Braves vs. Dodgers Game 1 Prediction
The NLCS begins tonight with Game 1 between the Braves and Dodgers at 8:08 p.m. ET. With Max Fried set to face Walker Buehler in the pitching matchup, what’s the optimal play for bettors?
965 Atlanta Braves (+120) at 966 Los Angeles Dodgers (-140); o/u 8
8:08 p.m. ET, October 12, 2020
Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX
Atlanta Braves DFS Spin
Ronald Acuna drew two walks, stole a base, and scored two runs in the Braves' NLDS Game 3 win over the Marlins on Thursday. Acuna did his usual spark plug thing with a leadoff walk and steal of second base in the top of the third inning, kicking off a four-run frame for the Braves. They went on to win 7-0 and will now face either the Dodgers or Padres in the best-of-seven NLCS. Acuna also swiped a bag in the Wild Card Series versus the Reds and is the first Braves player with multiple stolen bases in a single postseason since Rafael Furcal had three in 2005.
Los Angeles Dodgers DFS Spin
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that while Edwin Rios (groin) has improved, no decision has been made yet as to his availability for the NLCS against the Braves beginning on Monday. Rios was held off of the Dodgers roster for the NLDS due to a groin strain that he suffered while taking infield practice during a team workout. He still has another day or two to show he's healthy enough to make the roster. The 26-year-old posted a .946 OPS for the Dodgers in 2020 and would be a nice option to have off of the bench against the Braves.
Braves vs. Dodgers Game 1 Betting Prediction
The under is 4-1 in the Braves’ last five games overall, is 4-1 in their last five games versus a right-handed starter and has cashed in five of their last six games versus opponents from the National League West. On the other side, the under is 5-2 in the Dodgers’ last seven games versus National League East opponents and is 4-1-1 in their last six National League Championship Series games.
MLB POSTSEASON BETTING PREDICTION: BRAVES/DODGERS UNDER 8