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GOING FOR 12 STRAIGHT WINNERS! Is anyone hotter than that? Off Saturday's winner with Idaho State, Burns has won 11 straight 10* CBB sides. Winner #12 goes EARLY today. Top rated hoops on $116,890 RUN!
**MUST PLAY ALERT** SUNDAY 10* TOP GUN!

With winners on Georgia and the 'Under,' Ben Burns moved to 11-1 the L7 years (7-0 totals, 4-1 sides) in the final game of the college season. All his January bowls are on a 13-1 run, dating back to 2020. It was SUCCESS in the NFL playoffs which originally made Ben "famous" though and he's got HUGE PLANS. Join him for Sunday's "TOP GUN" right away!

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SUNDAY SUPER TOTAL! (89-63 NBA RUN!)

Ben Burns was 5-2 on Saturday, 1-0 in the NBA. Now 20-11 (+$6,862) on the week, he's also 89-63 his last 152 NBA. Join him on for Sunday's big total. You'll be glad you did!

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*BIG GAME ALERT* "WILDCARD GAME OF YEAR!"

**BIG GAME ALERT** After running his record to 13-1 with his last 14 January bowl games, Ben Burns shifts his focus to the NFL playoffs. Here's his BIGGEST WILDCARD SIDE. You know what to do!

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WILDCARD TOTAL OF THE YEAR! (16-6 RUN!)

**BIG PLAY ALERT** Ben Burns is 25-12 his last 37 NFL totals, 16-6 his last 22 "top rated" NFL totals. After cashing the total for the seventh straight year in the college title game, Burns fires with his single BIGGEST TOTAL OF THE WILDCARD RD. Make this one count!

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YESTERDAY'S PLAYS
Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jan 15, 2022
Knicks vs Hawks
OVER 212½ -110 Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on NY/Atlanta OVER the total. These teams played a couple of low-scoring games against each other earlier. However, I'm expecting plenty of points in this one. The Knicks, who beat Dallas in their last game, have seen the OVER go 3-1 when off an 'upset' win. They'll face an Atlanta team which has allowed a minimum of 115 points in seven of its last nine games. The OVER is 26-14 the past 40x that the Knicks were off a double-digit win. With the Hawks off a game last night, NY will look to push the pace. With games here averaging nearly 222 points this season, look for the OVER to improve to 7-3 the past 10 times that NY was off a double-digit win. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Jan 15, 2022
Canucks vs Hurricanes
Hurricanes
-200 at Mirage
Won
$100
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on CAROLINA. The Canucks are in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Vancouver has returned from its break by losing b2b games. This is not the time or place for them to "get healthy." The Canes have dropped two in a row and their last loss was here by a 6-0 score. Off that debacle and with tougher games on deck, they will absolutely be all business in this one. In addition to having the venue in their favor and being the far stronger, healthier and more consistent team, the early start time favors the Canes, over their West-Coast based guests. The fact that they lost in Vancouver will provide even further motivation for the Canes. They're 7-1 their past eight, when off a home loss of three or more goals. Payback time. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 15, 2022
Idaho vs Idaho State
Idaho State
-4 -110 at Ace
Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on IDAHO STATE. The Bengals have been off for some time; their last game was on 1/1. That 2-week break came at the right time. At the time, they were road-weary and not playing their best. The break offered time to recharge and regroup. Facing instate rival Idaho in their first game back is ideal. The Bengals are a respectable team which was playing badly. The Vandals are just a bad team. Idaho State brought back five starters from last season. Idaho brought back one. Those experienced Bengal players will be happy to see a team which they beat won both meetings against last season. (One win came by 26 points. The other was by six.) Both teams are 0-4 to start conference play. However, while the Vandals are allowing 88.2 ppg (49.6% fg) in their four loses, the Bengals are allowing just 68.5 ppg (41.5% fg) in theirs. Look for the Bengals to dictate the tempo and for their superior defense to ultimately lead to a much-needed win and cover. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 15, 2022
Seton Hall vs Marquette
UNDER 151½ -110 Won
$100
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on SH/Marquette UNDER the total. This is a generously high O/U line. I believe that it'll prove to be too high. When these teams met last season, the O/U line was 135.5. They combined for just 108 points. The last game here at Marquette (2020) the O/U line was 141. They combined for 133. Off the loss to Depaual, the Pirates will be looking to tighten up the defense here. That high-scoring road loss notwithstanding, UNDER is 3-1 in their road games. The previous three all finished with 137 or fewer combined points. Going back further finds the UNDER at 19-7 the past 26 times that the Pirates were road favorites of three or fewer points. Marquette also comes off a high-scoring game vs. Depaul. However, the Golden Eagles held Georgetown and Providence to 56 and 64 in their previous two games. No team has scored more than 80 against them since their 12/4 loss at Wisconsin. Look for this one to prove lower-scoring than some will be expecting. 

