The Chicago Cubs are paying a visit to Dodger Stadium to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. NBC Sports Chicago will broadcast this NL matchup and the game is slated to get underway at 10:10 p.m. ET.
Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Odds
Oddsmakers have listed Los Angeles (-135) as the favorite over Chicago (+125). The total stands at 7.5 runs and bettors can wager on the over for +105 or the under for -125. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the runline odds sitting at Cubs +1.5 runs (-170) and Dodgers -1.5 runs (+150).
The Dodgers are 41-35 straight up (SU) and 34-41 against the spread (ATS). The teams lost 16.8 units for moneyline bettors and 6.7 units (ATS). The Cubs are 42-33 SU and have gone 37-37 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 4.5 units for moneyline bettors, but have gained 1.1 units ATS.
Los Angeles games have a 37-36-2 over/under record so far in 2018. Cubs games have gone under 43 times, gone over 30 times and pushed on one occasion.
The right-handed Duane Underwood Jr. is projected to start for the visiting Cubs. Underwood Jr. has yet to pitch in the majors this year and Chicago is hoping that he can handle big-league action.
The Dodgers will send righty Kenta Maeda (4-4, 3.84 ERA) to the mound. Maeda has 71 strikeouts and 26 walks to his credit, as well as a 1.39 WHIP. Maeda is 0-0 with two strikeouts and a 7.36 ERA in one start against Chicago this year.
As a unit, Los Angeles pitchers have given up 3.9 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have a 3.56 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.64 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 9.1 K/9.
The Los Angeles offense has produced 4.7 runs per outing, including 3.6 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over its last five. The team has hit .240/.320/.469 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.
Outfielders Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor have paced the Dodgers offense this year. Kemp is slashing .318/.353/.551 with 13 home runs, 47 RBIs and 34 runs scored, and Taylor’s line is .251/.336/.448 with eight homers, 29 RBIs and 46 runs.
In the visiting dugout, Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 3.7 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.57 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 7.93 K/9. The bullpen has logged a solid ERA of just 3.12, along with a WHIP of 1.29.
The Cubs offense has slashed .257/.341/.416 on its way to 4.8 runs scored per game this year, including 4.1 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.4 per game over the teams last five contests (1-4 SU).
Third baseman Kris Bryant and second baseman Javier Baez have led Chicago’s hitters. Bryant is slashing .280/.383/.481 with nine home runs, 36 RBIs and 40 runs scored, while Baez (.269/.311/.530) has produced 14 homers, 50 RBIs, 43 runs and 13 stolen bases.
The Cubs have lost 8.2 units and are 29-30 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 24 of those games, compared to 34 that’ve hit the under against righties. On the other hand, the Dodgers have lost 19.1 units and are 20-29 ATS when facing a righty starter. The overs hit in 32 of those games, compared to 16 that went under the total.
Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Dodgers, ATS Winner – Cubs, O/U – UNDER
- The under has hit in six of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
- Los Angeles has posted 17.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 21.6 over its last five.
- The Cubs have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Dodgers have hit 17 over their last 10.