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

Dec 16, 2013 |
The red-hot Dolphins could get cooled off by the winter weather in Buffalo.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
The red-hot Dolphins could get cooled off by the winter weather in Buffalo.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
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.

Letdown spot

The Miami Dolphins did what the Cleveland Browns couldn’t Sunday, and that was keep Tom Brady and the Patriots from snatching victory from the clutches of defeat. The Dolphins hung tough in the final seconds with Brady & Co. knocking at the door, winning their third straight game and making a serious push at an AFC Wild Card spot.

The red-hot Fins could have the freeze put on that winning streak at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday, where they face the Buffalo Bills. The forecast for Sunday is calling for snow, wind and temperatures dipping into the 20’s. The Bills are 5-1 ATS in Buffalo and already have a win over Miami – 23-21 in Week 7.

Lookahead spot

The Montreal Canadiens have let their share of the Atlantic Division lead slip away with three losses in their last four games and hit the highway for six straight games, starting with a massive non-conference showdown in St. Louis Thursday night. This stretch spans the holidays, so players are trying to get their Christmas affairs in order before leaving this week.

However, in the hustle and bustle of those plans hide the Phoenix Coyotes. The Habs, who are coming off a stunning 2-1 defeat at the hands of the lowly Florida Panthers Sunday, run the risk of looking past Phoenix Tuesday night. The Coyotes have picked up points in four of their last five road games and open a four-game away stretch in Montreal before coming home after the finale on Dec. 23.

Schedule spot

The Toronto Raptors have a pretty light week after the heavy drama of the past seven days. The Raptors, fresh of shedding Rudy Gay’s contract from their books, have a lone home game against Charlotte Wednesday before kicking off a four-game road trip in Dallas Saturday. Toronto then plays Oklahoma City and San Antonio – three games in four nights – before the Xmas break.

After dealing Gay to the Sacramento Kings for scraps, many north of the border are pushing for the Raptors to give up on the season and tank, in hopes of landing the No. 1 overall pick. That’s projected to be Toronto’s own Andrew Wiggins – perhaps the only superstar who would actually like to play for the Raptors. No one would blame Toronto for going 0-3 on this Western run, especially not die-hard Raptors fans.
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