Matchup Selection W/L
Soccer  |  Jan 15, 2022
Watford vs Newcastle United
Newcastle United
-0½ +106 at BetVegas
Lost
$100.0
Play Type: Free

Neither of these teams is very good. Both are fighting to avoid relegation. That makes this a big game. Today, I expect Newcastle to be stronger. Watford, which has dropped seven straight league matches, is missing a lot. The Magpies earned a draw against Man. United in their last game. Stepping down in class, a similar effort should result in victory. Consider Newcastle. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 15, 2022
California vs Washington State
Washington State
-9½ -109 at pinnacle
Lost
$109.0
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on WASHINGTON STATE. The Bears got off to a fast start. However, they've come down to earth lately and I expect them to stumble again on Saturday afternoon. Off a loss to Stanford and with b2b road games on deck, the Cougars are going to be all business. They're 4-2 ATS off a loss. With an O/U line in the mid 120s, this game is expected to be played at a relatively slow pace. That should favor WSU. The Cougars are 3-0 SU/ATS their last three games with a O/U line in the 130s. On the other hand, during that span, the Bears are 0-3 SU/ATS when playing a road game with an O/U line in the 120s. The Cougars won by 11, at Cal, last season. In the game here at Pullman, they won by 31. Look for another double-digit win this afternoon. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Jan 15, 2022
Patriots vs Bills
UNDER 44 -110 Lost
$110.0
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on NE/Buffalo UNDER the total. These are two of the best defenses in football. Arguably, the two very best. With all due respect to the offenses, this line could easily be lower. NE allows 17.8 ppg. Buffalo allows 17 ppg. Those are the #1 and #2 marks in the NFL. In terms of yards allowed, Buffalo ranks #1, at just 272.8 ypg allowed, and NE ranks #3. Both teams rank in the top half of the league (#8 and #13) in terms of rushing attempts per game, too. So, we're going to have a lot of running the ball to keep the clock moving. During the regular season, the game at NE was high-scoring but the game here at Buffalo was not. Four of the past five meetings in Buffalo have fallen below the total. Expect this one to do the same. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Jan 15, 2022
Raiders vs Bengals
Bengals
-6 -104 at pinnacle
Won
$100
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on CINCINNATI. While the Raiders did a great job in getting here, this setup is highly favorable for the Bengals. The Raiders left it all on the field against the Chargers last Sunday night, ultimately winning in OT. Off that emotional victory, they now travel east to play on a short week. Note that the Raiders suffered some serious bumps and bruises in Sunday's win. Notably, defensive lineman Darius Philion is out. He could have potentially been effective against the interior of the Cincy line. So, his absence is worth mentioning. The Bengals are rested and ready. This is their time. They took some heat for resting starters against the Browns but it will serve them well here. It's been a roller coaster of a season for the Raiders. It finally catches up with them here. The Bengals are better on both sides of the ball. They beat the Chiefs the last game here and pounded the Ravens in their previous home game. I expect a double-digit victory. 

