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

Dec 4, 2012 |
The Chiefs take their heavy hearts to Cleveland as 5.5-point road underdogs.
The Chiefs take their heavy hearts to Cleveland as 5.5-point road underdogs.
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

Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns (-5.5, 37.5)

The Chiefs went through more emotions than any team should ever have to this past weekend, following the murder-suicide committed by LB Jovan Belcher Saturday. Kansas City then bravely stepped onto the field and beat Carolina for just its second win of the season 24 hours later.

The Chiefs take their heavy hearts to Cleveland in Week 14 but while they leave the media blitz behind them, the chilling details surrounding the incident are inescapable. No one will blame Kansas City if it just doesn’t feel like playing football this weekend.

Look-ahead spot

New York at Charlotte Bobcats

The Knicks take a major step up in competition Thursday night, facing the defending champion Miami Heat just a night removed from playing the lowly Charlotte Bobcats – two teams separated by 39 wins last season. New York travels to Charlotte Wednesday on a three-game winning streak, going 2-1 ATS in that span.

The Knicks have been one of the better NBA bets this season, owning an 11-5 ATS mark to start the year. However, a good chunk of those paydays have come at home (6-1 ATS). The game versus the Bobcats kicks off a three-stop road trip which ends in Chicago Saturday. Charlotte, for all its issues, has already equaled last year’s win total and split against the spread versus N.Y. last season.

Schedule spot

Long Beach State better have packed the winter coats and mitts for its upcoming road swing. The 49ers played at home in sunny California Monday, then travel to Upstate New York to take on the No. 4 Syracuse Orange Thursday, before hustling off to Columbus to face the No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday. Long Beach State was hoping to head out on a high note but lost 64-59 to Fresno State at home Monday night, despite topping the Bulldogs 69-61 in the Save Mart Center on Nov. 25.

By the time the 49ers return from Ohio, they will have played just one home tilt in the past six outings. Looking even further down the road, LBSU hosts Div. II BYU-Hawaii on Dec. 15 then heads to Pauley Pavilion to visit UCLA on Dec. 19. Long Beach State has played three teams from major conferences already this season, losing SU and ATS to USC, North Carolina and Arizona.
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