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

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.

Letdown spot

Want to know how much air has been sucked out of the Baylor Bears after getting balled by Oklahoma State in Stillwater Saturday? The LVH Superbook in Las Vegas dropped BU from +350 to +5000 on its BCS Championship futures board following the loss and oddsmakers aren’t expecting much from the Bears versus TCU this weekend, setting them under two-TD road favorites in Forth Worth.

Baylor not only has to pick its tighty-whities off the turf after the pantsing by OSU but is dealing with a broken heart, with its national title hopes dashed. Football bettors have seen this same struggle with Oregon since losing all hope after the loss to Stanford. The cherry on top of this spot bet sundae is that BU has a showdown with Texas for a shot at the Big 12 title in Week 14.

Lookahead spot

The Brooklyn Nets’ “Big Three” (or “Big Four” depending on how big a Brook Lopez fan you are) has been a big bust so far this season. Kevin Garnett looks 100 years old, Paul Pierce hasn’t shot this bad since his rookie season, and Deron Williams is once again limping up and down the court. The Nets are 3-10 (4-9 ATS) out of the gate and have lost five straight heading into Tuesday’s trip to Toronto and Wednesday’s home date with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Brooklyn needs some time away. Thankfully – pun intended – the Nets get that break with Thanksgiving Thursday and a western road trip to Houston and Memphis at the end of the week. With a chance to get away from the court and escape from the merciless New York media, the Nets could get caught looking ahead to a belly full of turkey and the solitude of a hotel room before handling business versus a Lakers team picking up steam off three straight wins and covers.

Schedule spot


When is a home game not a home game? When it’s played in another country. The Buffalo Bills come to the comfy confines of the Rogers Centre in Toronto to “host” the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13. Buffalo fans have long been miffed over this yearly game in Canada (you would be too if your team was 1-4 SU and 1-3-1 ATS north of the border), losing a great home-field edge in the November cold at Ralph Wilson and instead trading it in for the indoor track in T.O. – a venue that plays right into the Falcons’ hands.

While this week's outing in Toronto is slotted as a home game, the Bills’ schedule has them playing four of their final five games away from Buffalo. They hit the road for two straight weeks – in Tampa Bay and Jacksonville – then are back home against the Dolphins before trip to New England for the finale. Oh, BTW, weather in Buffalo Sunday: High 30s, chance of rain, winds 15 mph. Home sweet dome.

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