Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Preview

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The Chicago Cubs will be taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The opening pitch is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET and this NL matchup will be televised on NSC+, SNLA and ESPN.

Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Odds

Vegas is listing Chicago (+130) as the underdog to Los Angeles (-140). Bettors can gamble on the games total with odds listed at -120 for over 7.5 runs and even money (+100) for under 7.5. Gamblers can also wager on the games spread with the current runline odds sitting at -170 for the Cubs +1.5 runs and +150 for the Dodgers -1.5.

The Dodgers are 42-36 straight up (SU) and 34-43 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 14.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 8.8 units (ATS). On the other hand, the Cubs are 43-34 SU and have gone 38-38 ATS. In total, the teams lost 7.0 units for moneyline bettors, but have gained 1.1 units ATS.

Dodgers games have had an over/under record of 38-37-2 so far in 2018. Chicago has been a good under bet with a total record of 31-44-1.

Right-hander Kyle Hendricks is the projected starter for Chicago. Hendricks is 5-7 with a 3.73 ERA and 69 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Dodgers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Dodgers are sending lefty Alex Wood (3-5, 4.13 ERA) to the mound. Wood has 75 strikeouts and 16 walks to his credit, as well as a 1.18 WHIP. Wood made two starts against the Cubs in 2017, compiling a 1-0 record with a 1.04 ERA and 12 strikeouts.

Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 3.7 runs per game and its starters own a 3.56 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 7.91 K/9. The bullpen has logged a solid ERA of just 3.12, along with a WHIP of 1.29 and a K/9 of 9.15.

Cubs hitters have slashed .258/.341/.415 on their way to 4.8 runs scored per game this season, including 3.2 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.2 per game over the teams last five outings (1-4 SU).

Second baseman Javier Baez and third baseman Kris Bryant continue to lead Chicago’s offense. Baez is hitting .276/.315/.555 with 16 home runs, 56 RBIs, 45 runs and 13 steals, while Bryant has a .280 average with nine homers, 36 RBIs and 40 runs scored.

For the home team, Los Angeles pitchers have given up 4.0 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have an ERA of 3.47, a WHIP of 1.17 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.6. The bullpen has a 3.72 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

Los Angeles hitters are putting up 4.7 runs per outing, including 3.6 per game over its last 10 games and 5.4 per game over their last five. The teams hit .229/.299/.482 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that span.

The Dodgers batters have been led by outfielders Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor. Kemp is slashing .311/.351/.539 with 13 home runs, 47 RBIs and 34 runs scored, while Taylor’s line sits at .256/.341/.463 with nine homers, 30 RBIs and 47 runs.

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 lost 18.1 units and are 20-30 ATS when facing a righty starter. The overs hit in 32 of those games, compared to 17 that went under.

Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in only two of Los Angeles last seven games.
  • Chicago has posted 19.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 21.0 over its last five.
  • The Cubs have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.