams are solid and have had good seasons, but I think the Orange get the green in a close one just like they have played ad won all tournament long. Confidence Meter: 3

1:05- Washington Nationals: Gio Gonzalez starts for the Nats to kick off the Beltway Series. Gonzalez was excellent in his last start allowing just a run in 7 1/3 to the Giants. In his last four starts he’s 1-0 with a 1.67 ERA. He’ll match up in this one with the O’s ace Jason Hammel who has always performed well against the Nationals. The Orioles are coming off a tough loss yesterday as Jim Johnson blew the save and the game in Toronto. On the other hand, Washington has won four in a row and seems like the patriotic pick to make on this Memorial day. confidence Meter: 5

4:05- San Francisco Giants: The Battle by the Bay starts in Oakland as they send Dan Straily to the mound against the Giants. Both teams come in playing well with Oakland winning eight of their last nine and the Giants winning their last two against the Rockies. The reason I’ll go Giants is that I trust the Giants starter Madison Bumgarner (4-2, 2.89 ERA) much more than I do Straily. His last time out Straily was excellent in seven shutout innings, but before that he had struggled as indicated by his 2-2 record and his 5.73 ERA. Confidence Meter: 4

May 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera (2) celebrates with third baseman Chase Headley (7) after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

4:10- San Diego Padres: Seattle hosts the Padres looking for revenge after San Diego took five of six last season. Both these teams are struggling with the Padres losing four of their last five and the Mariners getting a win on Sunday to snap their eight-game losing streak. The reason I’m taking San Diego again comes down to starting pitcher. The Mariners send Aaron Harang to the mound with his 1-5 record and 8.58 ERA, and the Padres counter with their own struggling starter Clayton Richard who enters 0-4 with a 8.54 ERA. Richard has been effective in interleague play and is coming back off a DL stint where he reportedly worked on his arm angle and was effective in Triple-A. The Mariners and Harang have been struggling mightily, so I’ll take San Diego to get the road win to open the series. Confidence Meter: 5

7:07- Atlanta Braves: The Blue Jays earned a split of their four-game set with Baltimore with a walk-off win yesterday and now host Atlanta who blew their game in New York in the eighth allowing three runs in their 4-2 loss. Atlanta will face their former division-mate as Mark Buehrle takes the mound. He started four times against the Braves last year going 1-2 with a 5.91 ERA. The Braves counter with Tim Hudson who has struggled his last two times out but has been great in his career against Toronto. I think this one could get ugly in a hurry since the Braves lead the NL in homers and Buehrle has been surrendering long balls at a high rate. Confidence Meter: 6

7:10- New York Yankees: The Yankees and Mets relive the Subway Series as New York looks for its 12th win in their last 15 games against their crosstown rivals. The Yankees have dominated the Mets lately taking five of six last year, and the Mets offense has bee horrible lately. They were able to get a win against Atlanta on Sunday Night Baseball, but the Mets have been a mess both at home (like in this game) or on the road. Phil Hughes gets the start fort he Yankees looking to beat the Mets for the third time in a row. The Mets counter with Jonathon Niese who had been horrible until his last outing when things started to turn for the better. I hope the Mets pull the upset, but the Yankees are playing better right now. Confidence Meter: 5

May 25, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Los Angeles Angels Right fielder Mark Trumbo (44) hits a two-run single against the Kansas City Royals during the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Los Angeles beat Kansas City 7-0. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

8:10- Los Angeles Angels: The Angels are finally gathering steam having won eight in a row as they start their series against the underwhelming Dodgers. The Angels face former-teammate Zack Greinke who struggled in his last outing against another team he used to play for, the Milwaukee Brewers. The Angels starter, CJ Wilson, was much sharper his last time out allowing just a run in eight innings against the Mariners. While the game is in Dodger Stadium, the Angels are trending upward so I’ll take them to beat the slumping Dodgers. Confidence Meter: 6

8:10- Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks avoided elimination in game five but now have to go to the Joe where the Red Wings get another chance to take down the favorites in the Western Conference. Chicago won 4-1 in game 5 and Jonathan Toews finally broke his goal-scoring drought. Chicago was the best team during the regular season while Detroit had to scramble just to get into the playoffs. The Red Wings are a young team and they seemed to lack the finishing power in their last game. It should be a great game tonight, but I think the Blackhawks get a road win and send this to a glorious game 7. Confidence Meter: 4

9:05- Memphis Grizzlies: The Grizzlies have taken San Antonio to overtime the last two games, but have lost both games as they gone down 3-0. The current line has the Grizz as 2.5 point favorites, and  I think they’ll get this one and stave off elimination at home. Memphis was superb all season at home and didn’t lost back-to-back games at the Grind House all season. Confidence Meter: 5

9:06- 13 Points or More: I think the Grizzlies are going to come out and pound the ball to Randolph. He may not be the leading scorer, but I think whoever it is will have more than 13. This really is a coin-flip pick, though. Confidence Meter: 2

10:30- No 50+ points no Scored in either Quarter: In the 12 quarters in this series only one has gone over this number. Confidence Meter: 5

Streak Scoreboard-May

Yesterday’s Results: 6-8

Overall Record for the month: 197-134

Record in confident picks (confidence 6+): 51-27 (1-2 yesterday)

Longest Personal Streak: W5 (twice)

Current Personal Streak: L1 (Grizzlies ended my W4)

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