Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs Free Preview

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The Chicago Cubs will play the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. NBC Sports Chicago is in line to broadcast this NL matchup and the game gets underway at 3:10 p.m. ET.

Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Odds

Los Angeles (-180) is hosting this one as the favorite over Chicago (+170) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this one at 7 runs (+105 for the under and -125 for the over). You can also wager on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds standing at -130 for the Cubs +1.5 runs and +110 for the Dodgers -1.5.

The Dodgers are 43-36 straight up (SU) and 34-44 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 16.3 units for moneyline bettors and 9.8 units (ATS). Los Angeles has a 3-5 ATS record over its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven. The Cubs are 43-35 SU and have gone 39-38 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 5.5 units for moneyline gamblers, but have gained 2.0 units ATS. Chicago is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Los Angeles games have an over/under record of 39-37-2 thus far in 2018. The Cubs have been a decent under bet with a total record of 32-44-1.

Jose Quintana will get the nod for Chicago. The southpaw Quintana (6-6, 4.26 ERA) has recorded 76 strikeouts in 80.1 innings so far. He has yet to face the Dodgers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Dodgers will turn to lefty Clayton Kershaw (1-4, 2.94 ERA), who has 57 punchouts and 12 walks as well as a WHIP of 1.17. Kershaw only made one start against the Cubs in 2017 (0-0, 8.31 ERA and six strikeouts across 4.1 innings).

As a unit, Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game overall in 2018. The club’s starters have an ERA of 3.48, a WHIP of 1.17 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.6. The bullpen has a 3.75 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

The Los Angeles hitters are putting up 4.7 runs per outing, including 4.0 per game over its last 10 games and 5.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .257/.340/.526 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Dodgers’ offense has been led by outfielders Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor. Kemp is hitting .311/.351/.539 with 13 home runs, 47 RBIs and 34 runs scored, and Taylor’s line sits at .255/.340/.461 with nine homers, 30 RBIs and 47 runs.

For the visiting squad, Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 3.7 runs per game and its starters own a 3.66 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 7.89 K/9. The bullpen has managed a solid ERA of just 3.10, along with a WHIP of 1.30 and a K/9 of 9.14.

Cubs hitters have slashed .258/.341/.416 on their way to 4.8 runs scored per game this season, including 3.7 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Chicago’s offense has been fueled by second baseman Javier Baez and third baseman Kris Bryant, who have combined to swat 25 home runs. Baez is slashing .279/.318/.558 with 16 home runs, 56 RBIs, 47 runs and 13 steals, while Bryant (.280/.383/.481) has produced nine homers, 36 RBIs and 40 runs scored.

The Cubs have gained 3.6 units and are 8-7 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in six of those games, compared to nine that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Dodgers have netted 1.9 units and are 14-14 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over’s hit in seven of those games, compared to 20 that went under.

Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers Free Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Dodgers, ATS Winner – Cubs, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in three of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
  • The Dodgers have won five of their last six games SU.
  • Chicago has posted 21.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 23.8 over its last five.
  • The Cubs have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.