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    Mackenzie Brooks

    The Rookie

    Mackenzie Brooks studied data analytics and computer coding at the University of Georgia, and recently the 22-year-old phenom joined CBS Sports' Projections and Insights team as a statistical analyst. A Philadelphia native, she specializes in NFL and NBA player props. Mackenzie finished last NFL season 33-17 (plus 12.3 units). Look for more of her picks here and catch her on Inside the Lines, the SportsLine model's daily show. For Mackenzie Brooks media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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    Mackenzie's Past Picks

    Mar 01 2024, 3:00 am UTC
    League
    Miami
    97
    @ Denver
    103
    Analysis:

    This feels like a dramatic adjustment to last year's finals. While that was a low scoring affair, this is not playoff basketball. The Sportsline Model does account for back to backs, and still projects the Nuggets to come in over this number. I understand that Miami's defense allows an impressive 107 on the road, but this is still a Nuggets offense averaging 119 at home, and are on a particularly high streak since the break. While I don't think they will score their typical home average, I believe they can get over this number.

    Pick Made: Thu 8:35 pm UTC
    Mar 01 2024, 2:00 am UTC
    League
    Houston
    105
    @ Phoenix
    110
    Analysis:

    This is a bet on Alperen Sengun's recent stretch of games. He's made 3 threes in his last 5 games, and his road splits on the season are actually better at 0.7 average. When the Rockets are 5-point dogs or more on the road, the over is 9-6 with a 0.9 average. For plus money, it's worth taking a shot on Sengun who will likely be playing from behind in majority of this game.

    Pick Made: Thu 8:30 pm UTC
    Mar 01 2024, 1:30 am UTC
    League
    Oklahoma City
    118
    @ San Antonio
    132
    Analysis:

    Lu Dort has found his stride from deep. He is averaging 2.7 threes in the past six games and is 5-1 to the over. He only hit one last game, but the volume was there with 5 attempts. The minutes and shot volume should be there again for Dort to get back on pace against a Spurs team that has a hard time playing defense.

    Pick Made: Thu 8:42 pm UTC
    Mar 01 2024, 12:30 am UTC
    League
    Golden St.
    110
    @ New York
    99
    Analysis:

    This line is over adjusted. Steph Curry has had a recent stretch of unders, averaging 2.5 rebounds, but on the season he averages 4.5 on the road, 17-8 to the over. Andrew Wiggins will be out again, which based off last season when Wiggins missed a lot of time, correlates to more boards for Curry at 5.9. The Sportsline Model projects 4.5 rebounds.

    Pick Made: Thu 8:25 pm UTC
    Mar 01 2024, 12:00 am UTC
    League
    Milwaukee
    111
    @ Charlotte
    99
    Analysis:

    Tre Mann has found new opportunities as a starting PG. He's averaging two threes in his six games in this position. His over is 4-1 in his last 5 games including 2 in blowout losses at Milwaukee. Charlotte's 3-point shooting was so bad in their last two games against the Bucks, that they are due to shoot at least okay (better than 24% and 28%).

    Pick Made: Thu 7:27 pm UTC
    Mar 01 2024, 12:00 am UTC
    League
    Utah
    107
    @ Orlando
    115
    Analysis:

    If there's one thing Orlando does, its dominate at home. They are 19-8 ATS and SU with a +6 point differential. And with one day off, they are 25-8 ATS. Utah finds themselves on the opposite spectrum, -11 point differential on the road, 13-17 ATS. They struggle to rebound on the road relative to home, which is a spot Orlando dominates at home. Get this line under 7 while you can, as there is optimism Paolo Banchero and Jonathan Isaac will be ready to go by game time.

    Pick Made: Thu 8:17 pm UTC
    Feb 27 2024, 12:30 am UTC
    League
    Detroit
    111
    @ New York
    113
    Analysis:

    We're headed right back to the well. Ausar Thompson got in foul trouble early on Saturday and didn't see many minutes, allowing this line to stoop down a little. Before Saturday, Thompson was 7-2 to the over. For whatever reason, he also averages more rebounds and assists on the road at 9.2 (17-11 to the over). I like my chances of seeing Thompson get more minutes tonight and more opportunity on the boards.

