Don’t dare let these three spot bet opportunities pass you by


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Spot bets are classic handicapping practices that have proven profitable no matter what sport you’re betting. Whether it’s a team looking past this week’s opponent, one coming off a hard-fought victory, or a rough patch of schedule, bettors can find value picking their spots. Covers Expert Ben Burns highlights some of the situational wagers he’s watching this week:

Letdown spot

On March 3, the Vanderbilt Commodores will host archival Tennessee. It’s always a big game when these instate rivals get together and this game also marks the Commodores’ last home game. Off such an emotional game, and having faced Florida and Kentucky before that, it may be easy to suffer a letdown for a road game against Texas A&M. 

After this season’s earlier meeting against the Vols, Vanderbilt got blown out in its next game. On the other side of the court, the Aggies should be fired up as they’ll be playing their final home game while looking to avenge their worst loss of the season. Take a look at the Aggies in their final game. 
 
Lookahead spot

On Sunday afternoon, the Wizards will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. They’ve played the Cavs tough this season (1-1 SU/2-0 ATS) and will be looking to do so again. First, however, they’ve got a date with the lowly 76ers in Philadelphia Friday night. 

Having beaten the Sixers three straight and seven of eight times, including a 12-point win at the beginning of February, they could easily get caught looking ahead to Sunday’s big game. The 76ers have been mostly competitive in recent weeks (10-5 ATS in their last 15 entering Tuesday’s game vs. Orlando) and are worth a look Friday night. 
 
Schedule spot

Back on January 7, the Siena Saints hammered the Fairfield Stags by 15 points at home. On Wednesday, Fairfield will host Siena, aiming for some payback. Off five straight wins, the Stags (10-4 at home) are playing better now than they were in the previous meeting. This is their final home game of the regular season, so they’ll be motivated for a big performance. 

The Saints (8-8 on the road) are off an emotional loss versus rival Iona and have their final home game of the season on deck. The Stags may be slight underdogs for this one but with the schedule in their favor, I like their chances of rewarding the faithful with a victory. Consider Fairfield Wednesday.

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