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

Oct 28, 2013 |
Dez Bryant's antics overshadowed his two touchdowns Sunday.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Dez Bryant's antics overshadowed his two touchdowns Sunday.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Spot bets are classic handicapping practices 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

Let’s for a second forget about what went on with the Dallas Cowboys in Detroit this past Sunday. Let’s erase the crushing last-second loss to the Lions and Dez Bryant’s poisonous tantrums on the sideline that nearly had Jason Witten – the NFL’s Man of the Year – ready to rip the Cowboys’ diva WR a new one. All that wiped clean, Dallas finds itself in a huge lookahead spot facing the Minnesota Vikings in Week 9.

The Cowboys have a big-time litmus tests on the road against New Orleans on Sunday Night Football in Week 10, a real chance to see where the team stacks up amongst the NFC contenders. With that prime time trip to the Big Easy hanging over its head, Dallas could find itself in trouble as a home favorite versus the Vikes. Now, pile all that other stuff mentioned above back on the ‘Boys. Yikes.

Letdown spot

One of the biggest upsets in Week 9 of the college football schedule went pretty much unnoticed Friday night. The C-USA was shaken as the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders shocked the Marshall Thundering Herd, 51-49 on a last-second TD catch from Tavarres Jefferson, winning outright as 10-point home underdogs.

The Blue Raiders snapped a three-game losing skid and now head to UAB to take on the 2-5 Blazers as 4.5-point road chalk Saturday. Middle Tennessee is 1-3 SU and ATS away from Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium this year and faces a UAB squad playing at home for just the second time in five games. The Blazers can put up points, averaging 29.3 on the season, and won’t roll over for a MTU program still glowing from its Week 9 win.

Schedule spot

Being the defending NBA champs is tough work. Not only are expectations high – on the court and at the sportsbook – but you have a big target on your back to open the year. The Miami Heat run a tough opening stretch of schedule to kick off the 2013-14 campaign, starting with a home date versus Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls Tuesday.

Defending NBA title winners have struggled to cover in their opening games over the past 11 seasons – 4-7 ATS – and following Tuesday's debut, Miami hits the bricks for road games in Philadelphia and Brooklyn before coming back to South Beach to host Washington Sunday. The Heat will have played four games in six days with travel in between, a tough task for any team to start the season.
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