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

Nov 11, 2013 |
Detroit has lost 18 straight road games vs. Western Conference foes.
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Detroit has lost 18 straight road games vs. Western Conference foes.
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

Two weeks ago, Sunday’s showdown with the Green Bay Packers looked like another loss on the G-Men’s resume. Not only has New York turned it around with two straight wins, but the Giants catch a break with Aaron Rodgers still mending a broken collarbone. However, don’t go writing off the Cheese Heads just yet.

New York has a massive divisional matchup with the Dallas Cowboys in Week 12, looking to get back in the NFC East hunt. Looking past the Packers to the date with Dallas could be dooming for the Giants. Eli Manning and the offense is still a mess, turning the ball over three times in a close win over Oakland. Books are discounting Green Bay with third-stringer Scott Tolzien under center, setting New York as big as 6-point favorites.

Letdown spot

Vanderbilt is rolling high in Week 12 following a win over the Florida Gators Saturday. The Commodores forced four turnovers and snapped a 22-game losing slide to Florida, winning 34-17 as 12-point road underdogs in Gainesville. All that, despite being out-gained 344-183, including just 57 yards passing Saturday.

Vanderbilt hosts Kentucky this weekend and oddsmakers have installed the Commodores as 12.5-point favorites, taking on the 2-7 Wildcats. Kentucky was rolled by Missouri last weekend but has shown an improved offense, out-passing the Tigers 235- 203 Saturday. Vandy has been the betting favorite three times this season and managed to cover just once.

Schedule spot

The Detroit Pistons pack their sunglasses for a four-game road swing on the West Coast this week, starting in Portland Monday night. The Pistons are on an 18-game road losing streak to Western Conference opponents with their last win in a Western arena coming in Sacramento Kings on March. 14 2012. Detroit is just 6-11-1 ATS in those games.

Following Monday’s opener in the Rose Garden, the Pistons visit Golden State, Sacramento, and Los Angeles Lakers. Detroit has dropped back-to-back games against the NBA elite, losing to Oklahoma City and Indiana at home, failing to cover in both outings.
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