Jun 4, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) during the closing minute of the Kings

Streak for the Cash Picks, June 6 Analysis and Previews

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Are you looking for someone taking the San Antonio Spurs and power forward Tim Duncan in game one of the NBA Finals? I’m picking them in today’s Streak for the Cash pick and to win the series. See below for details. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday’s Streak for the Cash options have plenty of variety with tennis, golf, and soccer early in the day building up to a solid MLB slate and the first game of the NBA Finals tonight in South Beach. Yesterday was a sub-par performance for my streak finishing below .500 and I have yet to get some serious momentum. Hopefully that will change with these picks today:

6/6 Streak Picks

8:27- D.A. Points or Tie: Phil is coming off a layoff as I detailed in my preview of this PGA Tour Event. In this nine-hole prop he gives the tie to D.A. Points who was the last player i cut from my fantasy golf team. Usually the players I almost pick do better than the players I end up with, but in this case I think his recent form will earn him a tie in at least these nine holes although I do think lefty has the better tournament when all is said and done in Memphis. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

Jun 5, 2013; Paris, France; Maria Sharapova (RUS) celebrates recording match point during her match against Jelena Jankovic (SRB) on day 11 of the 2013 French Open at Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

9:10- Maria Sharapova: This is a nice Semifinal match between #2 seeded Sharapova and #3 seeded Victoria Azarenka. Sharapova won their only previous meeting on Clay and the most recent match, but Azarenka actually has the series lead at 7-5. Sharapova had been cruising until dropping her first set 6-0 yesterday. She still battled back and won while Azarenka dispatced Maria Kirilenko in straight sets. Sharapova is my pick here since she has the better clay court record and has been in excellent form aside from the set she took off yesterday. Confidence Meter: 5

11:00- Serena Williams 1st Set Games Won or Tie: In the other Women’s semi, Serena faces Sara Errani of Italy who she’s beaten all five times they’ve met. In three of those matches this prop would have gone Serena’s way while Errani took a set in Dabai and who enough games to cover this prop in their first meeting. They met on clay earlier this year and Serena won 7-5, 6-2. Williams dropped a set in her last round game, so should come out even more focused on ending this one quickly. Confidence Meter: 3

1:27- Brandt Snedeker: The best pick of the early part of the day, in my opinion, is Snedeker over defending-champion Dustin Johnson in this 18-hole prop. DJ is coming back from a back injury and will be playing his first competitive round in a while. He hasn’t finished a tournament since Augusta while Snedeker is close to home and always a crowd favorite in Memphis. Confidence Meter: 7

2:30-Germany Win: If you need or want to pick a soccer game, Germany is the pick I’m most comfortable with although its early in the tournament and tough to know who is in form and who may be struggling a bit. Confidence Meter: 3

7:10- Texas Rangers: In the rubber game of their three-game set, both teams send solid starters to the mound as the Sox go with Jon Lester and the Rangers counter with Derek Holland. Lester was great at the beginning of the year but has faded a bit lately and struggles with Texas. Holland, on the other hand, dominates Boston and is coming on strong after a successful May. Confidence Meter: 4

8:10- Minnesota Twins: The Twins and Royals, unlike the Rangers and Red Sox, should be able to score some runs as two starters with ERA’s over six square off in KC. Mike Pelfrey is coming off Tommy John surgery as he goes for the Twins, but he’s opposed by Wade Davis of the Royals who has been even worse as of late allowing three or more runs in five straight starts including six in his last outing against the Rangers. He’s given up seven homers in his last seven starts, and the Twins have won three of four and seven of their last nine. Confidence Meter: 5

Jun 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) is congratulated by right fielder Michael Cuddyer (3) after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

8:40- Colorado Rockies: The plucky Padres head to Coors Field to take on the Rockies. Colorado has already swept the Padres twice this year and are coming off a offensive breakout let by Carlos Gonzalez three-home run-game against Cincinnati. The Rockies are 18-12 at home as they send Jhoulys Chacin to the mound against Andrew Cashner who has given up three runs or more in his last three starts and a home run in each of his last four. Confidence Meter: 6

9:05- San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs are five point underdogs in game  of the NBA Finals. However, the Spurs are more rested, play deeper and more team-oriented basketball, and about to start their last hurrah. The Heat’s best game can beat any team in the league, as we saw twice in the last series, but they’ve been inconsistent. I think the Heat will struggle with Tim Duncan’s size and won’t be able to guard Tony Parker. The Spurs are well-coached and present a tough match for Miami, so I’ll take the Spurs in this game and to win the series in 6. Confidence Meter: 4

9:10- LA Kings: The Kings are unbeaten on their home ice this playoffs and look to even their series with the Blackhawks. They’ll need another good start from Jonathan Quick, but I think they’ll get it and win making gave 5 in Chicago HUGE. Confidence Meter: 5

10:10- Atlanta Braves: The Braves have had real problems this year when facing left-handed pitching since many of their bigger bats are lefties who feed off right-handed pitching. Fortunately for Atlanta, tonight’s starter Zack Greinke is a righty and one who is struggling to find his form right now. Greinke has struggled in his last three starts going 0-1 with an 8.78 ERA. He’s been giving up homers to left-handed batters which could mean big nights for the Braves Freddie Freeman and other power lefties. The Braves may not need too many runs depending on if Tim Hudson can pitch like he did last time out. Hudson allowed just one unearned run in 7 1/3 innings his last time out after struggling for his five starts before that. The Dodgers lineup is taking shape with Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez, but I’ll take the Braves to get their sixth win in a row in this one since I have no trust in Greinke or the LA bullpen. Confidence Meter: 6

11:05- 47 Points or More: Both these teams like to get out and run a bit and I think this will be close meaning points off free throws as well. This pick is subject to change, and if it does I’ll let you know on twitter. Confidence Meter: 3

Streak Scoreboard-June

Yesterday’s Results: 4-7

Overall Record for the month: 30-34-1

Record in confident picks (confidence 6+): 10-7 (1-1 yesterday)

Personal Entry Results: 8-6-1

Longest Personal Streak: W3

Current Personal Streak: w2 (HR in 4-6, Bruins)

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