PICKS IN PROGRESS
Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Jan 16, 2022
Canucks vs Capitals
Canucks
+1½ -142 at pinnacle
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing VANCOUVER on the puck-line (+1.5 goals). With the Capitals favored on the moneyline, we're able to get an extra +1.5 goals with the Canucks for a very reasonable price. While we may not need them, those extra +1.5 goals could improve invaluable. Note that the last three meetings between these teams were all decided by a single goal. The last two were so close that they both went to a S/O. I successfully played against the Canucks at Carolina yesterday. However, I like how this game sets up a lot better. Having lost all three games since returning from their break, the Canucks are going to be highly motivated. While the Caps managed a 2-0 win yesterday, they'd lost their previous three games. They're also 0-4 the past four times that they allowed two goals or less in their previous game. Expect a big effort from the Canucks to lead to AT LEAST the "puck-line cover." 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Jan 16, 2022
Eagles vs Bucs
UNDER 46 -110
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on Philadelphia/TB UNDER the total. This is a generously high O/U number. I believe that it'll prove to be too high. The Eagles run the ball more times per game (32.4) than any team in football. Those frequent running plays will keep the clock moving. Of course, they're unlikely to find things easy against a Tampa run defense which ranked third, in terms of rushing yards allowed per game. When these teams met earlier, Antonio Brown was targeted 13 times. He had nine receptions for 93 yards and a TD. Godwin was only targeted five times. However, he caught all five of those balls. As you're probably aware, neither of those receivers will be available this afternoon. Fournette also put up big numbers (2 TDs) in that game. He's out, too though. The Eagles have seen their past four Wildcard games finish below the total. I say this one does the same. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 16, 2022
Penn State vs Ohio State
UNDER 136½ +100
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on PSU/OSU UNDER the total. This season's first meeting had an O/U line of 130. That was at Penn State, where the Nittany Lions were able to put up 64 points. The Lions figure to have trouble matching that number on the road. The Lions are playing their best defense in recent memory of late though. Last time out, they allowed just 49 points. They've allowed 74 or fewer points in every game in 2022. The only team to score more than 70 against them was Purdue, which got 74. Penn State has a player (Seth Lundy) who is doing a great job of guarding the opposing team's top player and he'll be charged with slowing down OSU's E.J. Liddell. PSU coach Shrewsberry said this of Lundy: "At the start of the year, there probably wasn't anybody in here that was waving the Seth Lundy all-defensive team flag. Seth Lundy has guarded the best player, or one of the best players, on every single team this year. He's making it tough on people. His athleticism, length, attention to detail -- that attention to detail has really improved." The UNDER is 14-7 the past 21 times that the Lions were off a victory. During that span, the UNDER is also 3-1 when they played a road game with an O/U line in the 135 to 139.5 range. Look for those stats to improve this afternoon. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 16, 2022
Niagara vs Iona
Iona
-10½ -109 at pinnacle
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on IONA. This is a mismatch. The Gaels are much stronger in both the frontcourt and the backcourt. They'll finish at, or near, the top of the MAAC. The Purple Eagles, on the other hand, are likely destined to finish in the middle of the pack, or near the bottom. The Gaels knocked the Eagles out of the (conference) tournament last year, winning by six at a neutral site. This year's Iona team is arguably even stronger. Prior to the season, Rick Pitino acknowledged as much: "... it's a much better team than last year's team." I like that the Gaels have been winning, but not covering, as that has helped in keeping this line a little lower than it otherwise could have been. Note that they're 15-8 ATS the past 2+ seasons, when off a conference win. Consider that Iona was just laying -15.5 against Manhattan, a team arguably more talented than Niagara. I also like that Pitino has been unhappy with his team and demanding more. Afte the 8-point win over Manhattan, he was quoted saying: "I don't think we're playing great basketball right now and that bothers me. Where am I at in the season right now? I'm not pleased. It's up to us to do something about it. We're certainly happy with winning any game. But we're not happy with the way we played against Marist. We're not happy with the way we played against Saint Louis. And we're certainly not happy with the way we shot free throws tonight." With a tough game at Monmouth on deck, I say Pitino keeps the pedal to the metal the entire way in this one. He'll recognize that a blowout win would be great for morale/momentum and that's what I expect his team to deliver this afternoon.

Matchup Selection W/L
Soccer  |  Jan 16, 2022
Leeds United vs West Ham United
West Ham United
-0½ -145 at Mirage
Lost
$145.0
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on WEST HAM. These teams are on a different level. The Hammers are surging. They sit in fourth place in the EPL and the two teams behind them are facing each other this weekend. Picking up maximum points against lowly Leeds is imperative. West Ham has scored 39 goals in league play, Leeds has scored 21, while conceding 37. Even if Leeds was healthy, this was going to be a mismatch. However, the Whites are dealing with some serious injury issues and will be without numerous players. This game should go only one way, a convincing victory for the superior squad. 

SERVICE BIO

Age: 45

Background

In "Outliers," Malcolm Gladwell asks the question: "What makes high achievers different?" Gladwell suggests that those at the top of their field have a number of similarities - that their upbringing (culture, family, what generation they came from, experiences) had much to do with their success.

As a professional sports handicapper, Ben Burns is widely recognized as being "at the top of his field." A look at Ben's upbringing shows that he fits Gladwell's model to a tee.

Exposed to the world of point spreads early and often as a child, Burns reached adulthood as the Internet was first beginning to explode, just as the first offshore sportsbooks were springing up. By that time he'd already spent thousands of hours learning and studying stats.

From an early age it became apparent to family and friends that Ben wasn't a "typical" fan. At age 11, he was mentioned in a major newspaper (Toronto Star) for correctly predicting a high profile trade before the Major League Baseball trading deadline. (Winner of the contest got tickets to the All Star game.)

