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

Feb 25, 2013 |
The Thunder could get surprised by the Hornets on Wednesday night.
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The Thunder could get surprised by the Hornets on Wednesday night.
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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

A three-game skid looks to be in the past for the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have won two straight heading into Wednesday’s walk-through versus the New Orleans Hornets. But if you think the Big Easy Bugs are going to be just that – easy – think again.

Oklahoma City has a nasty chunk of schedule on the way, starting in Denver Friday. The Thunder then face the Clippers, Lakers and Knicks. Needless to say, Wednesday’s home game with the Hornets isn’t circled on the calendar. New Orleans has been at its best on the road, going 19-11 ATS and averaging 96.7 points away from home (compared to 91.9 in New Orleans).

Letdown spot

The Ivy League crown will likely be decided when conference-leading Harvard takes on No. 2 Princeton in New Jersey Friday night. The Tigers (7-2) are 1.5 games behind the Crimson (9-1) after going 3-1 SU and ATS on a recent four-game road stretch. The lone loss in that span was a 69-57 beating at Harvard as 1.5-point road underdogs on Feb. 16.

Princeton will give all it has versus Harvard and L. Stockwell Jadwin Gymnasium will undoubtedly be rocking Friday. However, the Tigers – win or lose – must turn around and host Dartmouth Saturday. The Big Green, who will be playing their fourth straight road game, are at the bottom of the Ivy League and will get a ton of points versus an emotionally-exhausted Princeton side.

Schedule spot

The Detroit Red Wings may be the most two-faced team in hockey when it comes to home and away efforts. Detroit has built a 7-4-1-0 record in Hockey Town, among the best in the NHL, but has struggled to match that away from Motown. The Red Wings are just 2-3-2-0 on the road, averaging 2.29 goals and 3.29 goals against as visitors (Detroit is averaging 3.33 goals, 2.58 goals against at home).

Detroit hits the bricks for a two-game Western road swing this week, taking on the defending Cup champs, the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday, then playing the San Jose Sharks Thursday. The Kings have found their stride, winning five of their last six, heading into Monday. San Jose is a solid 5-1-0-2 at home.
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