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

Jan 13, 2014 |
The Clippers could look past the Knicks Friday with the Pacers on the schedule Saturday.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
The Clippers could look past the Knicks Friday with the Pacers on the schedule Saturday.
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.

Covers Expert Steve Merril points out the best spot bet opportunities on the NBA schedule this week:

Letdown spot

Memphis beat Oklahoma City in a playoff series last season, but the Thunder beat the Grizzlies 116-100 earlier this year. The Grizzlies will be looking to avenge that home loss Tuesday night. If Memphis is successful in doing so, then its game the very next night in Milwaukee will be a difficult spot.

That game against the Bucks also precedes a return home where the Grizzlies play a pair of games on their home court. Memphis has come on strong recently, going 7-4 SU and 9-2 ATS over its last 11 games. The Grizzlies’ four losses have come by eight, four, three, and two points.

Lookahead spot

The Los Angeles Clippers have a pair of back-to-back games on the East Coast this week - the first two stops of a seven-game road trip. The Clippers will play in New York against the Knicks Friday night, and then against the Pacers in Indiana Saturday. They beat the Knicks easily earlier this season, so that’s not the game they have their eyes on.

Indiana beat the Clippers in Los Angeles 105-100 back on December 1. The Pacers controlled that game, leading by as many as 14 points while the Clippers only lead was by a single point. Los Angeles will be looking to atone for that home loss to Indiana, so it may lack focus the night before in New York.

Schedule spot

The Miami Heat will be a focused team on Wednesday when they play the Wizards in Washington, D.C. The Heat will be going into that game off four full days of rest, while the Wizards will be playing their fourth game in six nights.

Miami will also be playing off back-to-back road losses at New York (102-92) and at Brooklyn in double overtime (104-95). Miami is starting a four-game road trip with this game, so it will be important for it to start off with a win. Washington lost 103-93 in Miami back on November 3.
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