Dec 7, 2013; Fresno, CA, USA; Utah State Aggies safety Brian Suite (21) intercepts a pass intended for Fresno State Bulldogs wide receiver Isaiah Burse (1) in the third quarter at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs defeated the Aggies 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash Picks-December 26, 2013

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Dec 6, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Bowling Green Falcons running back Travis Greene (13) scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ford Field. Bowling Green won 47-27. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

After yesterday’s frenetically paced Christmas Day stunt day picks, things slow down today on Streak for the Cash with a limited slate of options, but there are some intriguing matchups on the board today. There’s a pair of EPL matchups to get us started this morning and then later tonight there are picks from the NBA slate as well as some college football bowl games on tap for tonight. Here are my picks for today with my confidence in each pick on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most confident. I included a one or two sentence summary of my reasoning as well for this Thursday.

12/26 Streak Picks

10:00- Arsenal Win: The Gunners played to a tough 0-0 draw with Chelsea and now travel to take on West Ham who are 0-1-3 in their last four EPL games and just 3-5-9 overall. 6

12:30- Manchester City Win: Man City at home has been absolutely amazing and even a tough match against Liverpool shouldn’t trip them up. 7

Dec 25, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket as San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw (left) and guard Danny Green (right) defends during the first half at AT

6:00- Bowling Green Falcons: The Falcons represent the MAC against the Pitt Panthers in the Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit. Bowling Green’s offense is among the best in the league while Pitt struggled to 3-5 in the ACC and barely eked out bowl eligibility. 6

7:05- Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks have beaten the Cavs 10 of the last 12 times they’ve met including four of five in Cleveland where they’ll face a banged-up Cavs squad who are struggling on both ends of the floor. 4

8:10- Rockets win by Double Digits: Even on a back-to-back the Rockets should be able to roll at home over the Grizz who struggle on the road. 6

8:35- San Antonio Spurs: Even though they lost at home last night, I expect the Spurs to go on the road and win in Dallas although it’s far from a lock. 3

9:35- Utah State Aggies: I think the Aggies pull the upset (at least according to SFTC percents-Vegas has USU as 1 point favorites) against a Northern Illinois team that was hoping for a much bigger bowl game. USU’s defense is solid and should slow down Jordan Lynch enough that they get the win.  5

9:36- Utah State Total TDs: If I am picking Utah State to win, they should take this prop as well. 4

10:45- Portland Trail Blazers: The Balzers at home take on the Clippers on the second part of a back-to-back. Portland’s 11-2 at the Moda Center. 6

11:20- No Neither Team scores a TD on its 1st Poss of 2H: I think the defenses will both play well and this game will be more low-scoring than many people think. 3 1/2

Streak Scoreboard-December

Yesterday’s Record: 15-9

Record for December253-210

Record in December confident picks (more than 5): 65-52

My Entry Results: 52-47

My Current Streak: L1

Longest Streak for the Month: W4

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