See spot, see spot bet: This week's best spot bet opportunities

Dec 18, 2012 |
Cincinnati is just 2-7 ATS following the "Crosstown Shootout" since 2002.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Cincinnati is just 2-7 ATS following the "Crosstown Shootout" since 2002.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Spot bets are a classic handicapping practice that has proven profitability 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.

Here’s a look at some possible spot bet opportunities this week:

Letdown spot

College basketball suffered one of its uglier on-court moments last December when the “Crosstown Shootout” between Cincinnati and Xavier turned into an all-out brawl. Multiple players on both sides were suspended and the event was moved to a neutral site for the next two years.

The Bearcats and Musketeers face each other for the first time since the melee at the U. S. Bank Arena Wednesday night and emotions will be running high. Cincinnati has lost four of the last five matchups with Xavier but come in ranked 11th in the nation.

Keep an eye on Cincy's game right after the “Crosstown Shootout”. An emotionally-exhausted Cincinnati  team is 5-5 SU and 2-7 ATS after playing Xavier since 2002. Oddly enough, the only SU and ATS win during that span was last year, defeating Wright State by 20 points with only nine players dressed. The Bearcats take on the Raiders again this Saturday, just three days after the “Crosstown Shootout”.

Look-ahead spot

The traditional look-ahead spot involves a game coming up on this year’s schedule, not one that opens next year’s slate.

However, Washington and Boise State will be scouting in preparation for their 2013 season-opening opponent – each other. Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl is a Week 1 preview for the Huskies and Broncos, who open next year’s schedule at Washington on Aug. 31.

“I think it can become one of those classic rivalries that get set up,” UW head coach Steve Sarkisian told the media. “Everybody loves a good rematch, you know? Somebody’s going to win and somebody’s going to lose this first one. Then we are going to come back nine months later to see who can win the second one.”

Schedule spot

The Utah Jazz are putting Santa miles on their sleigh this week, playing four road games in six nights before a Christmas break.

Utah is in Brooklyn Tuesday before playing in Indiana Wednesday, in Miami Saturday and wrapping up the trek in Orlando Sunday. The Jazz, one of the best home bets in the NBA, are a bunch of Scooges on the road. Utah is just 4-10 SU and 4-9-1 ATS when coming down opponents’ chimneys this season.

Add to those road troubles the pressures of planning the holidays while living out of a suitcase. Utah will get home late on Dec. 23 and have a couple days off before facing Golden State at home on Dec. 26.
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