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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San Antonio 99 @ Golden St. 121 | 01/21 | 3:00 AM UTC

San Antonio +1


ANALYSIS: The Spurs have loved playing on the road this season, posting a 6-2 record there compared to a 2-4 mark at home. The teams that they have defeated on the road include the Clippers, Lakers and Trail Blazers. While the Warriors are coming off of a big win against the Lakers, it took an improbable comeback to do so after being down 14 points in the fourth quarter. With how inconsistent the Warriors have been, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Spurs win this game.

+963 24-13 IN LAST 37 GS ATS PICKS

Phoenix 104 @ Memphis 108 | 01/18 | 10:00 PM UTC

Phoenix -3.5


ANALYSIS: It’s been a while since we’ve last seen the Suns. They haven’t taken the floor in a week because they had too many players in the league’s health and safety protocols. The only rotation player they are not expected to have available in this game is Dario Saric, so they are almost at full strength. Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, they will be missing their anchor in the middle in Jonas Valanciunas, who also is in the health and safety protocols. His loss might be too much for Memphis to overcome.

+609 16-9 IN LAST 25 MEM ATS PICKS
+276 16-12-1 IN LAST 29 PHO ATS PICKS

San Antonio 125 @ Portland 104 | 01/18 | 8:00 PM UTC

San Antonio -1


ANALYSIS: The Blazers are facing an uphill battle without Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) and CJ McCollum (foot). They have already struggled at home, posting just a 2-5 record there ATS. Meanwhile, the Spurs are healthy and are 5-1-1 ATS on the road. I just don’t think the Blazers have enough fire power left to pull this one out.

+908 19-9 IN LAST 28 POR ATS PICKS

Indiana 96 @ L.A. Clippers 129 | 01/18 | 3:00 AM UTC

Indiana +5.5


ANALYSIS: The Pacers are going to be playing short-handed as an MRI revealed that the newly acquired Caris LeVert has a small mass on his left kidney. Indiana is used to playing with a limited depth chart, though, and has lost by more than five points only once this season. The Pacers are 4-1 ATS on the road, including 3-0 ATS as road underdogs. Meanwhile, the Clippers are just 2-4 ATS at home. Expect Indiana to keep this close.

Charlotte 113 @ Toronto 116 | 01/17 | 12:30 AM UTC

Charlotte +7


ANALYSIS: The Raptors have been awful against the spread this season, which includes them posting a 1-3 record ATS at home. Also, they are 2-6 ATS as favorites. Gordon Hayward (hip) is listed as questionable, and if he returns, he would provide a big boost for the Hornets. With that being said, they lost to the Raptors by only three points even without him Thursday. Given this large number, I like taking a chance on the points.

+1031 18-7 IN LAST 25 TOR ATS PICKS
+754 12-4 IN LAST 16 CHA ATS PICKS