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It seems like only yesterday that Ben Burns capped off a DOMINATING NFL PLAYOFFS with a PERFECT 3-0 SWEEP (side, total, first half) in the Super Bowl. Now, this renowned "Totals Guru" returns with another ABSOLUTE BEAST of a total. Don't wait on this one!

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Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Sep 13, 2020
Raiders vs. Panthers
PK -123
  at  5DIMES
in 36d

Despite the Panthers having home field advantage, the Raiders are currently slight favorites. While that may have some leaning towards the home underdog, the Raiders are favored for a reason. Carolina has a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, a new defensive coordinator and a new starting QB. Under normal circurmstances, that might not be such a bad thing. After all, everyone is surely hungry to get the new era started with a win. However, these circumstances aren't normal. Due to the pandemic, the team hasn't had a chance to get together and that is likely to make adjusting to all the new faces/schemes difficult. Consider Vegas. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Aug 06, 2020
Reds vs Indians
OVER 7 -121 Won
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on Cincinnati/Clev OVER the total. This line started out low and then came down even further. With all due respect to the starters, I feel that its now too low and providing us with excellent value. Castillo can be nasty but he wasn't too good last time out. He gave up five earned runs, on eight hits, through six innings. Meanwhile, Carrasco got taken deep three times in his last trip to the mound. Carrasco has made five starts vs. the Reds. All five have produced a minimum of eight combined runs, four of them reaching double-digits. In fact, those five games averaged more than 14 runs. Don't be surprised when the bats finally come to life, sending the final combined score above the low number. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Aug 06, 2020
Flames vs Jets
+1½ -183 at pinnacle
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing WINNIPEG on the puck-line (+1.5 goals.) I really like the Jets' chances of winning this one outright. However, I also believe that a close, tight game is likely. In that type of game, the type that could go to OT, getting an extra +1.5 goals could well prove invaluable. Yes, they lost 6-2 last time out. However, the last (only) time that the Jets were trailing in this series, they responded with a 3-2 win. Including that result, they're 37-26 vs. the money-line, the past 2+ seasons, when off a loss by two or more goals. During that span, they're 66-46 (+19.2) when facing an opponent which defeated them in the previous meeting. With the Flames just 5-17 (-15.2) the past 22 times that they were leading in a playoff series, expect AT LEAST a "puck-line cover" from the desperate Jets. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Aug 06, 2020
Clippers vs Mavs
+4 -105 at pinnacle
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on DALLAS. The Mavs figure to be motivated for this one; they're 11-6 ATS when facing a team which defeated them on their home floor in the previous matchup. While I like the Mavs to win outright, getting points in what may well be a close game is attractive. Consider that all three of Dallas' games thus far have been decided by four or fewer points. Meanwhile, LA has seen two of its three games decided by a single bucket. Speaking of the Clippers, they're still playing without Beverly and Harrell, both key players. Look for the revenge-minded Mavs to take advantage. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Aug 06, 2020
Giants vs Rockies
OVER 11 -115 Lost
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on SF/Colorado OVER the total. While there may be some storms and a possible delay, they're currently projecting to get this game in and conditions should be favorable for hitting, assuming that they do. Indeed, we should see plenty of runs at Coors this afternoon. While he's off to a strong start, two of Freeland's last three starts against SF have produced 11 or more runs, those three games averaging 14 runs. Expect more of the same this afternoon. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Aug 06, 2020
Pelicans vs Kings
OVER 233½ +102 Won
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on NO/Sacramento OVER the total. We should see plenty of points in this one. The last three meetings had 232, 262 and 239 points. The Pelicans allow 116.8 ppg and the Kings have seen the OVER go 16-8-1 the last 25 times that they faced a team which allowed 106 or more points per game. Yes, the Kings last game was a little lower-scoring. However, in their first two games here, they allowed 129 and 132 points, respectively. Look for Thursday's slate to start with offensive fireworks. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Aug 06, 2020
Pacers vs Suns
-2½ -115 at betonline
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on INDIANA. The Suns have gotten off to a great start here. I believe it comes to an end here though and that the Pacers, who have also gotten off to a great start of their own, are favored for good reason. In fact, that great start for the Suns has worked in our favor, keeping this line a little lower than it could easily have been. Remember, the Pacers are 42-26 while the Suns are 29-39. The Suns allow 113.9 ppg while the Pacers allow just 107.5. Speaking of those records, the Suns are still 10-20 SU their last 30 against teams with a winning record. Meanwhile, the Pacers are 31-9 SU (24-14-2 ATS) their last 40 against sub-500 teams. The Pacers won by 25, at Phoenix, in this season's earlier meeting, holding the Suns to a mere 87 points. I expect another win and cover this afternoon. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Aug 06, 2020
Canucks vs Wild
UNDER 5½ -124 Won
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on Vancouver/Minnesota UNDER the total. With the series now tied 1-1 and the intensity already high, I expect goals to be few and far between in Game 3. We saw that in yesterday's games, the majority of them finishing with five or fewer goals. The Wild are a stingy team which limits scoring chances. The last time the series was tied (0-0) the final score was 3-0. Expect a low-scoring affair and don't be surprised if one of the goalies comes away with another shutout. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Aug 07, 2020
Thunder vs Grizzlies
+5 -110 at Bovada
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on MEMPHIS. Yes, the Grizzlies have struggled. Yes, they just got bitten by the injury bug. However, this will be a desperate Memphis team, one fully capable of winning this game. The line has climbed since its opener, providing us excellent value with the motivated underdog. The teams split a pair of meetings during the regular season but Memphis covered the spread in each. The Grizzlies won big in the most recent meeting while losing by only four in the first. Expect AT LEAST another cover this afternoon. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Aug 07, 2020
Thunder vs Grizzlies
UNDER 223 -110
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on OKC/Memphis UNDER the total. Desperate for a victory and now bitten by the injury bug, I expect an elevated effort on the defensive side of the ball from the Grizzlies this afternoon. The Thunder, who will be without Schroeder, have seen the UNDER go 18-5 when playing a game with an O/U line of 220 or greater. The Thunder, who scored an upset over LA Wednesday, have also seen the UNDER go 10-4 when off a SU win as an underdog. Note that they allowed a mere 86 points in that game; the second time in three games that they've allowed less than 95. The last meeting between these teams had an O/U line of 224.5 and finished with 207. Look for this one to also prove lower-scoring than most will be expecting. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Aug 07, 2020
Jazz vs Spurs
UNDER 227 -110 Lost
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on Utah/SA UNDER the total. The Jazz will be short-handed for this one as Mitchell and others (Conley, Gobert, O'neal) will not be playing. Remember, they were already without Bogdanovich, their second leading scorer. After getting lit up for 132 in b2b games, I expect the Spurs to use the opportunity of facing a depleted lineup to try and clean up their defense. The last meeting finished at 217. Look for this one to also prove lower-scoring than many will be expecting. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Aug 07, 2020
Penguins vs Canadiens
-155 at 5Dimes
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on PITTSBURGH. Down 1-0, we saw the best from the Penguins in Game 2. Down 2-1 and facing elimination, I expect another determined effort from Crosby and co. in Game 4. Yes, Game 3 was a tough loss, as they appeared to be in control. However, this team still has the talent and the experience to overcome it. As Montreal coach Julien noted: "...we're playing a team that knows exactly what to do to get back into a series..." Remember, the Pens had a +28 goal differential in the season while the Habs were -9. I say this one's going the distance. 


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.