Spot bets are a classic handicapping practice 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.
The Montreal Alouettes opened the 2013 CFL season with high hopes and +400 odds of winning their first Grey Cup since 2010. Things haven’t gone as planned for the Als, who head into Week 5’s encounter with the Edmonton Eskimos at 1-3 SU on the year and set as 5-point favorites. Montreal’s offense is at the bottom of the CFL barrel, averaging just 275.2 yards per game – most noticeably the rushing attack which has stammered for an average of 67 yards.
The Als have some serious tinkering to do on their bye week, which so happens to follow this Thursday’s home game. New head coach Dan Hawkins is feeling the pressure and a break would allow him to re-think his game plan - or career path. His players are also feeling the crunch and could be miles away – mentally - from Percival Molson Memorial Stadium with some vacation around the corner.
Don’t give the Baltimore Ravens any extra motivation. You never know what could happen. Last year, Ray Lewis’ swan song carried the club to a Super Bowl. Now, everybody and their dog are banking on a Baltimore downgrade in 2013. But the club can prove them wrong with a strong showing versus the Broncos – this year’s Super Bowl fave – in the Week 1 opener.
Win or lose that Thursday Night Football matchup, the Ravens are ripe for a letdown at home hosting the Cleveland Browns in Week 2. Early odds have Baltimore set as a 7.5-point favorite coming off an emotional season opener, on a night when it will celebrate its Super Bowl title. The Ravens were 3.5-point chalk in both meetings with Cleveland last year, covering in each game.
The mish-mash MLB interleague schedule marches on with random matchups each week. Over bettors are licking their chops with the upcoming AL-versus-NL battle between the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies – the top two over teams in the majors. Combined, the Tigers and Phillies are 105-88-3 over/under as of Monday, topping the total in more than 54 percent of their games.
Philadelphia comes to the Motor City for three games, starting Friday. The teams haven’t met in interleague play since 2007, when they played over the number in two of three games at Philadelphia. So far in 2013, Detroit has gone 6-3 over/under versus NL foes while Philadelphia is 7-10 over/under in interleague play.