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Ben Burns was a SWEET 6-1 overall on Saturday, highlighted by a PERFECT 6-0 "SWEEP" with top-rated plays. With yesterday's trio of winners, Burns is now 19-10-1 ATS with his L30 CBB selections - RIDE THE WAVE!
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Burns' last top rated NHL "side" resulted in a 7-0 WINNER. If you ACT FAST, his latest is yours for **1/2 PRICE.**Opportunity is knocking. Seize the moment!

*This package includes 1 NHL Money Line pick

GAME OF THE WEEK **6-1/86% IN 2017 WITH NBA GOW/GOM/GOY PLAYS!

Many know that Ben Burns is a SICK 10-2/83% YTD with this season's CBB "GAME OF THE WEEK" tickets. Did you know that he's ALSO hitting a WHITE HOT 86% IN 2017 with his NBA "GOW/GOM/GOY" releases? He's 3-1 with this year's G.O.W. plays & 2017 has already see Ben connect with his #1 G.O.Y. & both his JAN/FEB G.O.M. plays. Here's this week's #1 SIDE!

*This package includes 1 NBA Spread pick

**10** CBB BLOODBATH ~ PERFECT 6-0 L6 TOP PLAYS!

If you thought Friday's 30-POINT WINNER on Cal was a BURIAL, or if you enjoyed cashing Saturday's "BLOODBATH" on Portland State, part of a PERFECT 6-0 SWEEP with top rated plays, wait until you see what Ben Burns has lined up here. Burns says that this game sets up for nothing less than another ONE-SIDED DESTRUCTION. Don't even consider missing it!

*This package includes 1 NCAA-B Spread pick

YESTERDAY'S PLAYS
Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Feb 25, 2017
Northern Arizona vs Portland State
Portland State
-10½ -110 at betonline
Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on PORTLAND STATE 10* BLOODBATH. I expect a motivated Vikings team to keep the pedal to the metal the entire way here. Not only are they playing with 'revenge' from an earlier loss at Northern Iowa but this marks the Vikings' final game at Peter W. Stott Center's main gym, as the entire complex is being remodeled and renovated. (Next year, the team will play at Viking Pavilion.) They'll want to close things out here with a big win, as they recognize five seniors who are playing their last game here. Northern Arizona averages 69 ppg on the road, going 3-14. On the other hand, Portland State averages 90.2 ppg here at home, going 9-3. Payback time. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Feb 25, 2017
UCLA vs Arizona
UCLA
+1½ -110 at 5Dimes
Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on UCLA 10* BEST BET. The Bruins are 27-13 ATS the last 40 times that they were listed as road underdogs (or pick) of three or fewer points. They won 23 of those games outright. They'll be looking to avenge a loss at UCLA, their only home loss, and I like their chances of another "upset" there. There was some initial talk that Ball might not play but as of this writing, it appears he'll be good to go. While the Cats score 78 ppg at home, the Bruins score 88 ppg on the road. While we have to go back some time, note that the Cats are just 5-10 ATS the last 15 times that they were listed as home favorites of three or fewer points. I'm backing the Bruins.

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Feb 25, 2017
Hornets vs Kings
Hornets
-2½ -107 at betonline
Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on CHARLOTTE 10* PERS FAV. The Kings got the post-Cousins era started with a victory. It remains to be seen what the long-term impact of Cousins' departure will be. Undoubtedly, he was extremely talented. The Kings weren't able to surround him with much though and still didn't win with him. Sometimes, a fresh start is best for all. Either way, however, this is a team still likely to struggle down the stretch. The Kings, already without Gay for the season, simply don't have much. This is a team that Charlotte can't afford to lose against. Not when the Kings already beat them last month. At the time, the Hornets were in the midst of a losing streak and off a hard fought loss against the Knicks the previous day. Cousins torched them for 35 points and 18 rebounds. This time, they're in the midst of another losing streak and off another hard-fought loss. However, this time, they had yesterday off and this time they won't have to contend with Cousins. Payback time. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Feb 25, 2017
Sharks vs Canucks
Canucks
+1½ -175 at GTBets
Lost
$175.0
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing VANCOUVER on the puck-line. (+1.5 goals) 8* PREDATOR. With the Sharks healthy favorites on the money-line, we're able to get what should be a desperate Vancouver team at a relatively reasonable price, relative to the value of an extra +1.5 goals, on the puck-line. Both teams have been off for some time. In fact, neither has played since 2.19. That may benefit Vancouver, given that SJ is only 6-11 vs. the money-line its past 17, when playing with three or more day's rest. This season, they've played just one road game, after having three or more day's rest. That one (at Anaheim on 12/27) resulted in a 1-goal victory. So, they would be 0-1, if asked to lay -1.5 goals in road games, when playing with three or more days rest. While the Sharks have seen three of their last five overall decided by a single goal, the Canucks are off three straight 1-goal games. I'm grabbing the extra +1.5 goals. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Feb 25, 2017
Islanders vs Blue Jackets
Blue Jackets
-144 at betonline
Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on COLUMBUS 10* GAME OF WEEK. The Isles have won three in a row. History, recent or long-term, suggests that they won't make it four in a row. The Isles have had four previous 3-game winning streaks this season. In each instance, they lost the next game. Note that they gave up 18 combined goals in those four games, too. Going back further finds them at 11-21 (-16.4) the past few seasons, off three or more consecutive wins. Going back still further finds them at a money-burning 40-76 (-45.3) in that situation. The well-rested Jackets will be motivated by the fact that they're off a loss last time out and by the fact that the Isles beat them earlier. They're 6-0 when playing with three or more day's rest in between games and 17-9 when attempting to avenge an earlier loss. With the Isles still 9-17 on the road and the Jackets still 21-10 at home, this line could easily be higher. Payback time. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Feb 25, 2017
Northern Illinois vs Eastern Michigan
Eastern Michigan
-4½ -110 at BMaker
Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on EMU 10* BREAKFAST CLUB. The Huskies won by 12 points when these teams met at NIU a few weeks ago. That game marked the beginning of what has turned out to be a dismal (winless) February for Eastern Michigan. Playing their final home game of the month, where they should be able to more effectively dicate the tempo, I expect a motivated Eagles team to exact some revenge this afternoon. While the Eagles score a healthy 85.8 ppg at home, the Huskies score a mere 66.2 ppg on the road. The Eagles are 7-3 ATS (8-2 SU) the last 10 times that they were favored at home in the -3.5 to -6 range. Payback time. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Feb 25, 2017
Nets vs Warriors
UNDER 232 -110 Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on GS/Brooklyn to finish UNDER the total 10* TOTAL OF MONTH. Obviously, the Warriors are extremely heavy favorites. They're sure to put up a fairly big number. However, the same cannot be expected of the Nets. The Warriors have held them to 101 or fewer points in each of the past three meetings and they'll be looking for a strong defensive performance again tonight. Note that those three games had scores of 218, 212 and 206, (117-101, 114-98, 107-99) not even close to the big total that we're seeing here. This marks just the third time that the Warriors were laying greater than 18 points. The previous two instances (vs. Sacramento and vs. Chicago) both saw them dominate defensively, as they allowed 86 and 92 points. Those two games stayed below the number by an average of 19 points. Look for this one to also prove lower-scoring than expected. *TOM

