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Burns is now 51-36 with his NBA totals in 2019. Off last night's college win, all basketball totals (pro and college) are now 68-45, a little better than 60%, for the 2019 calendar year.

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Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Nov 12, 2019
Oilers vs Sharks
-126 at pinnacle
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on SJ. Both teams have played well of late. The Oilers have won b2b games while the Sharks have won three straight. Playing at home and knowing they are looking up at the Oilers in the standings, I expect the Sharks to be the team which extends its winning streak. The Sharks are 49-31 in division games the past 2+ seasons. That includes four straight wins against these Oilers. While the Oilers are off a 6-2 win, they're just 16-22 (-8.9) the past couple of seasons, off a win by two or more goals. During that span, they're also an ugly 20-39 (-20.6) when off a divisional game overall. I say the Sharks continue their dominance in the series, for at least one more game. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Nov 12, 2019
Eastern Michigan vs Akron
+17 -105 at Bovada
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on AKRON. While the winless Zips are indeed large underdogs, this is their best chance at a victory. That said, I believe that they'll be taking it very seriously and ready to play with an extra level of desperation. The Eagles are just 1-4 SU/ATS in conference play themselves. They lost by 29 to Buffalo last time out. The same Buffalo team beat Akron by "only" 21. Note that all four of the Eagles' victories have come by seven points or less. Not surprisingly, they're 1-3 ATS when laying points. Going back further finds them at just 3-7 ATS the past 10 times that they were favored in the -10.5 to -21 range. Grab the points. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Nov 12, 2019
Knicks vs Bulls
OVER 213 -107 Won
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I'm playing on Chicago/NY OVER the total. These teams played a relatively low scoring game against each other at MSG but I'm expecting this evening's rematch to be higher-scoring. Note that we're working with a considerably lower O/U line than we were for the first meeting. The Bulls have scored a minimum of 112 points in two of their last three. They've also allowed a minimum of 117 in two of their last three. As for the Knicks, they've allowed each of their past five opponents to hit triple-digits. In their last game, the Knicks got blown out, despite being favored, by Cleveland. Thats only the fourth time the past 2+ seasons that the Knicks have lost by 15 more more, when listed as a favorite. After each of the previous three cases, their next game finished above the total. Look for this one to also prove higher-scoring than most will be expecting. 


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.