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

May 13, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Eagles play three games in 10 days to start the season.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
The Philadelphia Eagles play three games in 10 days to start the season.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
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.

Lookahead spot

The Toronto Blue Jays are one of the biggest disappointments in all of sports this year, posting a 15-24 record and burning -10.10 units heading into this week, after making so many big-name moves this offseason. However, Toronto took two of three versus the Red Sox over the weekend and can do more damage in the AL East during an upcoming trip to New York.

Before the Blue Jays battle in the Bronx, they host the San Francisco Giants for a two-game interleague set starting Tuesday. It’s not often teams overlook the defending World Series champs but this series means little to the Jays when it comes to climbing the division ladder. Expect Toronto to already have its bags packed for the Big Apple and suffer a lookahead spot versus San Francisco.

Letdown spot

Every sport has its All-Star game and NASCAR is no exception. The Sprint Cup Series heads home to Charlotte Motor Speedway for Sunday’s celebration of stock car racing’s finest. Winners from this year and last season as well as wild cards from the Sprint Showdown race and fan vote compete for a $1 million Grand Prize. While a cool milli would be nice, one driver that isn’t getting up for the All-Star festivities is Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson.

The No. 48 car holds a hefty 44-point edge over Carl Edwards and is more concerned about protecting that buffer and preparing for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte the following weekend. Johnson won the All-Star Race last spring and is expected to use this weekend’s event as trial and error for when it really counts as well as a chance to catch his breath before the summer schedule heats up.

Schedule spot

With early game spreads and season win totals already on the board, May is the unofficial start of the NFL season for football bettors. And while there is still four and a half months before the schedule starts, the Philadelphia Eagles will need all that time to learn new head coach Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense and prepare for a busy opening slate.

The Eagles, whose win total is set at seven, kick of 2013 with three games in 10 days. Philadelphia opens at Washington on Monday Night Football in Week 1 (+4.5), hosts the San Diego Chargers in Week 2 (-2.5), and welcomes the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football (-3) in Week 3. Philadelphia faced a similar run last year, playing four games in 18 days between Weeks 12 and 15, going 1-3 SU and 2-2 ATS. The frantic start to the 2013 schedule leaves the Eagles little time to ease into a revamped game plan.
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