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

Mar 4, 2013 |
Kobe and the Lakers take a step down following Tuesday's game at OKC.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Kobe and the Lakers take a step down following Tuesday's game at OKC.
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

Not having North Carolina in the NCAA tournament is like not having cheese on your pizza. But there is a chance the Tar Heels could get snubbed by the selection committee after a disappointing ACC run. They have won five in a row SU and ATS and have covered the spread in seven of their last 10 heading into the final week of the schedule. But UNC lacks a big win, with a recent victory over NC State as the lone feather in its cap.

The Tar Heels have one more shot to impress in the finale versus Duke at home this weekend. However, before adding the next chapter to the Tobacco Road Rivalry, UNC must take on another bubble team in the ACC – the Maryland Terrapins. The Terps are scratching for a place in the field of 68 and are always a tough out at home, going 3-1 ATS and SU in their last four contests in College Park.

Letdown spot

The Los Angeles Lakers have pulled themselves to .500, winning 13 of their last 18 games (8-10 ATS), and can make a huge statement in the Western Conference with a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday. Los Angeles is chasing the final postseason ticket in the West and heads into Tuesday’s road test 2.5 games back of the ninth-place Houston Rockets.

Following Tuesday’s tilt, Kobe & Co. move a few steps down the intensity ladder when they visit the New Orleans Hornets Wednesday. The Hornets are second last in the conference and have just four wins in their last 10 games, heading into Monday. New Orleans did, however, give L.A. a scare in their most recent meeting, covering as an 8-point road underdog in a 111-106 loss on Jan. 29.

Schedule spot

The last time the St. Louis Blues left on an extended road trip, they came home in the hunt for a high seed in the Western Conference. The team was hoping to have the same success again, starting a five-game Western road swing Sunday, but fell 4-1 to the Dallas Stars.

The Blues, who will be living out of their suitcases for a five-game, eight-day trek, take on the reigning champion Los Angeles Kings Tuesday, visit the Phoenix Coyotes (7-4-1-0 at home) Thursday, play at San Jose Saturday, and close the trip versus the Pacific-leading Anaheim Ducks Sunday.
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