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

Nov 19, 2013 |
South Carolina is a big home favorite against a dangerous FCS opponent.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
South Carolina is a big home favorite against a dangerous FCS opponent.
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

The South Carolina Gamecocks have a big Week 14 state rivalry with Clemson looming but first a scheduled “walkthrough” against FCS Coastal Carolina Saturday afternoon. The Gamecocks are looking to make waves in the BCS, currently ranked No. 10 in the country, and have only one more chance to do so versus the Tigers. But don’t pass over Coastal Carolina just because they claim FCS status.

The Chanticleers are among the top small-conference schools this season and have an explosive offense, headlined by dual-threat QB Alex Ross. He’s one of the most accurate passers in the FCS, with only six INTS to 17 TDs, and can make plays with his legs when things break down. Books are being very generous with the points, making Coastal Carolina a 34.5-point road underdog against a South Carolina squad not wanting to show much before its clash with Clemson.

Letdown spot

The Oakland Raiders are already knocking on the door when it comes to their season-win total of 5.5 after stealing a 28-23 win in Houston Sunday – improving the Silver and Black to 4-6 on the year. Oakland got a surprise performance from backup QB Matt McGloin, who tossed for three touchdowns and 197 yards, sparking a QB controversy in the Bay Area. Starter Terrelle Pryor is on the mend from a knee injury and has Raiders head coach Dennis Allen faced with a tough decision.

Oakland, jacked up off that win as a 10.5-point underdog in Houston and scratching its head over who to start under center, hosts the Tennessee Titans Sunday afternoon. Tennessee is in a foul mood after letting the Indianapolis Colts come from behind last Thursday. The Titans are a perfect 4-0 ATS away from home this season and could catch the Raiders riding high in Week 12.

Schedule spot

The Boston Celtics were the darlings of the NBA betting scene just a short week ago. But things have changed dramatically since their 5-0 ATS streak. Boston has dropped three straight games SU and ATS, including a loss to Charlotte, and plays four of the next five contests away from Beantown, starting with a trip to Houston Tuesday.

The Celtics make trips to San Antonio, Atlanta and Charlotte after that. And sandwiched in between those four road tilts is a “break” back home against the Indiana Pacers – the NBA’s top team. Boston is just 1-5 ATS on the road to start the schedule.
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