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Mike Barner
Mike Barner
NBA Specialist
Mike is a nationally-acclaimed NBA Fantasy expert, both season-long and DFS, who uses in-depth knowledge of every roster to find betting advantages. Over the past three seasons, Mike has crushed sportsbooks with a 425-343-12 record, returning $4,416 to $100 bettors. Mike was nominated in 2018 for Basketball Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated and on Yahoo, RotoWire and KFFL. He's also been featured on ESPN Radio. The day-in, day-out NBA grind is the fun part for Mike. He digs deep into the data, examining team trends and projecting game outcomes, while watching as many games as possible to gain an edge. For Mike Barner media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com
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Golden St. 103 @ Boston 90 | 06/17 | 1:00 AM UTC

Boston -3.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: The Warriors pulled off an impressive win in Game 5, despite Stephen Curry failing to hit a single three-point shot. They have the Celtics on the brink of elimination, but have the unenviable task of trying to knock them out in Boston. The Celtics losing the last two games were their first back-to-back defeats since March. I don’t think they will be knocked out on the home floor, and since each game of this series has been decided by at least 10 points, I’ll take them to cover as they force a Game 7.

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Boston 94 @ Golden St. 104 | 06/14 | 1:00 AM UTC

Golden St. -4

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Celtics have been great bouncing back from a loss. In fact, they have not lost consecutive games since March. I think that trend finally ends here. The Warriors regained homecourt advantage with their big win in Game 4, and Stephen Curry is shooting 49.0 percent from behind the arc in the series. They know they can’t afford to drop this game and give the Celtics a chance to close things out in Boston, so look for them to come out hot, and win in convincing fashion.

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Golden St. 107 @ Boston 97 | 06/11 | 1:00 AM UTC

Boston -4

LOSS

ANALYSIS: After the Celtics stole Game 1 on the road, their chances to win a championship improved significantly. The Warriors were only 22-19 on the road during the regular season, and they have now lost four of their last five playoff games on the road. Three of those losses came by at least 10 points. The Warriors received the good news that Stephen Curry will be able to take the floor after suffering a foot injury in Game 3, but it’s not certain that he will be at full strength. Even if he is, I like the Celtics to take care of business on their home floor.

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Golden St. 100 @ Boston 116 | 06/09 | 1:00 AM UTC

Boston -3.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Celtics did their job, winning a game on the road before the series shifted to Boston. While they are only 5-4 at home during the playoffs, they had a significant edge there during the regular season with a 28-13 record. The Warriors have not been good on the road during their playoff run, posting a 2-5 record ATS. Add in Klay Thompson struggling to find his shot and I think the Celtics cruise to a win.

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Boston 88 @ Golden St. 107 | 06/06 | 12:00 AM UTC

Golden St. -4.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: Everything went right for the Celtics in the fourth quarter of Game 1, while just about nothing went right for the Warriors. Yes, the Celtics won by 12 points despite Jayson Tatum shooting 3-for-17 from the field. He likely won’t be that bad again. However, there’s no way Al Horford and Derrick White will combine to go 11-for-16 from behind the arc again, either. I can’t see the Warriors falling down 0-2 at home, and I don’t want to pay the juice on the moneyline, so I’ll take them to cover.

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