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Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Feb 11, 2016
Canisius vs Siena
+7½ -115 at BMaker
Play Type: Free

Possible lookahead spot for the Saints here. Regularly two of the top teams in the Metro Atlantic Conference, Siena and Iona have long been rivals. Last season, Iona won all three meetings. The Gaels took both regular season meetings and then knocked the Saints out of the MAAC Tournament. 

Saturday will be this season's first meeting between Iona and Siena and its a game which the Saints have had circled. Tonight, Siena will host Canisius. Considering that the Saints already beat the Golden Griffins by 21 points, at Canisius, it should be easy to look ahead to Saturday's showdown.

Note that Siena lost against Marist last time out, the worst team in the conference. 

Canisisus snapped a losing streak last time out and will be looking for some redemption after getting embarrassed earlier. Take a look at the Golden Griffins as a road underdog on Thursday. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Feb 11, 2016
Stars vs Blackhawks
UNDER 5.5 -128 Lost
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on Dallas and Chicago to finish UNDER the total. These teams just played at Dallas on 2/6, the Hawks winning by a score of 5-1. Including that result, the Stars have seen four straight games top the total. I expect that streak to come to an end here though.

The Hawks' road games have been much higher-scoring than games here at Chicago. Games at Chicago are averaging a mere 4.5 goals, the UNDER going 17-6-5. When the O/U line is 5.5 here, the Hawks have seen the UNDER go 7-1. That's been a profitable situation for years here, as the UNDER is now 48-24 here the past few seasons, when the O/U line was 5.5. 

The Hawks, who are getting fantastic goaltending, have seen the UNDER go 9-4-1 after scoring one goal or less in their previous game. I'm expecting another defensive affair. 9* best bet

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Feb 11, 2016
Maple Leafs vs Oilers
-130 at pinnacle
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on EDMONTON. Both these teams have followed up 2-game winning streaks with a losing streak. Both lost their last game by a goal and both suffered blowout losses in the game before that. Playing at home, I expect the Oilers to be the team which bounces back tonight.

Its not a coincidence that Edmonton's last three losses have all come on the road, as the Oilers are terrible (7-23) away from Edmonton. One of those losses came at Toronto. They're above 500 here at home though and they won their only post-All Star game here by a score of 5-1. They're 9-4 when playing a home game w/ an O/U line of 5.5. 

While the Oilers outscore teams by a 2.9 to 2.6 average here, the Leafs get outscored by an average of 2.9 to 2.2 on the road.

The Oilers, who happen to be 8-3 (+6) after losing three or more consecutive games, are a young team which feels its on the rise. The Leafs are a team which just traded its captain away, a move which may help down the road but won't help them tonight. Oilers ge it done. 8* Annihilator

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Feb 11, 2016
Wisc-Milwaukee vs Oakland
+6½ -110 at betonline
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on Wisconsin Milwaukee. The Golden Grizzlies have been playing very well and they're likely to be a popular pick here. However, I look for them to receive a much tougher test than many will be expecting. 

These teams played a game which came down to the wire at Milwaukee a few weeks ago. Oakland was up by one at halftime and finished with a 3-point win. However, the Panthers have actually fared better on the road, at least from an ATS perspective. They're 7-2-1 ATS in road lined games and they've got nine wins away from home, as compared to six at home. 

It should be noted that the Panthers have been playing a lot of close games recently. In fact, ALL five of their last five games have been decided by four points or less. Eight of their nine overall losses have been by eight or fewer points and seven of those losses have been by four or less. 

The Panthers still view themselves as one of the top teams in the Horizon and they know a win against Oakland would prove that to everyone else. They were the last team to seriously challenge the Golden Grizzlies and I look for them to do so again. 10* Horizon GOY

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Feb 11, 2016
Sabres vs Flyers
-150 at pinnacle
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on PHILADELPHIA. Both these teams have dropped three straight. Playing at home, I expect the revenge-minded Flyers to be the team which snaps its skid here.

These played twice earlier in the season. The Sabres won both those meetings. That should provide the Flyers with some added motivation. No team wants to get dominated by Buffalo.

The Sabres are just 17-49 (-17.6) the past couple of seasons, when playing a road game with an O/U line of less than 5.5. During that time, they're also a dismal 23-64 (-24.2) after a loss by two or more goals in their previous game.

