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Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Mar 04, 2021
Clippers vs Wizards
-5 -112 at Draft Kings
Play Type: Free

The Wizards had a nice run but came back to earth in a big way last time out. Now, they'll face a superior Clippers team. LA already blew out Washington (135-116) a couple of weeks ago. Including that result, the Clippers are 18-6 ATS (19-5 SU) their last 24 against Southeast division opponents. Kawhi was a late scratch last game and is questionable again tonight. Obviously, its better if he plays. Even if he doesn't go, however, the Clippers are a deep team with more than enough to take care of business against the Wizards. With LA 6-3 ATS (8-1 SU) when off an upset loss, consider laying the points. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Mar 04, 2021
Florida Gulf Coast vs Lipscomb
-4½ -113 at Draft Kings
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on LIPSCOMB. These teams played on b2b days in January. Florida Gulf Coast won the first and Lipscomb responded by winning the rematch. Neither game was close. I believe that the #3 seed Bisons are favored for good reason. The Eagles have a history of success in the tournaments but this isn't the same team. They're 0-3 ATS in neutral site games the past couple of years. In fact, they're 0-5 ATS their last five neutral site games. While the Eagles hit only 37.1% of their field goals on the road, the Bisons hit 45.3% of theirs. Look for them to win this one, covering the small number along the way. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Mar 04, 2021
Bucks vs Grizzlies
-5½ -111 at pinnacle
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on MILWAUKEE. After getting blown out last game, the Bucks are going to be all busness tonight. They're 33-17 ATS (38-12 SU) the past 50 times that they were off an upset loss. They're also 17-7-1 (19-6 SU) their last 25, after a double-digit loss. The Grizzlies typically can't keep up when high-scoring guests come to town. They're 3-8 ATS when playing a home game with an O/U line of 220 or more. When the line clmbs to 230 or more, they're 0-3 SU/ATS. In this case, the Bucks average 119.5 ppg on the road while the Grizzlies average 108.5 ppg at home. Look for the "angry" Bucks to put up a really big number and for the Grizzlies to be unable to keep up.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Mar 04, 2021
Vanderbilt vs Cincinnati
-6 -110 at linepros
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I'm playing on CINCINNATI. This is a unique situation, brought on by Covid. The Bearcats would normally be playing a conference opponent, as would the Commodores. The Bearcats were supposed to host SMU but with that game being put on pause, the teams were able to arrange this one. Not only do I believe it favors the home team, I also believe that a visit from a weak and struggling SEC team is exactly what the Bearcats need. The Bearcats have won six of eight and they nearly beat Memphis last time out. Coach Brannen noted: "I told the guys, 'If you just show that fight for a longer period of time, we would have won that game. I felt like we should have won this game." The Commodores are 3-9 their last 12 games and they got pounded last time out. That was on 3/2, which doesnt allow much time in between games. Not when taking this game on short notice and playing on the road. Cincy, by comparison, hasn't played since 2/27 and hasn't had to travel. The Bearcats are a perfect 17-0 SU the past 2+ seasons, against teams with losing records. Expect them to improve on those stats, while picking up the cover along the way. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Mar 04, 2021
Duquesne vs Richmond
-5 -107 at pinnacle
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I'm playing on RICHMOND. The Spiders didn't do themselves any favors to close out the regular season. They could have secured a double-bye and avoided this game entirely. Still, they're here and this is essentially a fresh start for both teams. Even at less than 100% health, I believe that the Spiders, who won this season's lone meeting, are the superior team. They weren't at all happy with the way they got here and I believe that they're going to come out with a chip on their shoulder for this one. The Dukes are 2-7 ATS their last nine neutral site games. Including this season's win, Richmond is 24-2 SU the last 26 meetings. Expect the Spiders to continue that dominance, covering the relatively small number along the way. 

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NHL  |  Mar 04, 2021
Senators vs Flames
-198 at pinnacle
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on CALGARY. These teams have taken turns beating up on each other. Back home, now its Calgary's turn. Not only are the Flames the far more talented team, playing at home, they've also got the schedule working in their favor. They haven't played since Ottawa handed them a 5-1 beating to start the month. The Sens, on the other hand, played again (lost at Montreal) the next night. That's noteworthy as they're 0-6 the last six times that they played the third game of a 3-games-in-four-nights situation. While many teams struggle when playing their first game back home from a road trip, the Flames are actually a perfect 6-0 the last six times that they returned home from a trip of seven or more days. Expect them to improve on those stats this evening. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Mar 04, 2021
Flyers vs Penguins
-121 at pinnacle
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I'm playing on PHILADELPHIA. The Penguins just beat up on the Flyers a couple of nights ago. Tonight, I expect the Flyers to return the favor. Pittsburgh will be without Crosby, amongst a handful of others. While they gave up five goals to the Pens on Tuesday, the Flyers are 6-1 the last seven times they faced an opponent which scored five or more goals in its previous game. Conversely, the Pens are 1-5 the last six times that they faced an opponent which allowed five or more goals in its previous game. Tuesday's game notwithstanding, the Flyers have been the better team overall this season and also in the previous h2h meetings. Expect them to bounce back and take advantage of the Crosby-less Pens. 

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NHL  |  Mar 04, 2021
Jets vs Canadiens
-145 at pinnacle
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I'm playing on MONTREAL. The Jets took a pair of meetings against Montreal to close out February. The Habs finally stopped the bleeding to start March though. Back home and with a chance for some payback, I expect their very best effort this evening. While they didn't fare too well at Winnipeg, the Canadiens are 12-5-1 over the years as a host in this series. While both teams played Tuesday, the Jets also played Monday, while Montreal had both Sunday and Monday off. That makes this the Jets' third game in four days. I say the Habs are both hungrier and fresher and I look for them to come away with the important "W." 


Age: 45


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 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.