Braves vs. Dodgers Prediction

Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers 10/5/18, Prediction & Odds

The Los Angeles Dodgers shut out the visiting Atlanta Braves last night in Game 1 of the NLDS and now send Clayton Kershaw to the mound tonight as they look to take a commanding series lead. Should bettors go with the chalk and put their money on LA or will Atlanta secure a win as underdogs?

Game Snapshot

911 Atlanta Braves at 912 Los Angeles Dodgers

Friday, October 5, 2018

Dodger Stadium at 9:37PM ET


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Public Betting Information

According to oddsmakers at, the Dodgers are a -225 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Braves are a +205 underdog, while the total is set at 7 runs. As of Friday morning, 72 percent of public bets are pouring in on host LA. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest info.

Muncy has big night in win

Joc Pederson led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run last night in the Dodgers' 6-0 home win over Atlanta in Game 1 of the NLDS. He was 1-for-4 with the homer and two runs scored. Justin Turner finished 1-for-2 with a double plus two walks and a run. Max Muncy was 1-for-1 with a 3-run home run and three walks. Enrique Hernandez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run plus a walk. Hyun-Jin Ryu threw seven shutout innings of four-hit ball with eight strikeouts and no walks to record the win.

Foltynewicz hit hard in defeat

Braves ace Mike Foltynewicz sputtered in Game 1 as he surrendered four earned runs on three hits with five strikeouts and three walks over two innings. Ender Inciarte and Charlie Culberson were both 1-for-3 in the defeat. Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis, Tyler Flowers and Ozzie Albies were all 1-for-4.

Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 2.83 ERA) will start tonight for Atlanta, while Los Angeles turns to Kershaw (9-5, 2.73).

MLB Betting Trends


The Braves are 7-19 in their last 26 playoff games. The over is 8-2 in the last 10 Atlanta playoff road games.

Los Angeles

The Dodgers are 7-2 in their last nine playoff home games. Los Angeles is 26-10 in its last 36 games overall.


Kershaw hasn't been very sharp lately, while the LA offense is in good form and should touch up Sanchez some. The reason this total isn't a half-run higher is the Kershaw name factor, but I'm not buying in right now. He's also had well-documented playoff struggles, although he turned a bit of a corner last year. I like the over here.



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