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

Mar 11, 2013 |
Baylor gave Oklahoma State a tough time in both meetings this season.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Baylor gave Oklahoma State a tough time in both meetings this 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

Oklahoma State is going dancing regardless of what happens in the Big 12 tournament. The Cowboys, who earned a No. 3 seed in the conference postseason, went 23-7 SU and 15-12-2 ATS with a big win over Kansas State to close the schedule. Those two Big 12 rivals, who split their meetings this season, are slotted for a rubber match in the semifinals of the conference tournament.

But before the Pokes start sizing up the Wildcats, they have to get past pesky Baylor in Kansas City Thursday. The Bears are still battling for their NCAA lives and scored a massive win over Kansas in the season finale. Baylor has given Oklahoma State problems all year. It defeated the Cowboys 64-54 as a 4.5-point home favorite on Jan. 21 and lost 69-67 to OSU in overtime as a 6.5-point road underdog on Feb. 6.

Letdown spot

The Dallas Mavericks are hanging on for dear life in the Western Conference. After sliding back to 10th in the standings, and out of the playoff picture, the Mavericks have dusted themselves off with three straight wins heading into a busy slate of games this week, highlighted by Thursday’s showdown in San Antonio.

A win over the conference-leading Spurs would be a major boost to Dallas’ postseason hopes heading into the home stretch of the schedule. The Mavericks follow that high-pressure situation in San Antonio with a home date against the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday – a game that has both letdown and lookahead potential. Dallas hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday.

Schedule spot

The Boston Bruins have a busy schedule this week, starting in Canada’s capital Monday night. The Bruins open a stretch of five games in seven days on the road versus the Ottawa Senators, then travel to the Steel City to play the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday.

Boston is back home for two more games, versus the Florida Panthers Thursday and Washington Capitals Saturday, before traveling back to Pittsburgh for another road contests versus Sidney Crosby and the Pens Sunday. Looking beyond that seven-day slate, the Bruins play six of their next eight away from Beantown, starting Monday.
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