This series between the Atlanta Braves and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers might be the best one of the weekend. Outside of the New York Yankees versus the Houston Astros, this series should be the best.
The Dodgers are in first place in the National League West at 43-25 and have won three in a row. The Atlanta Braves have arguably among the hottest teams in baseball. They are 41-30 and are 7-3 in their last 10. Both teams have an opportunity of meeting once again in the playoffs, so we could have a different type of atmosphere in this one.
Ian Anderson is going to be on the mound for the Atlanta Braves, and Julio Urias is going to be on the mound for Los Angeles.
Dodgers: Star Power Must Show Up
If the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to win this game and the series in general, their stars are going to have to show up. The reason why the Dodgers have been one of the best teams in baseball is their .253 batting average, which ranks them seventh in all of baseball. They’ve also hit home runs at a high level and rank ninth in the majors with 84.
On top of what the Dodgers have been able to do offensively, they have taken over the top spot in terms of team ERA at 2.93. This team is elite on both sides of the ball.
With Urias getting the start, the Dodgers should feel pretty confident about their chances. He’s held hitters in the current Atlanta Braves lineup to just a .136 batting average.
Braves Have to Stay Hot
The Atlanta Braves have pulled within four games of the division-leading New York Mets in the NL East
The Braves have been beating teams that are very good throughout the past few weeks, and although this series might be their most difficult one yet, the Braves certainly have enough to get the job done.
Atlanta has found success because of its 3.75 team ERA, and the Braves have also managed to hit the second-most home runs in baseball with 108. They also have the 11th-best batting average in the league at .248 as a team.
With Anderson getting the start here, we could be in for a pitcher’s duel. He’s held hitters in the current Los Angeles Dodgers lineup to just a .167 batting average.
Dodgers vs Braves Head-to-Head
These teams have met three times this season, with the Dodgers holding a 2-1 that series lead.
Dodgers vs Braves Game Information
- Game: Dodgers (43-25) vs Braves (41-30)
- Location: SunTrust Park, Atlanta, GA
- Day/Time: Friday, 7:20 p.m. ET
- Dodgers vs Braves Live stream: MLB.tv
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Dodgers vs Braves Betting Lines
|Los Angeles Dodgers
J. Urias -L
|-1½ +120||-128||9½ +115o||4½ -120o / 4½ -110u|
I. Anderson -R
|+1½ -140||+118||9½ -135u||4½ +115o / 4½ -145u|
Dodgers vs Braves Prediction
The current MLB betting odds have the Los Angeles Dodgers as the favorite at -128 on the moneyline.
The best pick is taking the Los Angeles Dodgers to win this game outright. Although the Atlanta Braves have been one of the hotter teams in baseball, it’s tough to ever bet against the Dodgers.
When also factoring in that we can get the Dodgers for only – 128 odds, it feels like a great idea to back them. Whenever you can get Los Angeles with moneyline odds lower than -150, you should typically jump on that.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.