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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

The Villanova Wildcats had fun in the sun this past weekend, shocking No. 2 Kansas and edging Iowa in overtime to win the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. The Wildcats narrowly avoided a massive letdown against the Hawkeyes in the championship game, overcoming a sloppy first half in which they committed 12 of their 19 turnovers. If it wasn’t for James Bell catching fire from beyond the arc, Villanova would have been a one-hit wonder this weekend.

It will be a shock to the system when the Wildcats return home. Not only does the bitter cold of Philadelphia sting extra when you’ve been soaking in the tropical heat but Villanova could come crashing back to earth against two tough opponents this week. The Wildcats face off against Big 5 rivals Penn Wednesday and St. Joseph’s Saturday. Be careful of overinflated Villanova’s bubble bursting this week.

Lookahead spot

The Houston Rockets are living up to the preseason hype, jumping out to a 13-5 record and winning five straight games heading into Monday’s matchup with Utah. The Rockets peaked with a 112-106 win over the division-leading Spurs Saturday and can make another huge statement in the Western Conference with a win over Golden State Friday.

But before Houston butts heads with the Warriors, it hosts the NBA’s best bet Wednesday night. The Phoenix Suns bring their 12-4-1 ATS mark (as of Monday) to the Honda Center, coming off a game in Memphis the night before. The Suns have hung tough with the best in the West, covering on the road in Oklahoma City, Denver and San Antonio this year, and enter the week as 8-1 ATS away from home. Phoenix went 2-2 SU and 3-1 ATS in its four meetings with Houston last season.

Schedule spot

Some teams see the NFL Thanksgiving games as a burden, throwing a mid-week wrench into a team’s schedule so deep into the season. Others, like the Dallas Cowboys, have learned to cope with the Turkey Day tasks and benefit from them greatly in Week 14 of the season. Since scoring a comeback win over the Raiders last Thursday, the Cowboys will have 10 full days between games before taking the field in Chicago Monday night.

This extended break is huge for Dallas at this point in the season. Not only does the 10-day hiatus act as a mini bye week, giving the coaching staff added time to fine tune its gameplan for Monday, but it also allows the Cowboys to lick their many wounds. Dallas is expected to return top LB Sean Lee from a hamstring injury, and could get CB Morris Claiborne and return weapon Dwayne Harris back as well.

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Posted by tomnolan
4 months ago

great call with the jazz last night. cashed in big time. I really like this "SEE SPOT" segment that you guys do. keep it coming!!!
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Posted by dwest718
4 months ago

A massive letdown for Nova against Iowa? Iowa was ranked and favored... Agree with the spot though. Especially against an underrated St. Joe's team.
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Posted by ykmichael
4 months ago

NFL' so competitive. With most teams, any bet's a spot bet.
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Posted by JohnnyJet0023
4 months ago

No bigger letdown spot then Auburn Tigers who will be facing an under the radar Missouri team. Auburn had a bye week following their miracle versus Georgia, so the coaching staff was able to get the team focused in on the big rivalry game. This time around, Auburn has 5 days to focus on Mizzu, while the Auburn campus is most certainly still celebrating the Iron Bowl win and the media debates Auburn's claims to a BCS Title birth over Ohio State. Moneyline Mizzu!!
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Posted by J_Logan
4 months ago

I wanted to use the SEC title game in the letdown spot but we'll have so much on it this week, wanted to shine some light on another potential letdowner. Great insight! I've loved Missouri all season.
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Posted by JohnnyJet0023
4 months ago

"No bigger letdown spot then Auburn Tigers who will be facing an under the radar Missouri team. Auburn had a bye week following their miracle versus Georgia, so the coaching staff was able to get the team focused in on the big rivalry game. This tim..."