PICKS IN PROGRESS
Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Feb 26, 2017
Grizzlies vs Nuggets
UNDER 216 -108 Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on Memphis and Denver to finish UNDER the total 10* BEST BET. I'm well aware that the Nuggets have been a very profitable 'over' team this season. I'm also aware that they've been involved in some high-scoring games of late. Those results have helped to drive today's O/U line up. For a game against Memphis, I believe that it'll prove to have gone up too high. Memphis games average 200.3 combined points this season. Entering today's action, the Grizzlies are one of only three teams in the league which allows less than 100 ppg. The other two are Utah and San Antonio. They're also second best (behind GS) in terms of opposing team's shooting percentage. Needless to say, the Grizzlies will represent a significant step up in defensive class for the Nuggets, as Denver is off a game against Brooklyn, the worst defensive team (in terms of points allowed) in the league. Look for this one to prove a little lower-scoring than many will be expecting, the UNDER improving to 35-21 the last 56 times that the Grizzlies faced a team which scores 106 or more ppg. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Feb 26, 2017
Middle Tennessee vs UAB
UAB
+5½ -110 at betonline
Won
$100
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on UAB 10* BREAKFAST CLUB. The Blue Raiders have had the better season and come in as the hotter team. I feel that this will be a good spot for the Blazers though and I expect them to give us their very best effort. The Raiders are playing their third consecutive road game. Its the first/only time this season that they will have played three straight "true" road games. Though they still haven't officially clinched the conference title, its a done deal. After this, the Raiders will host FIU and FAU, to close out the season. Considering that those teams are currently a combined 5-22 on the road, the Raiders know that they will have no trouble wrapping up top seed in the conference, even if they slipped up this afternoon.

Off three straight losses but still a solid 10-3 (6-3 SU/ATS in home lined games) at home, the Blazers could desperately use a big win. I believe that this game will mean more to them than it does to their guests. They've already beaten the likes of LA Tech and Rice, currently #2 and #3 in the conference, and with a 4-1 SU/ATS record the last five times that they were a host in this series, they're going to come in believing that they're capable of scoring the upset.

Like MTSU, the Blazers also host FIU and FAU in their final two games. So, they've got a chance to turn things around and to enter the conf. tourney on a high. They're 2-0 SU/ATS the past couple of seasons, off three straight losses, going an impressive 18-7 their last 25 in that situation. I'm expecting their best effort to lead to AT LEAST a cover. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Feb 26, 2017
Rider vs Quinnipiac
Quinnipiac
+1 -110 at betonline
Lost
$110.0
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on QUINNIPIAC 10* MOTIVATIONAL MISMATCH. I've recently won with Rider and have recently successfully played against Quinnipiac. However, in each of those instances, I was playing on a revenge-minded home team, which was playing its fiinal home game. Today, the shoe is on the other foot. Its the Bobcats which will be playing with revenge and the Bobcats which will be playing their final home game. Though the Bobcats already know they'll be the #8 seed in the MAAC tourney, I believe they're going to be extremely motivated to close out the regular season with a win. They badly want to snap their losing streak, a win here will get them back to .500 at home and avenge the earlier "track meet" loss (112-107) at Rider. Also, the Bobcats will honor seniors Harris, Chigha and Smith before the game and would really like to send them out as winners. Look for them to do just that, the Broncs falling to 2-6 ATS the last eight times that they were road favorites of three or less. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Feb 26, 2017
Flames vs Hurricanes
UNDER 5½ -119 Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on Calgary and Carolina to finish UNDER the total 10* ANNIHILATOR. While we have to lay some extra juice to play at 5.5, I feel that it will be worthwhile to do so. The Flames have seen the UNDER go 52-28 the past 80 times that the played a road game with an O/U line of 5.5. During the same stretch, the UNDER is a profitable 28-9 when the Hurricanes played a home game with an O/U line of 5.5. This season, Calgary road games average 5.1 combined goals while Carolina home games average 5.3 combined goals. The Canes are playing the final leg of a 5-game home-stand. The first four games have ALL produced four or fewer combined goals. Those games had scores of 2-1, 4-0, 3-1 and 3-0. Expect another relatively low-scoring affair.

SERVICE BIO

Age: 42

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.