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

Apr 10, 2013 |
The First Niagara Center crowd hasn't been too kind to the Buffalo Sabres.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
The First Niagara Center crowd hasn't been too kind to the Buffalo Sabres.
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 Baltimore Orioles wrap up a three-game set with the Boston Red Sox Thursday before a much-anticipated rematch with the New York Yankees, starting Friday. New York knocked Baltimore out of the playoffs in the AL Divisional Series last fall and will march ace C.C. Sabathia - 0-2 with a 6.38 ERA in three starts vs. the O’s in 2012 – to the bump for Friday’s opener.

Baltimore will already have its bags packed for that trip to the Big Apple when its faces Boston righty Alfredo Aceves Thursday. Aceves is a reliever-turned-starter due to the injury to John Lackey but has a stellar record versus the Orioles, going 5-2 with 2.38 ERA for his career.

Letdown spot

The Chicago Bulls are trying to charge their way into a Top 4 playoff spot and avoid starting on the road in the opening round. Chicago hosts the streaking New York Knicks Thursday, hoping to snap the Knicks’ 13-game winning streak (12-1 ATS). And if one team knows a thing or two about snapping streaks, it’s the Bulls, who halted the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning run last month.

Following that huge home game, Chicago hits the road to face the lowly Toronto Raptors Friday. The Bulls fell to the Raptors, 101-98 as 3.5-point home favorites, Tuesday and have failed to cover in both meetings with Toronto this season. In fact, Chicago is 1-6 ATS in its last seven clashes with the Raps.

Schedule spot

The Buffalo Sabres have a nasty love-hate relationship brewing with the Buffalo faithful, with fans booing their team in a recent home win over the New Jersey Devils. Forward Steve Ott blasted the crowd on local radio, saying that this happens far too often and that he’s never seen anything like it outside of the First Niagara Center.

The Sabres open up a three-game, four-night stand versus the Montreal Canadiens Thursday, then welcome Philadelphia Saturday and Tampa Bay on Sunday. Buffalo is 8-7-2-1 as a host this year, scoring 2.61 goals for and allowing 2.94 goals against per home game.
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