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.
The Los Angeles Lakers are fighting for their season on their current seven-game road swing, taking a 3-1 SU (2-2 ATS) record into Thursday’s stop in Boston – Game No. 5 on the annual “Grammy” trip. The Lakers actually find themselves in the rare “Lookahead Letdown” spot Friday, when they visit the lowly Charlotte Bobcats.
Los Angeles will be coming off a heated rivalry game with the Celtics and looking ahead to Sunday’s clash with the Miami Heat when they face the Bobcats. An aging roster and injuries to bigs Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol may have L.A. more focused on resting up for Miami.
The ACC is one of the tightest conferences in college hoops, with five teams in the hunt for the conference crown. Two of those programs are North Carolina State and Duke, which collide in Cameron Indoor Stadium Thursday night. The Wolfpack knocked off the Blue Devils at home back in January but haven’t won in Durham since 2007.
Following that showdown, NC State pays a visit to J.C. Littlejohn Coliseum to face the Clemson Tigers. Clemson may not be in the thick of the ACC race but the Tigers took the fight to the Wolfpack in their first meeting of the year, covering as 8.5-point road underdogs in a 66-62 loss on Jan. 20. NC State guard Lorenzo Brown is still a question mark this week (ankle).
The Anaheim Ducks open a six-game road trip in Colorado Wednesday – not the best place to start an extended away swing due to the change in altitude from Anaheim to the Pepsi Center. The Ducks play three games in four nights, moving to Dallas and St. Louis Friday and Saturday before catching their breath for a few days.
Anaheim is back on the road in Chicago Tuesday, in Detroit Friday and closes this tough stretch of schedule at Nashville on Feb. 16. The Ducks have built a solid 6-1-0-1 record thanks to a home-heavy sked, playing five of those games inside the Honda Center. They’ve scored a franchise-record 29 goals in their first eight games but struggled to find the net in the role of visitors last season, averaging only 2.07 goals per road game – second worst in the NHL.