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YESTERDAY'S PLAYS
Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Feb 26, 2020
Virginia vs Virginia Tech
UNDER 114 -110 Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on Virginia/V-Tech UNDER the total. While this number may seem low, its now low enough. As per usual, Virginia is a dominant defensive team. The Cavs allow 52.7 ppg. When these teams met earlier, the O/U line was 111.5 and they combined for 104. The Hokies managed only 39 in that one. They have yet to hit 60 in any of their last three games against Virginia. V-Tech players had this to say of Virginia's defense. Jalen Cone: "It was definitely a blow in the face. Those guys were big. Very big. Those guys, they could guard the ball very well. It was shocking for all the freshmen." Wabissa Bede: "You think it's a good shot, but it's really a bad shot. It's just the shot they want you to take. You might be wide-open and there’d be like 27 seconds [left] on the shot clock, rather than keep going and you can wind them down like they do to everybody. They don't shoot until less than six seconds on the shot clock." Look for the Cavs to effectively slow the tempo once again, leading to the final combined score staying below the number once again. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Feb 26, 2020
Celtics vs Jazz
Jazz
-4½ -110 at Bovada
Lost
$110.0
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I'm playing on UTAH. Tough spot for the Celtics. After a hard-fought game against the Lakers on Sunday, they played at Portland last night. That makes this their third road game in the past four days. Don't expect the Jazz to show them any sympathy. The Jazz, 15-5 SU and 12-6-2 ATS against teams from the East, have dropped three straight and they got embarrassed last time out, losing by 20 to the Suns, right here in front of their home fans. That's inexcusable. Like the Pacers last night, who were also off an embarrassing loss, I expect the Jazz to respond with a huge effort. Note that the Jazz are a perfect 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS the past six times that they were off an upset loss by 15 or more, when they were a home favorite. They're also 15-8 ATS (17-6 SU) the past couple of seasons, after failing to cover three or more consecutive games. Knowing that they'll face these same Celtics, at Boston, on 3/6, look for the Jazz to take advantage of the favorable schedule and to take care of business on their home floor.

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Feb 26, 2020
Knicks vs Hornets
OVER 206½ -110 Won
$100
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I'm playing on NY/Charlotte OVER the total. This is a low O/U number and I feel that it'll prove to be too low. The Knicks last game produced 235 combined points. They've allowed at least 106 in four straight games and they allow an average of 113.4 ppg on the road on the season. The Hornets, meanwhile, allow 110.7 ppg at home. Last night, they gave up 119, at Indiana. The past few times that the Hornets played the second of b2b games, they allowed 119, 115 and 125. All those games finished above the total. Expect this one to do the same. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Feb 26, 2020
Rutgers vs Penn State
Penn State
-6 -108 at pinnacle
Lost
$108.0
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on PENN STATE. While I successfully played against the Nittany Lions in their last game, a 68-60 loss at Indiana, I'm coming right back with them in this one. Back at home and now off consecutive losses, the Lions are going to be in an angry mood. The fact that they already lost at Rutgers will only add to that. The Knights won their first road game of 2020, eking out a victory at Nebraska on 1/3. Since then, however, they've lost every single road game that they've played, going 0-5 SU in those games. In fact, that win at Nebraska was their only true road win all season. The bottom line is that the Knights are in the wrong place, at the wrong time. The last time that Penn State played a home game, after having lost their previous two or more, they hammered Ohio State by a score of 90-76. Expect another double-digit win this evening. 

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.