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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 two seasons, Mike crushed sportsbooks with a 291-229-8 record, returning $3,876 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 98 @ Milwaukee 105 | 07/21 | 1:00 AM UTC

Milwaukee -5

WIN

ANALYSIS: For the first time in the series, we had a game decided by fewer than six points when the Bucks pulled off a four-point win in Game 5. The Suns looked like they were going to roll early, but they blew their 16-point lead by the half. Now they have the unenviable task of trying to stay alive on the road. Noteworthy for this game is that Scott Foster will be a part of the officiating crew. Chris Paul is 0-12 in his last 12 playoff games that Foster has been a referee in. While I’d feel better if this line was set at 4.5 points, I’ll still take the Bucks to cover.

+1291 35-20-2 IN LAST 57 PHO ATS PICKS
+701 18-10 IN LAST 28 MIL ATS PICKS

Milwaukee 123 @ Phoenix 119 | 07/18 | 1:00 AM UTC

Phoenix -4

LOSS

ANALYSIS: The home team has won all four games in this series, so Game 5 being in Phoenix could be key for the Suns. They won both of the first two games there by at least 10 points. If not for a bad couple of minutes at the end of fourth quarter, they might have actually won Game 4 in Milwaukee, as well. With the series shifting back to Phoenix, expect the Suns to get back on the winning track, and cover along the way.

+1291 35-20-2 IN LAST 57 PHO ATS PICKS
+701 18-10 IN LAST 28 MIL ATS PICKS

Phoenix 103 @ Milwaukee 109 | 07/15 | 1:00 AM UTC

Milwaukee -4

WIN

ANALYSIS: Everything went right for the Bucks during their 20-point victory in Game 3. Giannis Antetokounmpo was excellent from the free-throw line, Phoenix's Deandre Ayton was limited by foul trouble and teammate Devin Booker couldn’t get anything going from the field. Don’t expect all three of those things to happen again in Game 4, which should be a closer contest. Still, with how well the Bucks have played at home and the jolt of energy Bobby Portis provides off the bench there, I like them to cover.

+1291 35-20-2 IN LAST 57 PHO ATS PICKS
+701 18-10 IN LAST 28 MIL ATS PICKS

Phoenix 100 @ Milwaukee 120 | 07/12 | 12:00 AM UTC

Milwaukee -4

WIN

ANALYSIS: This basically is a must-win game for the Bucks, who return to Milwaukee down 0-2. Giannis Antetokounmpo was stellar in Game 2, but cold shooting efforts from Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday were too much to overcome. Over its last five home playoff games, Milwaukee is 4-1, with all four wins coming by at least 11 points. Expect the home crowd to help the Bucks post a decisive win and get themselves back in the series.

+1291 35-20-2 IN LAST 57 PHO ATS PICKS
+701 18-10 IN LAST 28 MIL ATS PICKS

Milwaukee 108 @ Phoenix 118 | 07/09 | 1:00 AM UTC

Phoenix -5

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Suns took it to the Bucks in Game 1, with Chris Paul leading the way. Deandre Ayton also dominated in the paint, and he could prove to be a tough matchup for Milwaukee throughout the series. The Bucks did have more success when they went small later in the game, playing Giannis Antetokounmpo at the five. I think they do that more in Game 2, which could help makes things a little closer. However, I still expect the Suns to win and cover on their home floor before the series shifts to Milwaukee.

+1291 35-20-2 IN LAST 57 PHO ATS PICKS
+701 18-10 IN LAST 28 MIL ATS PICKS