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YESTERDAY'S PLAYS
Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jun 18, 2021
76ers vs Hawks
76ers
-150 at Mirage
Won
$100
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing PHILADELPHIA on the moneyline. Needless to say, its a massive game for both teams. The 76'ers are on the verge of elimination while the Hawks know they don't want to go back to Philadelphia for Game 7. It'll likely be a battle, but in the end I expect the higher seed to still be standing. If this game was at Philadelphia, the line would be -7 or so and the moneyline would be too expensive, in the -300 range. However, with it being at Atlanta, we're able to get what I still believe is the superior team, at a far more reasonable price. The 76ers have already shown that they can win here. They dominated Game 3 and they nearly won Game 4. While I also like them to cover, with the last two games both decided by just three points, I'm electing to play on the moneyline. Don't count the 76'ers, who are 50-15 SU as ATS favorites, out yet. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Jun 18, 2021
Golden Knights vs Canadiens
Golden Knights
-158 at pinnacle
Lost
$158.0
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on VEGAS. Similar situation to last night's game. That series had seen the underdog Islanders salvage a split on the road. I backed the Lightning though, noting that I thought they were the superior team and the fact that they were on the road allowed us to get them at a far more reasonable price. I feel the same way about this one. The Knights' effort was disappointing for much of Game 2 but I expect them to be better tonight. Like the Lightning last night, I feel the Golden Knights are the stronger team. Once again, we get a far more reasonable price due to the venue. Yet, like the Lightning, the Knights know how to win on the road. In fact, no team has more road wins than the Knights this season. Last time they played away from Vegas, they won at Colorado. Look for them to seize control of the series and improve to 17-8 their last 25 in the revenge role. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jun 18, 2021
Jazz vs Clippers
UNDER 219½ +102 Lost
$100.0
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on LA/Utah UNDER the total. That last game here at LA stayed below the number. With the Clippers off an upset win at Utah, I expect tonight's game to also prove lower-scoring than many will be expecting. Note that the UNDER is 5-1 when LA is off a SU win as an underdog. Meanwhile, the Jazz have seen the UNDER go 7-2 when attempting to avenge a home loss. Just as they did when they got down against the Mavs, the Clippers have elevated their defense. Tonight, season on the line, I expect the Jazz to do the same. While I expect another big defensive effort, I don't see the Clippers scoring as many as they did last game. It all adds up to the final score staying below the number. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Jun 18, 2021
Twins vs Rangers
Twins
-162 at linepros
Won
$100
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on MINNESOTA. If the Twins ever want to think about getting their season on track, this would be a good series to take advantage of. The Rangers have dropped three straight and are just 25-43 overall. For tonight's opener, the Twins have a significant advantage on the mound. I backed Minnesota the last time that Berrios was on the mound. That was a fairly tough matchup as he was against Garcia and the Astros. Here's an excerpt of what I said: "To his credit, Garcia has been pitching well. That said, the Astros are still just 2-3 when he starts on the road and he's up against one of the most consistent starters in baseball. Berrios is 6-2 with a 3.58 ERA on the season. The Twins are 8-4 when he's on the mound. Note that four of those games, including each of the past two, were decided by a single run. Also, note that he allowed four earned runs or less in all 12 of those starts. In fact, since last season, he's allowed four or fewer earned runs in 23 straight ... " Sure enough, Berrios went out and allowed two runs in seven innings, recording eight K's. Minnesota won 5-2. That's 24 straight starts with four earned runs or less allowed. He should get decent support tonight, as Foltynewicz is 0-3 with a 9.45 ERA his last three. The Rangers lost 11-6 and 12-1 the last two times he was on the mound. Twins roll. 

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.