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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 San Diego Chargers were the team of destiny in Week 17. The Football Gods smiled upon the Bolts, handing losses to the Ravens and Dolphins while guiding a 36-yard Nick Novak field goal between the uprights in overtime to defeat the Chiefs and punch San Diego’s ticket to the tournament.

The Chargers are peaking at the right time, winning four in a row to make the playoff cut, but what goes up comes crashing down. San Diego is primed for a letdown spot after a crazy final week of the schedule in Cincinnati, where books have tabbed the Bolts as touchdown underdogs. The extended forecast in Cincy is calling for a 46 percent chance of rain and snow and temperatures in the mid 30s.

Lookahead spot


The Golden State Warriors cross the country for an East Coast road run this week, looking to pick apart the weak Eastern Conference competition. Golden State nearly got caught going easy on the Cavaliers Sunday night, needing overtime to steal a 108-104 road win and are staring down a potential lookahead spot in Orlando Tuesday.

The Warriors take on the Magic on New Year’s Eve – a dangerous spot in itself. Not only does Golden State run the risk of looking past Orlando to their Florida party plans Tuesday night but could also be ignoring Orlando with the NBA champion Miami Heat on the schedule Thursday. Orlando is coming off back-to-back home wins – SU and ATS.

Schedule spot

The Philadelphia Flyers are currently in the midst of a six-game road trip, taking the Flyers to the opposite side of the map. Philadelphia needed a shootout to edge Edmonton Saturday and take on the Canucks Monday, opening a stretch of three games in four nights that spans New Year’s Day.

Philadelphia takes on Vancouver and Calgary in back-to-back nights before making the trip up the mountain to face the Colorado Avalanche on Jan. 2. Playing in Colorado is a tough task in its own, but the thin air will have extra impact on Philadelphia coming off a grueling road schedule.

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