Nationals vs. Braves Free Pick

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ATLANTA, GA (ATS Consultants) –This is the second game of a three-game series. Edwin Jackson takes the mound for the Nationals, while Tommy Hanson is on the hill for the Braves. The opening pitch starts at 4:05pmET from Turner Field.

ODDS: The oddsmakers have installed the Braves as a -130 favorite over the Nationals. The total is 8 in most books. The Nats come in with a 89-54 record and are 69-65 Over, while Atlanta is 81-63 overall and 62-77 Under.(before Friday's results)

LINE MOVEMENT: The Braves opened as a -130 favorite and remained there in most books. The total started at 8 and remained there in most books.

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PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers currently placed on tonight’s game, 65% of public bettors favor the Nationals. 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 Braves. According to the latest MLB trends, Nationals are 1-7 in Jackson's last 8 starts following a team loss in their previous game and are 0-6 in Jackson's last 6 starts vs. National League East. Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 home games,  15-5 in their last 20 home games vs. a right-handed starter, 30-12 in their last 42 vs. National League East, 10-4 in their last 14 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 27-13 in their last 40 games vs. a right-handed starter, 8-0 in Hanson's last 8 starts vs. National League East and are 19-7 in Hanson's last 26 starts vs. a team with a winning record. This is a very important game for the Braves, who came into this series at 8.5 games behind the Nats for first place in the NL East. Jackson has struggled lately for the Nats, posting a 4.91 ERA in his last three starts. He lost to Atlanta on July 21, 4-0. This one is more important for the Braves.

SATURDAY MLB FREE PICK: ATLANTA BRAVES –130

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