Thursday, March 5, 2009

Streak for the Cash- 3/6/09

Back with my picks for the day. I'm trying to update as much as possible but it's tough sometimes. Anyway, here we go.

PGA Honda Classic Rnd 2 (FL): Which PLAYER will have a LOWER FRONT 9 SCORE?
Miguel Jimenez (ESP)
Justin Rose (GBR)
Both players played an even front 9 yesterday, but Jimenez played an overall better round by three strokes. The wind is supposed to be an issue during tomorrow's play, but both players have good short games so no one really has the advantage there. I'd go with Jimenez just because he played better yesterday.

PGA Honda Classic Rnd 2 (FL): Which PLAYER will have a LOWER FRONT 9 SCORE?
Charlie Wi (KOR)
J.J. Henry (USA)
The percentages are misleading. It is simply a case of the public just picking the American because they see that USA by his name. Although it is only the lower front 9 score, Wi currently has a 5 shot lead on Henry and played very well yesterday. Go with Wi.

Dutch Eredivisie: What will be the match result?Willem II Tilburg Win or Draw
Sparta Rotterdam Win
No one cares about the Dutch league. It ticks me off when he does stuff like this and puts these stupid games on here. Both of these teams have been doing horribly lately, and just aren't very good anyway. I'll go with Willem because they are higher in the fixtures and they have the draw option. But honestly, your guess is as good as mine.

Who will WIN this matchup?

Who will WIN this matchup?
Calgary Flames
@ Carolina Hurricanes
Both teams have been playing good lately, but Carolina is at home. If you aren't sure who to pick, you know I always say you should go with the home team. So go with Carolina.

Who will WIN this matchup?
Miami Heat
@ Toronto Raptors
Usually, I would always tell you to go with the home team here. But I am in love with Dwyane Wade. He is just so good. Plus, the Heat are considerably better than the Raptors. This one could go either way, but I'd go with D-Wade and the Heat.

Who will WIN this matchup?
Cleveland Cavaliers
@ Boston Celtics
I'd go with the Celtics here. Both teams will be out to prove something. And LeBron James is really good. But, the C's are at home so go with them.

Who will WIN this matchup?
Dallas Stars
@ Anaheim Ducks
Both teams are basically even in the standings. And the Ducks are at home. What do you think that means?

Chauncey Billups (DEN)
Mehmet Okur (UTA)
Does ESPN know something I don't know? They must. So, I'm going to go with Okur.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Streak for the Cash- 3/2/09, nightcap block

Here are my picks for the late night block.

Full: NCAA Basketball: Which TEAM will have a LARGER MARGIN of VICTORY?
New Mexico State (vs. Boise State)
Texas (vs. Baylor)
Texas is very inconsistent. And I wouldn't be surprised if Baylor gave them a very good game, or if the Bears even won the game. However, I feel the exact same way about Boise State. I think they have a decent shot at winning the game. At the end of the day, it is Senior Night for A.J. Abrams and the Longhorns, and Baylor has simply been God-awful this year with the talent that they have. This could be a close one, but I'm going to go with Texas to have a larger margin of victory against Baylor than New Mexico State against Boise State.

NBA (Spurs @ Clippers): Which PLAYER will SCORE MORE POINTS?
Tony Parker (Spurs)
Zach Randolph (Clippers)
Tony Parker is the only smart pick you can make here. According to ESPN, Randolph flew home after Los Angeles' game Saturday night to be with his father, who is critically ill. He is listed as questionable for tonight's game against San Antonio. So, this game could very well end up being a push. But you should still go with Parker, who is averaging 20 points per game, to get the win here.

Streak for the Cash- 3/2/09, Morning Block

Only one game in the morning block today, and it is a match in the Portuguese Super Liga. Guimaraes Win or Draw, or Braga Win.

I'm going to have to go with Braga here. They are very tough at home and usually take care of business against weaker opponents. The money line is currently favoring Braga to get the win, too. So, if you aren't risking that long of a streak, go with Braga here.

