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 Wyoming Cowboys aren’t supposed to be dancing this March but an upset run in the Mountain West Conference tournament burst plenty of bubbles and has Wyoming sitting as an always dangerous No. 12 seed, taking on No. 5 Northern Iowa in the Round of 64. While the 12-over-5 upset produced three stunners last March, bettors may be safe with the higher seed in this matchup.

The Cowboys run the risk of a massive letdown in their tournament opener. We’ve seen teams come off surprise runs in their conference tournament and get crushed in the NCAA, thanks to a sense of accomplishment and just being “happy” to be here. Oddsmakers opened Wyoming as a 7-point underdog and that line has been trimmed to +6, with the market reacting to previous No. 12 shockers.

Lookahead spot

The New Orleans Pelicans are currently eighth in the Western Conference, just barely edging the Oklahoma City Thunder for the final postseason spot. New Orleans has a huge week with road games at Golden State and Los Angeles, but before then must travel to Phoenix to face the Suns Thursday night.

The Pelicans are three and a half games up on the Suns in the West standings and could get caught looking ahead to the Warriors and Clippers. New Orleans has lost four of its last five games versus Phoenix, most recently beating the Suns 110-106 at home in December. The home team has covered in each of the past four meetings between these Western rivals.

Schedule spot

The Rhode Island Rams knocked off the Iona Gaels in the opening round of the NIT Tuesday night, winning 88-75 as 7-point home favorites. But they don’t have much time to celebrate that victory, and will be busy packing for a cross-country trip to play Stanford in the second round Friday.

Rhode Island travels to Palo Alto with a 7-4 SU and 5-6 ATS record on the road. Not only will the Rams have to deal with a long flight from coast to coast but also battle the clock in California, which is three-hour time difference. There was a chance that this game could have been played at the Ryan Center, since Stanford is hosting women’s tournament games. However, organizers have found a time slot – since TBA – which will come at night.


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