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.
The SEC pecking order goes like this: Alabama and everyone else. Among “everyone else” are Georgia and LSU, who clash in a Week 5 contest that will likely eliminate one of these pigskin powers from the BCS conversation. Books have the Bulldogs as 4.5-point home favorites. Georgia has one of the toughest opening schedules in the land, taking on Clemson (-2.5) and South Carolina (-5) in the first two games of the season.
Sandwiched between those tests, a Week 3 bye and the LSU game are the lowly North Texas Mean Green in Week 4. North Texas went just 4-8 SU last year and moves from the Sun Belt to the C-USA in 2013. The Mean Green have been just good enough to cover the spread against some heavyweights the past few years, taking ATS wins versus LSU, Alabama and Clemson. UGA will be giving a pile of points and undoubtedly looking past North Texas to LSU the following week.
It’s been a rough offseason for the Super Bowl favorites. The Denver Broncos have had one of the more drama filled summers, with DUIs, possible suspensions and injuries to the offensive line slowing the team’s progress. It’s that last one that has the Broncos worried the most and could be the reason why Peyton Manning doesn’t touch a football this preseason.
Denver, which was already dealing with injuries to the o-line, lost starting center Dan Koppen for the season and is scrambling to fill gaps in its pass protection. According to ESPN, the team won’t risk throwing Manning to the wolves during exhibition games, especially in the Broncos’ preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers Thursday (+3). Backup Brock Osweiler could get extra snaps in the warmup games with Denver trying to keep Manning clean and healthy for Week 1.
The Los Angeles Sparks are one of the worst road bets in the WNBA and are currently in the midst of a five-game away trek, which started in Tulsa and Washington last week. Los Angeles, which is 8-12 ATS overall and just 3-6 ATS as a visitor, split both of those road games going 1-1 SU and ATS, including a loss to the last-place Shock, 96-89 as a 9-point road favorite, Friday.
The Sparks have three more road tests this week, starting in Connecticut Tuesday night. Oddsmakers have set L.A. as a 4.5-point road favorite. Following that stop, Los Angeles travels to Indiana Thursday and New York Saturday. The Sparks score 85.5 points per home game but just 79.6 on the road, shooting just 30 percent from 3-point range, compared to nearly 39 percent at home.