    Pick Made: Mon 8:05 pm UTC
    Feb 25 2024, 1:00 am UTC
    League
    Orlando
    112
    @ Detroit
    109
    Analysis:

    Ausar Thompson's production is returning. The young guys were in the dog house during that 28-game losing streak, but have recently seen more minutes similar to the beginning of the season. He's recorded a 20+ PRA in 6 of his last 7 games. The Sportsline model makes the number 22.2.

    Pick Made: Feb 24, 10:20 pm UTC
    Feb 23 2024, 3:00 am UTC
    League
    L.A. Lakers
    110
    @ Golden St.
    128
    Analysis:

    This line is too inflated from Draymond Green's recent stretch. With 23, 9, 12, and 15 point performances, it's time to regress back. This under is still 8-4 at home with a 9.2 average, as well as 7-4 against the Lakers with a 9.2 average.

    Pick Made: Feb 22, 7:18 pm UTC
    Feb 23 2024, 1:00 am UTC
    League
    L.A. Clippers
    107
    @ Oklahoma City
    129
    Analysis:

    Josh Giddey has favorable home splits. While he's been in a bit of a slump averaging 13.8 in his last 13 games, his home average is 17.3 (17-9 to the over). The Sportsline Model makes the number 17.

    Pick Made: Feb 22, 7:12 pm UTC
    Feb 23 2024, 1:00 am UTC
    League
    Houston
    105
    @ New Orleans
    127
    Analysis:

    This is the right game script for Trey Murphy. This over is 12-4 with an 18 average this season when New Orleans is favored by -4.5 or more. He also averages at least 2 more minutes when they are favored by this much. The Pelicans should find themselves up big with room to rest Zion, in turn opening up more opportunities for Murphy. The Sportsline Model has him projected for 17.4 points and rebounds.

    Pick Made: Feb 22, 7:07 pm UTC
    Feb 23 2024, 12:00 am UTC
    League
    Brooklyn
    93
    @ Toronto
    121
    Analysis:

    This is a bet on a healed injury. Gary Trent Jr. should be back to his normal minutes after the all-star break, and this is a chance to buy low on him. We are getting a low line because the under was 5-1 while he was nursing the injury before the break. He had averaged 16.2 with 5 straight overs prior to that recent stretch. Look for him to take advantage of this Brooklyn team who allow over 40% 3-point shooting on the road.

    Pick Made: Feb 22, 6:56 pm UTC
    Feb 11 2024, 11:30 pm UTC
    League
    San Francisco
    22
    @ Kansas City
    25
    +327
    15-10 in Last 25 NFL Player Props Picks
    Analysis:

    Jauan Jennings could find himself some opportunity in this matchup. KC’s elite corners should be focused on Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel, leaving opportunities for Jennings. While he only had one catch this past weekend, it was a critical 8 yards on the highlight play by Brock Purdy. Look for Jennings to continue to be targeted in these high pressure situations.

    Pick Made: Feb 08, 8:52 pm UTC
    Feb 11 2024, 11:30 pm UTC
    League
    San Francisco
    22
    @ Kansas City
    25
    +327
    15-10 in Last 25 NFL Player Props Picks
    Analysis:

    The trust is only building with Marquez Valdes-Scantling. He's stepped up the past two games, especially in high pressure situations, showing Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes trust him despite the regular season. There is a solid chance this could cash on one reception, I'd look into playing his longest reception prop too. The Sportsline Model projects him for 23 yards. With Rashee Rice looking a little less explosive the past two weeks, there could be some more targets for MVS.

    Pick Made: Jan 29, 9:52 pm UTC
    Feb 06 2024, 12:00 am UTC
    League
    L.A. Lakers
    124
    @ Charlotte
    118
    Analysis:

    This is a bet on scratches from either LeBron James or Anthony Davis. Even better if both end up sitting. The Lakers are coming off two big wins against the Celtics and Knicks where both stars played heavy minutes. With both listed as GTD, I like my chances that at least one of them rests. Austin Reaves averages 23 points and rebounds when LeBron sits and 24 without AD. He has also surpassed this total against Charlotte in their previous two matchups.

    Pick Made: Feb 05, 5:03 pm UTC