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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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NBA | Toronto 108 @ New Orleans 126 | 12/01 | 1:00 AM UTC

Toronto -140

LOSS

ANALYSIS: The Raptors were excellent on the road last season, posting a 24-17 record away from Toronto. They are just 3-7 on the road this season, but some of that can be attributed to their myriad of injuries. For example, Pascal Siakam did not play in any of their last four losses on the road. They have only won one road game with him sidelined. He is healthy now, along with Fred VanVleet and Scottie Barnes also being back on the floor. Meanwhile, the Pelicans will have to play their second straight game without CJ McCollum (conditioning) and Brandon Ingram (toe). With those two out Monday, they pulled off just a four-point win at home over the Thunder. The Raptors are in much better shape on the health front, so look for them to get back on the winning track on the road.

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NBA | Memphis 101 @ Minnesota 109 | 12/01 | 1:00 AM UTC

Memphis -130

LOSS

ANALYSIS: The big news coming out of Minnesota is that Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) is going to miss at least the next four weeks. The Timberwolves already traded away some of their depth in the offseason when they acquired Rudy Gobert, so this could be a tough stretch for them. The Grizzlies have their own injury issues with Desmond Bane (toe) out, but Ja Morant is healthy and locked in, coming off a triple-double Sunday in a win against the Knicks. I’m going to play the moneyline instead of the spread because the Grizzlies are only 2-7-2 against the spread on the road, but they are 5-6 straight up.

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NBA | New York 140 @ Detroit 110 | 11/30 | 12:00 AM UTC

New York -5

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Pistons have lost nine of their last 11 games, with eight of those coming by at least five points. The Knicks have played them twice this season and won both games by at least nine points. Cade Cunningham remains out, leaving the Pistons without their best player. The Knicks have scored at least 123 points in three straight, so with the Pistons having the second-worst defensive rating in the league, look for the Knicks to produce another convincing victory.

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NBA | Phoenix 122 @ Sacramento 117 | 11/29 | 3:00 AM UTC

Sacramento -115

LOSS

ANALYSIS: The Suns have played at home a lot, where they have an 11-1 record. They are only 2-5 on the road, and they are 1-4 against the spread as a road favorite. Chris Paul (heel) and Cameron Johnson (knee) will be out again, leaving them short two starters. The Kings have a clean injury report and are 6-3 at home, including 4-1 against the spread as home underdogs. These are not the bumbling Kings of the last few seasons. Look for them to take advantage of the Suns being shorthanded.

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NBA | Cleveland 88 @ Toronto 100 | 11/29 | 12:30 AM UTC

Toronto -155

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Raptors could be getting some reinforcements for this game. Scottie Barnes (knee) and Pascal Siakam (groin) both practiced Sunday and entered Monday listed as questionable. Barnes might be the closer of the two to playing, but if the Raptors can get either back, it would provide them with a significant boost. Meanwhile, Jarrett Allen (hip) and Kevin Love (thumb) have been ruled out for the Cavaliers. Add in the Raptors having a 7-2 record at home and look for them to come away with the win.

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