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 New York Yankees aren’t making the playoffs, trailing the Boston Red Sox by nine games in the American League East entering the week. That doesn’t mean the Bronx Bombers are going to lay down the red carpet for the BoSox, though. New York has a four-game home set with Boston, starting Thursday, and would love nothing more than to throw a wrench into the Red Sox’s run.
But before that heated divisional rivalry, the Yankees welcome the lowly Chicago White Sox to Yankee Stadium for three games, kicking off Monday. New York has shown a tendency to look ahead to the Red Sox, losing all three games that preceded a series with Boston this season. The Yanks send struggling ace C.C. Sabathia to the mound in the series finale with Chicago Wednesday, giving the ChiSox some serious moneyline value.
Auburn got a huge monkey of its back this weekend, taking down Washington State 31-24. The Tigers, who are coming off a 3-9 2012 record and working under new head coach Gus Malzahn, didn’t cover as 14-point favorites but were more than happy to get the “W” over the Cougars. The victory wasn’t pretty. Auburn struggled to pass and defend the pass, was whistled for careless penalties, and fumbled three times.
War Eagle is in a rare spot heading into Week 2’s date with Arkansas State, primed for a letdown after a win. The Red Wolves stretched their legs and boosted their confidence with a 62-11 thumping of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Week 1. They’ve ruled the roost in the Sun Belt the past two seasons and have shown that they can run with the BCS boys in past years. Oddsmakers aren’t taking ASU lightly, keeping the spread under two touchdowns at -13.
Labor Day in Canada guarantees three things: 1. The alarm is off. 2. The beer is cold. 3. The Eskimos and Stampeders are butting heads. The CFL’s annual “Labor Day Classic” matchup pits Alberta’s two franchises against each other each September, with Edmonton coming to Calgary as a 7.5-point underdog Monday.
These teams turn around and do it all again Friday, with only three full days rest in between games. Calgary makes the trip north to Commonwealth Stadium in Week 11 and has dominated Round 2 of this provincial rematch in recent years. The Stamps and Eskies have split the last six Labor Day Classic games 3-3 ATS but Calgary is a perfect 6-0 versus Edmonton in the second stop of the home-and-home set.