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Matchup Selection W/L
Soccer  |  Jan 17, 2021
Manchester United vs Liverpool
UNDER 3 -111 Won
Play Type: Free

Needless to say, this is a big game. While both teams certainly possess attacking threats, they're both also capable of being "stingy." Manchester United is off a 1-0 win in its last league game. Prior to that, United won 1-0 in an FA Cup match. Before that, the lost 2-0 to Man. City. Before that? A 2-1 win over Aston Villa and a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton. You get the idea; a lot of "clean sheets." Liverpool's front three remains the best in the league. That said, Liverpool has managed only a single goal in its past three league games. Given the current form of the clubs, I believe that the Under 3 goal option is worthy of a look.

Off a winning Saturday, Ben Burns is now 13-6 the L3 days, 8-2/80% with "top-rated" plays. Football is 14-6 since New Year's Eve, 7-2/78% when accompanied by Ben's top rating. ALL records are on the line today with Ben's BIGGEST TOTAL OF THE DIVISIONAL ROUND!

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jan 17, 2021
Jazz vs Nuggets
-1 -109 at BetCris
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on DENVER. A lot of people seem to be down on Denver these days. I like what I've seen from the Nuggets recently though and feel that they're offering excellent value tonight. Sure, the Jazz are going to be motivated for some revenge from the playoffs. The Nuggets are going to be every bit as hungry though; as they're currently looking up at the Jazz in the division standings. 

I played on the Nuggets in their last game, noting the following: "...I believe that the Warriors are in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Denver lost at Brooklyn on Tuesday. However, that loss notwithstanding, the Nuggets have been playing well of late. Jokic is the "straw that stirs the drink" for this team and he's found his groove. He was two rebounds and three steals short of achieving a "quadruple double" last time out. He entered that game as just the second player in NBA history to average 20/10/10 in his team's first 10 games. He's going be an unstoppable force again, tonight. Denver has still won four if its past six games and responded to each of its last two losses with a double-digit win next time out. While both teams had yesterday off, note that the Nuggets also have tomorrow off while the Warriors play at Phoenix. In fact, the Nuggets have the next two nights off. In other words, there's no holding back in this one. The Nuggets are 66-22 when listed as the home team the past 2+ seasons..."

Sure enough, the Nuggets came through with a double-digit win. Sure enough, Jokic delivered a triple-double. (He'd finish with a 23/14/10 line while adding three steals.) As I pointed out in the previous writeup, the Nuggets had two nights off, after the GSW game. So, they're coming in well-rested. The Jazz also had yesterday off. However, they played the previous day and this will mark the ninth time in a row that they played in a different city than their previous game was played in. A home game to start the year on 1/1. Then six straight on the road. Then, another home game. Now, back on the road. After this, the Jazz will finally get a "homestand," as they'll play six straight at Utah. For tonight, however, I expect them to potentially be a bit road weary. The Nuggets are 20-8 the past 28 times that they played with two day's rest. Expect them to improve on those stats tonight. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Jan 17, 2021
Bucs vs Saints
UNDER 52 -105 Won
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I'm playing on TB/NO UNDER the total. Brady vs. Brees = Shootout. Right? Not tonight, in my opinion. Sure, everyone is excited about the showdown between the two future hall-of-famers. With all that excitement, we're working with a higher O/U line than we were for the two regular season meetings. With all due respect to Brees and Brady, I feel that the high number is providing excellent value. These defenses are both really good. Remember, these teams combined for just 41 points (38-3!) last meeting. Remember, the O/U line was 48 for the game here, at New Orleans. Remember, that the Saints defensive line has been all over Brady in the two reg. season meetings. Remember, five of Brady's 12 INT's as a Buccaneer, have come against this NO team. Tampa coach Arians acknowledged: "We've got to block them better." I expect that to lead to a slightly more conservative game plan than normal, as the Bucs try to protect their star QB. While Brees runs the show, the Saints also really rely on Kamara and the running game. Yet, the Bucs were the best team in the league at stopping the run. The Saints were fourth best in that area. The Bucs were also fourth best in terms of sacking the opposing QB. NO also ranked in the top 10 (8th) in that category. Both defenses were right near the top of the league, in terms of interceptions, too. In fact, the Saints tied for first with 18 while the Bucs had 15. Again, these defenses are better than some seem to realize. I look for the final score to prove lower than many will be expecting. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Jan 17, 2021
Capitals vs Penguins
-109 at Draft Kings
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on PITTSBURGH. Caps are 2-0. Pens are 0-2. No-brainer on the Caps, right? Not in my opinion. Crosby and co. are going to be desperate to avoid falling to 0-3. We can absolutely expect their best effort. While the Caps may have held the Sabres to a single goal last time out, they're just 1-8 the past nine times that they allowed two goals or less in their previous game. The Crosby/Ovechkin games are usually good ones. Pittsburgh has taken three of the past five meetings. In this case, playing at home and highly motivated to avoid the 0-3 start, I expect the Pens to have the advantage. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 17, 2021
Memphis vs Tulsa
+1½ -110 at BetCris
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on MEMPHIS. I really like the way this one sets up. Memphis hasn't been covering the spread. However, the Tigers are very talented and they're off a 1-point win last time out. Thats the type of victory they can build momentum from. Also, there's no pointspread to worry about covering here. Tulsa, on the other hand, got a reality check in its last game. The Golden Hurricane had been rolling but got hammered 72-53. Tulsa has now failed to score more than 70 points in any of its last four games. The Tigers haven't forgotten that Tulsa embarrassed them here last year. Nor have they forgotten that Tulsa beat them, at Memphis, just before Christmas. Expect them to get some payback, moving to 6-1 ATS the past few seasons, when attempting to avenge an earlier home loss. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Jan 17, 2021
Browns vs Chiefs
-9 -110 at Draft Kings
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on KC. The Browns were able to beat up on the Steelers. However, the Chiefs are an entirely different animal. The Chiefs score more points than the Browns and they allow less. They're experienced in the playoffs, well coached and they're well-rested. Mahomes plays the game at another level. This will already be the Browns' fourth road game since 12/20. The Chiefs, on the other hand, have been home since Christmas. While the Browns are 1-5 ATS their last six against teams from the AFC West, the Chiefs are 5-1 ATS (6-0 SU) their last six against teams from the AFC North. The Chiefs are a perfect 5-0 SU the past five times that they were off a bye and they're 4-1 ATS their last five playoff games. Mahomes rarely makes mistakes and its going to take a near perfect game to beat him. I don't believe that the Browns are up for the task. KC wins by double-digits. 


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.