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

Apr 22, 2013 |
Boston has a furious finish to the NHL season with four games in six nights.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Boston has a furious finish to the NHL season with four games in six nights.
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

Heat passing the Bucks

The Miami Heat displayed why they’re the top team in the NBA and shut up Brandon Jennings in the process, knocking around the Milwaukee Bucks for a 110-87 win in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Sunday. The Heat host Game 2 Tuesday night and the results are expected to be the same, if the monstrous Miami moneylines are any indication.

The series swings to Milwaukee Thursday and, if everything goes according to plan, Miami could be looking ahead to its second-round opponent before the Bucks are even in the bag. The Bucks were able to steal a game against the Heat at home back in late December, winning 104-85 and forced 22 turnovers in that upset. Miami coughed the ball up 19 times in Game 1 against a Milwaukee defense that forces 16 turnovers per game - most in the NBA.

Letdown spot

Cubs go soft in South Beach

The Chicago Cubs are currently battling the National League Central-leading Cincinnati Reds in a three-game road series, which finishes up with a matinee Wednesday. Heading into the series, the Cubbies have lost four in a row to the Reds, dating back to last season, and have just one win in their last 10 meetings with Cincy. Looking back long term, Chicago is 16-36 SU in its last 52 games with Cincinnati.

Following that grinder with the Reds, the Cubs welcome the warm weather in South Beach for a four-game stop to play the lowly Miami Marlins. The road hasn’t been kind to Cubs bettors this month. The team is 2-7 SU away from Wrigley heading into the week. Chicago made a similar stop in Miami around this time last April, going 0-3 versus the Marlins coming off a tough series with St. Louis.

Schedule spot

Bruins' furious finish

Now that life is starting to get back to normal in the Boston area, the Bruins can refocus on the playoff push in the final week of the regular season. The schedule makers haven’t made it easy for Boston, sticking the Bruins with four games in the final six days to close the year, two of which come on the road.

Boston kicks off this stretch at Philadelphia Tuesday against a Flyers team that would love to spoil the B’s playoff positioning. The Bruins are home to Tampa Bay Thursday, back on the road at red-hot Washington Friday and finish up versus Ottawa at home Sunday. Boston has just one win in its last five outings and is holding off Montreal for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
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