Check back later tonight for my picks on the second block of games.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Danny Granger update

It appears that Danny Granger will not play tonight for the Pacers. However, that doesn't change my pick. Indiana has been hot at home, and the Nuggets haven't been playing that great, despite their recent victory over the Lakers. I still expect the Pacers to pull this one out. But, I wouldn't pick this game unless you have a streak of 2 or less going.

Streak for the Cash- 3/1/09

Sorry I haven't updated the blog in a while. I've been very busy during the break. I'll try to do a lot better during the month of March.

NBA (DET @ BOS): Which PLAYER will record a HIGHER TOTAL?
Richard Hamilton (DET) Points + Assists
Ray Allen (BOS) Points + Assists
I like Hamilton here. Boston should win this one pretty easily. So, Ray Allen could sit some in the 4th quarter, while Hamilton will likely be playing the whole game. Plus, with Iverson out, Rip gets the start. It is going to be a close one, but I'd go with Hamilton here.

PBA Etonic Marathon Open (Indianapolis): Who will win?
Wes Malott
Any other bowler
The way this tournament is set up, it heavily favors Malott, in my opinion. To win the tournament, Malott only has to win one match. ESPN is just trying to trick people by making it the progressive matchup of the day and saying "any other bowler." That makes you want to pick the field. However, there aren't that many bowlers in the tournament, and Malott only has to win one match.

WGC Accenture Match Play (Marana, AZ): Third Place match winner?
Stewart Cink
Ross Fisher
Cink is my pick here. However, don't pick this if you've got a good streak going. This match-play tournament has proven that any match can go either way. So, if I had to pick one I would go with Cink. But it really could go either way.

Italian Serie A: What will be the match result?
AS Roma Win or Draw
Inter Milan Win
I just don't see this one as that hard of a pick. Inter is really tough at home and AS has been struggling as of late. Go with Inter Milan.

Who will WIN this matchup?
Rhose Island Rams
@ Duquesne Dukes
I love home teams in games like this. Rhode Island is 10-4 in the conference, and Duquesne is 8-5. So, this is going to be a close game, reguardless of the percentages. But it is senior day for the Dukes, and I think that puts them over the top. Go with Duquesne.

NBA (LAL @ PHO): Which SIDE will record a HIGHER TOTAL?
Kobe Bryant (LAL): Points
Shaq + Barbosa (PHO): Points
I love Kobe. I love him as much as anyone on earth. I think he is better than LeBron, and I think he is the best player of the era. However, Shaq has been on fire lately and Barbosa is good to give you around 12 points as well. Plus, the Lakers are better when Kobe takes less shots. Now, don't be surprised if Bryant tries to score 50 because he is playing against Shaq. But I still like the Suns duo here.

Who will WIN this matchup?
#9 Michigan State Spartans
@ #20 Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois is favored at home for a reason. No matter how good the Spartans have been on the road this season, don't pick against an Illinois team who has been playing pretty well lately. Look for the Fighting Illini to protect home court.

NASCAR Sprint Cup (Las Vegas): Which Driver will have the BETTER FINAL POSITION?
Jimmie Johnson
Jeff Gordon
There is really no favorite here. They have reconfigured the track recently, so you can't look at the recent history of the two. I'd honestly go with Johnson, but there is really nothing behind it. He has won three titles in a row so he is leading in the percentages because of this.

Who will WIN this matchup?
Denver Nuggets
@ Indiana Pacers
Everyone will be picking the Nuggets. Make sure you don't make the same mistake as everyone else. The Pacers have been extremely hot lately at home, and Danny Granger is turning into one of the top 6 or 7 players in the league. The Nuggets aren't exactly the best defensive team either. Go with Indiana at home.

NBA (CLE @ ATL): Which PLAYER will record a HIGHER TOTAL?
LeBron James (CLE) Points
Joe Johnson (ATL) Points + Assists
I agree with the percentages here. LeBron has been off lately, but look for him to get things going quickly on a nationally televised game on ESPN. Don't be surprised if he goes for 40 tonight. Joe Johnson shouldn't combine for more than 30 between his points and assists.