Philadelphia had a bad 6-game losing streak at the beginning of the season and both previous games against Buffalo came during that stretch. Since then, this is the fourth time that the Flyers have lost three straight games. Each previous time they snapped the skid before it got to four games. I look for the Flyers to bounce back again here, improving to 9-6 (+4.2) the last 15 times that they scored one goal or less in their previous game. 9* Personal Favorite

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Feb 11, 2016
Iowa vs Indiana
-1 -110 at betonline
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on INDIANA. Iowa comes in with the higher ranking. However, I believe the Hoosiers are favored for good reason. 

These teams will meet again at Iowa on 3/1. Knowing that Iowa is undefeated at home, the Hoosiers know they need to take care of business here. They too, are undefeated on their home floor. 

Iowa has four losses away from home. They average 76.8 points when playing away from home. That's certainly respectable but it pales in comparison to the 91.1 ppg which the Hoosiers are averaging here at Indiana. 

While this year's team is certainly playing well, its still worth mentioning that Iowa is only 10-18 (8-20 SU) the last 28 times it was a road underdog of three or fewer points. During the same stretch, Indiana is 17-7 ATS (18-6 SU) as a home favorite of three or less. In what figures to be a fast-paced game, I look for homecourt to be the difference. 10* Main Event

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Feb 11, 2016
Pelicans vs Thunder
UNDER 220.5 -105 Won
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I'm playing on OKC and New Orleans to finish UNDER the total. Most know that the Thunder tend to score a lot of points. Most also know that the Pelicans aren't one of the league's better defensive teams. That combination has led to a generously high O/U line. I believe that it will prove to be a little too high.

When these teams met here earlier in the season, the O/U line was 212.5. That was pretty much right on, as the teams would combine for 213. (Nine points were scored in the final minute.) Tonight's O/U line is considerably higher though, giving us some more room to work with. 

While they've admittedly been involved in some high-scoring games recently, the Thunder are still a team that takes pride in its defense, a defense which is typically much better at home. They allow 98 ppg here, opposing teams shooting 43%. Overall, games here average 207.6 points.

Meanwhile, New Orleans road games produce an average of 202.9 points. That's a lot lower score than their average O/U line, which has led to a profitable 19-6-1 UNDER record when the Pelicans play away from home. 

With the Pelicans off a game last night, note that the UNDER is also a profitable 8-3 when New Orleans played its second game in two days. With the UNDER also at 7-1 (25-12 L2+ seasons!) when the Thunder played with two day's rest in between games, look for this one to finish with a lower score than many will be expecting. 10* Blue Chip

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Feb 11, 2016
Wizards vs Bucks
-1½ -105 at pinnacle
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on MILWAUKEE. Both these teams eked out a win in their last game. The Bucks beat Boston by one; the Wizards won by three at MSG. Playing at home, I expect the revenge-minded Bucks to be the team which builds off their victory and which carries a winning streak into the break. 

If looking at their place in the standings, many might assume that the Bucks are already "playing out the string." I don't believe that to be the case at all though. This is a young team with some real talent and when they play up to their potential, they're extremely capable. Remember, they were the first team to beat Golden State this season. Including that victory and the recent win over the Celtics, the Bucks have quietly gone 14-8 here at the Bradley Center. 

One thing that the Bucks have going for them is that they've played more road games than any other team in the league. That means they'll get more home games than anyone else (19 of their final 29) to end the season. If they do want to entertain any thoughts of getting back in the playoffs, the Bucks know that every game is critical and that the Wizards are one of the teams they'll be chasing. The fact that they lost all three of this season's earlier meetings should provide the Bucks with even more motivation. 

Milwaukee tinkered with its lineup before last game and it seemed to pay dividends. The Bucks were actually up big on the Celtics, before letting them back in the game. I like the fact that they were able to close the deal. A loss in that Boston game, after holding the lead, would have been crippling. However, I believe the victory will provide them with some positive momentum. 

The Wizards have been far from consistent. Every win over the past few weeks has been followed by a loss. Note that they're just 1-3 ATS as road underdogs of three or fewer points. They're also 5-8 ATS when playing a game with an O/U line of 210 or greater. The Bucks, on the other hand, are 8-4 ATS the last 12 times that they played a game with an O/U line of 210 or greater. I expect them to improve on those stats this evening. 10* GOW 


Age: 42


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.