MLB Braves vs. Pirates Picks & Predictions for Thursday, April 18, 2013 Print
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PITTSBURGH, PA (The Spread) – After a huge win over the Cardinals on Wednesday night, the Pirates look to make it two in a row when the Braves come to town tonight.

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ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Braves are -116 money line favorites over the Pirates, who are +107 on the ML. The over/under total is currently sitting at 8.5 runs.

LINE MOVEMENT: The Braves opened as -125 money line favorites but their odds dropped to -116, while the Pirates’ odds have gone from +115 to +107. Atlanta enters play with a 12-2 record and 6-0 on the road, while Pittsburgh is 7-7 overall and 5-3 at home.

PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 77% of the betting public currently favors Atlanta. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most updated numbers.

MLB FREE PICK: Take Pittsburgh. According to latest MLB trends, Pittsburgh is 6-1 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter, 6-1 in their last 7 games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.

Atlanta (12-2, 7-7 O/U) had a 10-game winning streak halted on Wednesday against Kansas City, as they lost 1-0 at home. Pittsburgh (7-7, 6-8 O/U) beat St. Louis yesterday, 5-0 at home behind A.J. Burnett, who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. The Pirates have won three of their last four games and six of their last game. Pittsburgh sends lefty Jeff Locke to the mound against Julio Teheran for the Braves, who has struggled this season. Locke allowed just one run in five innings to earn a win against the Reds on April 13 (3-1 win).. Teheran is just 22 and has  struggled, allowing nine runs and 14 hits in his first two starts in 11 innings. He's been bailed out by the offense. Locke is 1-0 in his career against the Braves. The Pirates won four of seven games between the teams in 2012. Atlanta visits PNC Park in Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates at 7:05pmET on Thursday night.

THURSDAY MLB FREE PICK: PITTSBURGH PIRATES +107

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