Who will WIN this matchup?
Oregon State Beavers
@ Oregon Ducks
Ignore the fact that the Ducks only have one win in the Pac 10. They just got that win against Stanford in their last game, and they only lost 57-54 in Corvallis earlier this year. This may be my lock of the day. Oregon all the way.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

First pick of the day

I'm locked in with my first pick of the day, and I'll be able to watch it on ESPN2.

I've got the under on the soccer game between Manchester United and Inter Milan. This should be a good one.

Streak for the Cash- 2/24/09

Today's Matchups-

I struggled a bit yesterday, going 6-4 overall and losing my streak. But I'm back today to try and turn things around. Enjoy the picks.

UEFA Champions League: What will be the match result?
AS Roma Win or Draw
@ Arsenal Win
Both teams have been struggling lately and I could really see this matchup going either way. I have a strange feeling that Arsenal gets a late one at home and takes this one 2-1.

UEFA Champions League (Manchester United @ Inter Milan): How many TOTAL GOALS will be SCORED?
2 Goals or Fewer
3 Goals or More
I love this pick here. I just don't see ManU allowing more than a goal, if any. And I would be completely shocked if ManU scored more than 2.

NBA (Grizzlies @ Cavaliers): Which SIDE will record a HIGHER TOTAL?
O.J. Mayo + Rudy Gay (MEM): Points
LeBron James (CLE): Points
The game is in Cleveland, but LeBron has actually put up some of his better scoring outputs away from the "Q" this year. And even though the Grizzlies aren't that great of a road team, I still think O.J. and Rudy can tally around 35 points combined. I don't see LeBron getting any more than 30. Plus, he might not play a lot of the 4th quarter, while Mayo and Gay should play the whole game.

Who will WIN this matchup?
Colorado Avalanche
@ Atlanta Thrashers
Although I usually go with the home team in games like this, for some reason I am leaning towards the Avalanche in this one. They have won three of their last four, while Atlanta is on a skid recently after a small road trip. This will be a close one, but I see Colorado coming out on top.

NCAA Basketball (Penn State @ Ohio State): How many TOTAL POINTS will be SCORED?
126 Points or Fewer
127 Points or More
With 126 points of fewer, we're looking at 63 points a piece, or less. And after all, this is the Big 10. Scoring always seems to be at a premium. Go with the under here.

Who will WIN this matchup?
Vancouver Canucks
@ Montreal Canadiens
Vancouver has won their last four games, three of those on the road. However, two of those wins were in shootouts, and Montreal just got things back on track Saturday with a win at home over Ottawa. Now, after two days off, they should be rested and ready to go at home against the Canucks.

Who will WIN this matchup?
Portland Trail Blazers
@ Houston Rockets
Houston has won four in a row on their current home stand. Portland has won three and a row, but two of those were against Memphis and the Clippers at home. Now, on the road, things will be a little tougher for the Blazers. As always in the NBA, if the matchup seems like a tossup, go with the home team.

Who will WIN this matchup?
Florida Gators
@ #18 LSU Tigers
This is the biggest lock in the history of Streak for the Cash. LSU has been underrated all season, while Florida has probably been overrated all season. Nick Calathes has played bad against some pretty bad teams already this season. Now, he will play bad against a good LSU team, who has won 11 straight games in the SEC. Garrett Temple is one of the best perimeter defenders in the nation, and you will see that tonight. The percentages in this one are dead on. LSU by 10.

Who will WIN this matchup?
#25 Florida State Seminoles
@ Boston College Eagles
Sure, BC has lost 3 of their last 4 games, but it's the ACC. Home teams fair very well in this conference and I don't expect this to change tonight. Go with Boston College.

Who will WIN this matchup?
Texas A&M Aggies
@ Nebraska Cornhuskers
Home team that rarely gets a nationally televised game. Average teams can't win on the road in-conference. Both of these teams are average. Go with the Cornhuskers.

Who will WIN this matchup?
Brigham Young Cougars
@ San Diego State Aztecs
I am very big on home court advantage as you can see. Both teams are 8-4 in the conference, and BYU won the first matchup between the two 77-71 in Provo. Now, it's in San Diego. Despite the San Diego State's recent destruction at New Mexico, I'd still go with the Aztecs in this one.