Ben's father and uncles were always involved in a weekly NFL (ATS) pool. Some of Ben's earliest memories included that pool and his fascination with it. As soon as he was allowed to play, Ben demonstrated an uncanny ability to surprise the adults. Around this time, one of his uncles moved his casino business to the Caribbean. This was the environment which he came from.

The caption underneath Ben's high-school graduation photo references Ben's love for betting on football. That's because he was famous throughout his school for annually winning the local football contest, along with the $1700 per year which was awarded to the champ.

Coming of age right as the first sports books were coming online, Ben was fortunate to enjoy some success with his some of his early online sports betting endeavors. He did so well that the first shop he ever played at ended up refusing to take his hockey bets.

Also, in the very early days of the Internet, Ben won an NBA playoff contest, put on by a company which was called NSS.net. The contest victory awarded him a trip for two to Las Vegas, $1000 cash, a limo at his disposal, free shows, hotel and live sports odds for a year. Not a bad prize for a kid in his early 20s. However, the bigger prize was that Ben was exposed to the world of "professional sports handicapping." Inspired by his personal success and encouraged by his peers, Ben first made his picks available to the public in 1998.

Achievements in Handicapping/Sports

Top Ranked NFL Handicapper

From the years of 1998-2007, Ben's selections were independently documented at one of the Internet's earliest and most respected sports monitors, Big Guy Sports. During that time, Ben earned literally dozens of documented Top 3 finishes in football, basketball, baseball AND hockey, including numerous #1 titles. Competing against a field of 150 of the biggest names in the industry, he ranked as the #1 NFL handicapper in the existence of that sports monitor, in their All-Time rankings.  No competing handicapping service ever came close to matching his NFL record. In fact, Ben also ranked as the #1 combined NFL/NCAA football handicapper.

10 Straight Super Bowl Winners

A big part of the reason for Ben's #1 NFL titles was his annual success in the playoffs. He fared particularly well with his Super Bowl selections. In fact, from 1999-2007, he released 10 Super Bowl picks (3 Sides, 7 totals) and went a perfect 10-0. (All selections independently documented.) In the middle of that 10-0 streak, in the 2002-2003 season, Ben won with both the Bucs and the "over" the year that they beat the Raiders. That win was particularly sweet as he predicted that Tampa would win the Super Bowl in a number of national magazines, prior to the season even starting.

Fantasy Legend

Ben got pretty seriously into the DFS world in 2014 and 2015. Recently, he was featured as "The High Roller" in the 2015 documentary, "Living the Fantasy." A regular fixture at Fan Duel and Draft Kings live championship events, Burns has taken down 6-figure scores in football, basketball AND baseball. While many of the other prominent DFS players come from a poker background, two decades as a sports handicapper provide a unique perspective.

Biggest Win of 2016

The year has just begun but Ben has already enjoyed some notable wins. His "Bowl Game of the Year," which happened to be a total (WVU/ASU "over") saw the teams combine for 85 points and 1196 total yards, all of them in regulation. Closing out the campaign with wins on Clemson AND the "over" in the championship game was also rewarding.  

Systems Used For Handicapping

Bruce Lee noted: "Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style of system." Lee was known to talk about being shapeless, formless (like water) and ready to adapt to any situation. Likewise, Burns doesn't rely on any one particular methodology. Rather, he combines fundamental, technical and situational techniques, making use of any and all data, which he deems relevant to the situation.

Ben does tend to pay particular attention to the 'situational' side of things. Among numerous other factors, this includes trying to determine when (and why) a team will be extra motivated ("pumped up") to play its best and also when a team may be ripe for a "letdown." Burns has a contrarian nature and this trait is often revealed in his selections.  

Betting Philosophy

Ever adapting, Burns is just as likely to take points as he is to lay them. Over the years, he's played more "unders" than "overs" but that doesn't mean that he won't pull the trigger on an "over" when the time is right to do so. While many handicappers shy away from playing MLB/NHL favorites on the money-line, Ben has proven that one can be highly successful by doing so. For him, it’s all about value. If he can get a team at -130 that he likes and that believes should be -160, than that's a play.

 

Rating and Titles of Plays

Ben uses a scale of 5-10 to show his level of confidence with each play. Plays may include "titles" in order to give users a better idea of what to expect. Some of those titles include:

Personal Favorite - Strongest favorite (or pick'em game) in that sport for the day.

Best Bet - Strongest underdog (or pick'em game) in that sport for the day, occasionally can be a total.

Blue Chip Total - Strongest rated total in that sport/category for the day.

Main Event - Big play which is featured on national television.

Game Of The Week/Month/Year - Top rated side or total for that particular week/month/year.