Feb 19, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche (0) drives to the basket against Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) during the first half at EnergySolutions Arena. The Nets won 105-99. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash Picks-February 23, 2014


Nov 21, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball while being guarded by Los Angeles Clippers small forward Jared Dudley (9) and Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday’s Streak for the Cash board has a solid variety from around the sports world as we quickly hurtle toward the end of the short month of February. The Gold Medal Game in Olympic Hockey gets us started this morning followed by golf, soccer, men’s and women’s college hoops, and plenty of action from the NBA.

Here are my picks for the day with a brief analysis of each matchup with my confidence on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most sure thing:

2/23 Streak Picks

7:00- Canada: The Canadians go for back-to-back hockey gold after knocking out the USA in the semi’s as they now face the Swedes who eliminated Finland in their semifinal.  They’re favored at -182 and the Canadian defense should be good enough to get them the gold and us the green to start the day. Confidence-5

8:30- Liverpool wins by 2+: Both teams lost their mid-week FA Cup games and return to EPL play for this match.  Swansea comes in 7-7-12 overall, but just 3-3-7 on the road while Liverpool is 16-5-5 with an exceptional 11-1-1 home record.  I definitely think Liverpool should win, but giving the goal takes a lot of my confidence away. Confidence-3

9:05- Jason Day: Before the tournament, I picked Jason Day to win it all, and I’m sticking with him as he faces Rickie Fowler in the semi-finals.  Fowler has made an extremely surprising run, but Day’s experience last year will pay off as he gets the win and moves on to the final. Confidence-5

9:20- Victor Dubuisson: Dubuisson faces Ernie Els in the other semifinal match. Els has struggled at times during the tournament but has done enough to get this far taking out players who have done just worse than he has.  Dubuisson is a relative  unknown out of France who has taken out Bubba Watson and Graeme McDowell  in his last two matches. Confidence-4

Feb 16, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Nik Stauskas (11) shoots on Wisconsin Badgers forward Sam Dekker (15) at Crisler Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

12:00- Michigan Wolverines: A Sunday afternoon basketball game with some clout as Michigan takes on their in-state rivals the Spartans.  Michigan  lost at home earlier this week to Wisconsin but are favored by two after beating Michigan State by five earlier this season.  Michigan State will be looking to avege that loss but they’ve dropped two of their last four as well including an ugly loss to Nebraska last Sunday. Confidence-3

1:02- Oklahoma City Thunder: In the National ABC game of the week, the Thunder host the Clippers as they look to bounce back after losing to Miami on Thursday.  OKC is an astounding 23-4 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena and needs to win to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.  Durant and the Thunder did get Russell Westbrook back, but he may not be fully ready to handle the also-recently-returned Chris Paul. Still, though, I have enough faith in the Thunder at home to think they’ll get the win in this one as they look to assert themselves against their Western Conference foes. Confidence-6

1:02- Notre Dame wins by Double Digits: In the headline Women’s College Basketball game today, #2 Notre Dame looks to stay undefeated in ACC play as they host Duke.  The Irish housed then-#3 Duke by 21 at Cameron and should be able to win by double digits as they start a run of  three straight ranked opponents to wrap up their regular season. Confidence-5

1:03- Dayton Flyers: In another women’s college hoops game, Dayton hosts St. Josephs in a meeting of the top two teams in the A 10. St. Joe’s handed Dayton their only conference loss in their last meeting, but I think the Flyers get their revenge here at home where they have yet to lose this season. Confidence-4

1:15- Hendrick Motorsports or Joe Gibbs Racing: The Daytona 500 is always an exciting and unpredictable race, but Hendrick and Gibbs have several strong candidates and seem to be the way to go here.  Stay away though if anything else this afternoon interests you, since this prop will lock up your entry for a long time. Confidence-3

2:02- Texas A&M Aggies: A&M hosts UK in this SEC Women’s College hoops game.  A&M is 11-2 in conference play while the Wildcats are just 7-6.  Since the Aggies are at home, they’re my pick. Confidence-2

2:05- Connecticut wins by Double Digits: UConn is only favored by 6 1/2 as they host SMU, but they’ve been rolling and picking up big wins while SMU lost its last road game by seven to Temple.  The line points the other way, but I think UConn cruises at home. Confidence-4

Feb 22, 2014; Marana, AZ, USA; Jason Day hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during the fourth round of the World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

2:15- Rickie Fowler/Jason Day Winner: Day was my pick, but if Fowler does manage to pull the upset, I think he’s got the better chance to win against either Els or Dubuisson. Confidence-6

6:03- Florida State Wins or Single Digit Loss: The Seminoles are eight point underdogs to the Pitt Panthers as they go on the road today.  FSU has only one win in their last four games, but they’ve been keeping most of their games close.  In their last seven games, only Maryland has beaten them by double digits.  Pitt is coming off a pair of losses and hasn’t won by double-digits since January 21 against Clemson.  That was the only time in their last ten they’ve won by double-digits, so I think Florida State can keep this close. Confidence-4

6:05- Washington Wizards: The Wizards have been playing well coming out of the break with a tough loss to Toronto and then a pair of wins over the Hawks and Pelicans.  The Cavs six-game winning streak came to an end in Toronto last Friday, and I think they’ll lose again tonight to a Wiz team playing well. Confidence-5

8:05- Denver Nuggets: The Kings are only 7-19 on the road as they head to Denver to face the Nuggets. Both teams have struggled lately with the Nuggets losing six of their last seven and the Kings just 3-11 in their last 14. I’ll still take Denver since they’re at home, but neither team inspires confidence. Confidence-4

8:05- Utah Utes: The Utes are 4 1/2 point favorites at home, so don’t let the records of these two teams fool you.  Utah has played well lately taking Arizona to overtime in their most recent game.  Arizona State has won six of eight but have had their struggled on the road with just one win in their five road games. Confidence-6

9:05- Brooklyn Nets: The Nets face off with the struggling Lakers as 2 1/2 point favorites in LA. The Lakers just snapped their four-game losing streak by beating Boston in their last game but are still just 3-11 in their last 14 games. The Nets have been playing better taking three of four and five of seven, but they’ve struggled and are playing on the second night of a back-to-back. I still think the Nets are the right pick, though, since LA has been so dreadful lately. Confidence- 7

9:10- Phoenix Suns: A big factor in this one is the availability of James Harden who is dealing with a hyperextended right elbow.  The Rockets lost their last game in Golden State while Phoenix is coming off an impressive win over the Spurs. It was the Suns fourth win in their last five games and the team is 11-4 over their last 15.  Phoenix is especially good at home (19-9 on the season) and playing so well I think they’ll win with or without Harden playing for Houston. Confidence-5

Late Additions

7:00- Nebraska Cornhuskers: 3

   7:03- No Neither Team double digit lead in 1st half: 4

8:10- Syracuse Made 3-Pointer and Made Free Throw: 3

Streak Scoreboard-February

Yesterday’s results: 13-5

February Record: 282-233

February Confident Picks (5+): 73-42 (3-1 yesterday)

My Personal Entry: 59-36

My Current Streak: W2

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