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

Jan 7, 2014 |
The Rockets hit the road for a four-game road trip at the end of this week.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
The Rockets hit the road for a four-game road trip at the end of this week.
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.

Lookahead spot

The Clemson Tigers need to be careful not to look past this Thursday’s home date with the Florida State Seminoles. Lurking behind FSU is a huge matchup with the Duke Blue Devils in the Littlejohn Coliseum Saturday.

The Tigers have stumbled against some of the tougher competition this season and a win over the Blue Devils could pave the way for a solid ACC run. However, Clemson needs to overcome a Seminoles squad that defeated Clemson three times last year – 1-2 ATS – including a 73-69 victory over the Tigers in the ACC tournament.

Letdown spot

The Chicago Blackhawks are trying to hang on to the Central Division lead but have come up short when trying to string wins together. Chicago has alternated wins and losses in its last six, heading into Wednesday’s home game against the Rangers, and have a busy weekend up ahead.

The Blackhawks have a monster matchup in Montreal Saturday night, then jump back on a plane to the Windy City to take on the Edmonton Oilers Sunday evening. Playing in Montreal is always a challenge, thanks to the lively crowds at the Bell Centre. Chicago runs the risk of taking the feisty Oilers lightly in a drastic change of scenery Sunday.

Schedule spot

The Houston Rockets fuel up the engines for an extended East Coast road trip. Western Conference teams have rolled their Eastern counterparts this season, however, those wins haven’t exactly produces pointspread profits.

Houston is 10-2 SU versus teams from the East but just 6-5-1 ATS. Those earnings shrink on the road, going 2-2 SU and ATS in Eastern venues heading into this trip. The Rockets visit the Atlanta Hawks Friday, the Washington Wizards Saturday, and Boston Celtics Monday, before heading to New Orleans to take on Western Conference rival New Orleans. Houston is only 8-8 ATS on the road overall this season.
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