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

Jun 17, 2013 |
The Rams are in danger of a letdown spot versus the Jags in Week 5.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
The Rams are in danger of a letdown spot versus the Jags in Week 5.
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

The ACC undergoes a face lift this season but the contenders remain the same. Florida State is one of the constants in the conference and is projected to finish second in the ACC Atlantic Division and is listed at +250 to win the ACC crown. One of the Seminoles’ biggest tests of the season comes against the rival Miami Hurricanes in Week 10. But before these Sunshine State schools collide, FSU hosts North Carolina State as 20-point home chalk on October 26.

The Wolfpack are sandwiched between Florida State’s games with the ACC’s favorites (+175) – Clemson and Miami. The Noles lost to NC State, 17-16, as 17-point road favorites last year and have had trouble meeting the oddmakers’ expectations against the Wolfpack. Florida State is 6-6 SU but 1-10-1 ATS versus NC State since 2001. Those 20-points look like a gift with the Noles peaking past the Pack and ahead to the Canes.

Letdown spot

The St. Louis Rams were one of the best bets in football last season, despite playing in the tough NFC West. They managed to cover in 11 of their 16 games overall and went a stunning 6-0 ATS versus division foes – San Francisco, Seattle and Arizona. St. Louis is looking up at the Niners and Seahawks again and has a home date with San Francisco in Week 4, pegged as a 4-point home underdog.

Win or lose in Week 4, the Rams will be in danger of a letdown spot against their next opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars. Early lines project them as a 6.5-point home favorite versus the lowly Jags and if they show some fight against the 49ers, bettors may take this spread to a touchdown or beyond. Last season, after playing San Francisco to a 24-24 tie in Week 10, St. Louis fell flat on its face visiting the New York Jets. History may repeat itself in Week 5.

Schedule spot

The Los Angeles Dodgers - formerly of Brooklyn - have come back to the Big Apple for an interleague set with the New York Yankees, playing two games in the Bronx this week starting Tuesday. Following Wednesday’s 7:05 p.m. ET start in New York, the Dodgers hop back across the country to visit the San Diego Padres Thursday.

Los Angeles is just 10-19 on the road for -10.11 units heading into Game 1 with the Yankees, having dropped two of three games at Pittsburgh this weekend to open the nine-game road swing. San Diego, on the hand, was the best bet in baseball last week and is riding a six-game winning streak into Monday’s visit to San Francisco. The four-game set with L.A. kicks off Thursday night.
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