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Ben Burns is off another double-digit winner and is hitting 69% ON THE SEASON with his college basketball picks. Here, he's isolated a game destined to result in a R-O-U-T. Its so good, it qualifies as his #1 GAME OF THE WEEK!

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Ben Burns kicks off the new football week with a BEAUTY of a total on Tuesday. He's inviting EVERYONE to come along for the ride. This is a terrific opportunity. Seize the moment!

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Ben Burns says there's only one way to play Thursday's clash between the 4-6 Wolfpack and the 2-8 Yellow Jackets. Don't guess! 

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Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Nov 18, 2019
Cavs vs Knicks
-1½ -110 at betonline
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on NEW YORK. I'm looking for some payback today and so are the Knicks. I expect us both to get some. These teams met here eight days ago. Off a victory and playing with a day's rest, Cleveland hammered the Knicks in that one, winning by a 108-87 margin. This one sets up much differently though, as the Cavs are off a loss at Philadelphia yesterday, while the Knicks had yesterday off. This has been one of the Knicks better roles as they're 10-4 ATS the past couple of seasons, when attempting to avenge a SU loss as a home favorite, 13-6 ATS when avenging a loss as a favorite overall. Wins are going to be hard to come by. With a road game at Philly up next, the revenge-minded Knicks know they need to take advantage of the favorable schedule and winnable matchup. Expect them to do exactly that.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Nov 18, 2019
Utah Valley vs Kentucky
OVER 135½ -110 Won
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I'm playing on Kentucky/Utah Valley OVER the total. These teams have both been profitable for 'under' bettors so far this season. Those early results have helped us by keeping this O/U line a bit lower than it otherwise could have been. I believe that it'll prove to be too low. Both teams lost considerable offensive production from last season. So, its not shocking that their scores have been a bit low thus far. Speaking of shocking, in case you didn't hear, the Wildcats lost against Evansville last time out. That'll have them in an angry mood here and they'll look to keep the pedal to the metal the entire way. Remember, prior to the Evansville loss, the Cats scored 91 points. So, this is still a team fully capable of putting up a big number. Likewise with Utah Valley. While the competition was obviously pretty weak, the Wolverines are only a game removed from hitting triple-digits. Look for the Wildcats to put up a big number and for the Wolverines to add enough, to send this final score above the low number.

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Nov 18, 2019
Bucks vs Bulls
+7½ -110 at pinnacle
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I'm playing on CHICAGO. These teams recently met at Milwaukee. The Bucks won by nine. Playing at home, I expect the Bulls to be even more competitive. With a very high O/U line, note that Chicago is 6-2 ATS the past eight times it had an O/U line of 230 or greater. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS on the season, after allowing 115 or more points. They're also 3-0 ATS when off a loss by six or less. The Bucks have seen four of five decided by single digits. I'm grabbing the points. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Nov 18, 2019
Ducks vs Capitals
UNDER 6 -101 Lost
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I'm playing on Anaheim/Washington UNDER the total. These teams have met 14 times since the start of 2011. At look at those 14 games shows that NONE had an O/U line of six. All were listed at either five, or 5.5. Here, however, we're working with a six. While it might not sound like much of a difference, it is indeed significant to get six instead of five, or 5.5. The Ducks got a great game from Gibson in goal last time out, as they held the defending champs to a single goal, a 4-1 final. Note that the last of those four goals came via the empty net. The Caps can beat teams with offense or defense. Last time out, they allowed just two goals last time out, a 3-2 shoootout win over Boston. After a run of 'overs,' the Caps are getting back to a more stingy style of play. Goaltender Holtby is 9-0-1 his last 10. Expect the "stinginess" to carry over, as this one proves lower-scoring than many will be expecting. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Nov 18, 2019
Chiefs vs Chargers
+4 -110 at sportsbook
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I'm playing on LA. I sucessfully played against the Chiefs last week. At the time, I noted that the return of Mahomes wasn't going to fix the Chiefs' issues on defense, particularly against the run. Sure enough, that was the problem. The Titans scored 35 points and Derrick Henry (188 rush yards, 2 TDs) won me my week in Fantasy. The Chargers run the ball differently than the Titans but they too will be able to exploit the Chiefs' soft run defense. In the most recent meeting between these teams, a 29-28 win for the Chargers, LA had double as many yards on the ground, a 119-60 advantage. In fact, the Chargers also even threw for more yards in that game, while holding a solid edge in first downs and time of possession. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn played in Mexico as a player and that experience should prove helpful. Knowing what its like and with the Chargers having extra time off, due to playing on a Thursday last week, Lynn had them train in the high altitude of Colorado Springs for the week, to help prepare for the 7200 feet about sea level they'll deal with in Mexico City. Look for it to prove helpful, the Chargers coming away with AT LEAST the cover on Monday night. 


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.