See spot. See spot bet: This week’s best spot bet opportunities


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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 points out his favorites:

Letdown spot

The Washington Wizards smacked the Toronto Raptors in the mouth, knocking off their higher-seeded opponents in four straight games in the opening round of the NBA Playoffs. The Wizards covered in all four games, winning by an average margin of 14 points including a 125-94 blowout win in Game 4. That series sweep adds to a winning 9-3 SU stretch going back to the regular season, in which Washington is 9-1-2 ATS.

But all that momentum could be cooling like a pie on a windowsill with the rest of the Eastern Conference playoff picture taking its sweet time. The Wizards are waiting for their Round 2 opponents, which will be either Atlanta – if the Hawks can finish off the Nets – or Cleveland. Atlanta is 2-2 in its series with Brooklyn, so Washington is going to be on the back burner for a few more days. Whoever it is, they’ll face a Wizards team ripe for a letdown after such a long layoff.

Lookahead spot

The Toronto Blue Jays are counting down the days until they can jump back across the border. Toronto opened a 10-game road trip with four straight losses heading into Tuesday night, totaling only 11 runs in that stretch for an average of just 2.75 runs per game. The Jays are hitting .271 for 5.6 runs per home game but managing to hit just .220 away from the Rogers Centre.

This road run takes Toronto from Tampa Bay (where it was swept 0-3) to Boston, and then to Cleveland for four games starting Thursday. The Blue Jays run the risk of looking ahead to a return home on Monday and a huge AL East showdown with the New York Yankees.

Schedule spot

NFL odds come out earlier and earlier every year. And while it may not be the sharpest play to tie up your money on games in November and December, you can find some solid value playing early spreads for the first few weeks of the schedule. Like San Francisco’s cross-country hike to Pittsburgh in Week 2.

The Niners have been fade bait since falling apart midway through last year and offseason issues along with the shuffling of head coaches has them dropping further out of favor with football bettors. San Francisco is in Heinz Field as a 2.5-point underdog for an early 1 p.m. ET kickoff – a 10 a.m. start back in the Bay Area – and a tough schedule spot early into the new season.


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