|MLB Braves vs. Giants Picks & Predictions for Thursday, August 23|
|Written by ATSSportsline.com|
|Thursday, 23 August 2012 14:00|
Braves vs. Giants Free Pick
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (ATS Consultants) – This is the first game of a four-game series. Tommy Hanson takes the mound for the Braves against Barry Zito for the Giants. The opening pitch starts at 10:15pmET from AT&T Park in San Francisco.
ODDS: The oddsmakers have installed the Braves as a -110 favorite over the Giants. The total is 7.5 in most books. The Braves come in with a 71-53 overall record and are 54-65 Under, while the Giants are 69-55 overall and are 64-56 Over.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Braves opened as a -115 favorite and moved to -110 in most books. The total started at 7.5 and remained there.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers currently placed on tonight’s game, 57% of public bettors favor the Braves. These numbers are subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the “Public Betting” link available in this paragraph to get the most up-to-date information.
MLB FREE PICK: Take the over. According to the latest MLB trends, Atlanta is 5-1-1 Over in Hanson's last 7 starts after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game and is 4-1-1 Over last 6 starts on grass. Giants are 5-0 Over last 5 after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game, 6-1 Over last 7 games following a win, 9-2 Over last 11 overall, 5-0 Over last 5 starts with the total set at 7.0-8.5. Zito has pitched poorly as of late, posting a 5.62 ERA in his last htree starts. The Braves are coming off beating Washington 5-1 last night, but before that game, they had lost four straight and in that stretch had allowed 20 runs.The Giants swept the Dogers are put up 8 runs last night so the offense hasn't completely fallen apart without Melky Cabrera.
THURSDAY MLB FREE PICK: GIANTS/BRAVES OVER 7.5