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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. In the 2019-20 NBA season, Mike crushed sportsbooks with a 156-107-5 (59 percent) record, returning $3,864 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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Phoenix 125 @ Denver 118 | 06/14 | 12:00 AM UTC

Phoenix -3

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Suns have dominated this series, winning each of the first three games by at least 14 points. Chris Paul has been one of the key reasons, as he's averaging 21.7 points and 11.3 assists thanks to the improved health of his shoulder. Denver's Nikola Jokic just doesn’t have enough firepower around him, with Jamal Murray (knee) out and Michael Porter Jr. battling through a back issue, so look for the Suns to close out this series and cover along the way.

+565 42-33-1 IN LAST 76 NBA ATS PICKS
+806 28-18-2 IN LAST 48 PHO ATS PICKS
+440 11-6 IN LAST 17 DEN ATS PICKS

Brooklyn 96 @ Milwaukee 107 | 06/13 | 7:00 PM UTC

Brooklyn -2

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Game 3 of this series was ugly. Both teams shot under 38 percent from the field, with the Bucks again struggling by shooting 19.4 percent from beyond the arc. The normally efficient Kevin Durant was just 11-for-28 from the field and Joe Harris was only 1-for-11. Still, the Nets only lost by three points. With better shooting performances, look for Brooklyn to bounce back with a win.

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+840 15-6 IN LAST 21 BKN ATS PICKS
+441 11-6 IN LAST 17 MIL ATS PICKS

Philadelphia 127 @ Atlanta 111 | 06/11 | 11:30 PM UTC

Atlanta +1

LOSS

ANALYSIS: The Sixers weren’t a great team on the road during the regular season, going just 20-16. Meanwhile, the Hawks were 25-11 at home. The loss of De’Andre Hunter (knee) for the rest of playoffs is a significant blow, one from which the Hawks might not eventually be able to recover. However, with this series shifting to Atlanta, I like their chances of coming away with a win in Game 3.

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+246 19-15 IN LAST 34 ATL ATS PICKS

L.A. Clippers 111 @ Utah 117 | 06/11 | 2:00 AM UTC

L.A. Clippers +3

LOSS

ANALYSIS: The Clippers will try to avoid a second straight 0-2 series hole when they face the Jazz on Thursday. They only lost by three points in Game 1 despite Donovan Mitchell exploding for 45 points. Paul George shot just 4-for-17 in that game, and Reggie Jackson scored just nine points, fouling out in 17 minutes. I think Mitchell regresses some and both George and Jackson have better performances, so I’ll take the points.

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+190 3-1 IN LAST 4 LAC ATS PICKS

Denver 98 @ Phoenix 123 | 06/10 | 1:30 AM UTC

Phoenix -5.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Suns used a dominant second half to record a 17-point victory in Game 1 of this series. They did that with Devin Booker attempting only 12 shots. One of the main reasons for their success was the improved health of Chris Paul, who had his best performance of the postseason with 21 points and 11 assists. Add in Michael Porter Jr. being listed as questionable with a back injury, and there’s a path to Phoenix posting another lopsided win on its home floor.

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+806 28-18-2 IN LAST 48 PHO ATS PICKS
+440 11-6 IN LAST 17 DEN ATS PICKS