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

Jul 29, 2013 |
Arizona has to travel to Tampa Bay, Texas, and Boston all in one week.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Arizona has to travel to Tampa Bay, Texas, and Boston all in one week.
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.

Schedule spot

The Arizona Diamondbacks will get all the in-flight movies and snack-sized bags of peanuts they can handle this week. The D-backs just flew from San Diego to Tampa Bay, taking on the Rays Tuesday and Wednesday. Following the finale in St. Petersburg, Arizona jumps on a plane to Arlington for a make-up game with the Texas Rangers Thursday, stemming from a postponed contest back in May.

After that solo show in Texas, the Diamondbacks board another cross-country shuttle and rush back to the East Coast to play the Boston Red Sox for three games, starting Friday. When it’s all said and done, Arizona will have traveled roughly 4,800 miles to play six games. The D-backs are 24-27 on the road for +0.23 units this season, and that's with a normal travel schedule. Arizona could be road kill come the end of the week.

Lookahead spot

Indianapolis Colts fans have October 20 circled on the calendar, anticipating the return of former star QB Peyton Manning to Lucas Oil Stadium. The Denver Broncos visit the Colts in Week 7, in what should be one of the biggest media blitzes of the 2013 season. People are already buzzing about the return of No. 18 and oddsmakers didn’t hesitate to offer early odds on this Sunday Night Football matchup, posting Indianapolis as a 4-point home underdog.

The Colts come into the Denver game on a short week, having to play at San Diego on Monday Night Football in Week 6. With the Chargers falling out of the AFC picture over the past few years, Indianapolis could get caught looking ahead to Manning and the Broncos. Books are dealing the Colts as early 2.5-point road dogs versus the Bolts, a valuable sub-FG spread for the home side.

Letdown spot

The WNBA celebrated its finest with the annual All-Star Game this past weekend, and with it took an extended hiatus from the 2013 season. Teams stopped playing on Tuesday July 25, but some clubs have had an even longer break depending on how the schedule trickled down. The drawn-out All-Star break comes at a bad time for the first-place Minnesota Lynx.

Minnesota, which sits tops in the league at 14-3 SU and 10-7 ATS, had won seven straight games before the break, playing its last contest on July 24 – an 81-69 win over Phoenix. The Lynx don’t take the court again until Friday’s home game versus San Antonio, a momentum-killing stretch of nine full days off. Minnesota could come out flat facing what should be an inflated pointspread against on the West's worst clubs. The Lynx have also failed to cover in their last two outings.
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