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The Chicago Cubs will be facing off against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. NBC Sports Chicago will televise this NL matchup and the game gets underway at 9:40 p.m. ET.

Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Odds

Both teams have equal moneyline odds (-105) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this one at 8 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total stand at -105 for the over and -115 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds sitting at Cubs -1.5 runs (+140) and Diamondbacks +1.5 runs (-160).

The Cubs are 89-62 SU and are 74-76 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t moved the needle a whole lot this year, gaining 3.6 units for moneyline bettors, despite having lost 2.0 units ATS. The Diamondbacks, on the other hand, are 78-74 SU and 75-76 ATS. The team’s lost 7.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 2.6 units ATS.

Arizona games have an over/under record of 68-77-6 in 2018. Cubs games have gone under 82 times, gone over 65 times and pushed on three occasions.

Left-hander Cole Hamels is projected to start for the visiting Cubs. Hamels is 9-9 with a 3.67 ERA and 169 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Diamondbacks this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Diamondbacks will send lefty Robbie Ray (5-2, 4.14 ERA) to the mound. Ray has 142 strikeouts and 59 walks to his name, as well as a 1.34 WHIP. Ray is 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 1.29 ERA in one start against Chicago this year.

As a unit, Arizona’s pitchers have yielded 4.0 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 3.82 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.62 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.2 K/9.

Arizona’s offense has put up 4.3 runs per contest, including 3.4 per game over its last 10 games and 2.8 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .175/.228/.350 over its last five contests and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt and outfielder David Peralta have led the Diamondbacks’ batters this year. Goldschmidt is slashing .298/.399/.551 with 33 home runs, 83 RBIs and 94 runs scored, and Peralta’s line is .295/.352/.517 with 28 homers, 82 RBIs and 73 runs.

In the other dugout, Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 3.9 runs per game and its starters own a 3.84 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 7.85 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.28, along with a WHIP of 1.34.

The Cubs offense has slashed .260/.338/.415 on its way to 4.7 runs scored per game this season, including 3.4 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Chicago’s hitters have been led by second baseman Javier Baez and first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Baez is slashing .295/.329/.571 with 33 home runs, 107 RBIs, 96 runs and 21 stolen bases. Rizzo is slashing .277/.372/.466 with 24 homers, 95 RBIs and 68 runs scored.

The Cubs have gained 4.0 units and are 17-16 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has cashed in 15 of those games, compared to 18 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Diamondbacks have lost 1.4 units and are 25-27 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 22 of those games, compared to 27 that’ve cashed the under.

Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Free Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Diamondbacks, ATS Winner – Diamondbacks, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in three of Arizona’s last seven games.
  • The Cubs have won five of their last six games SU while the Diamondbacks have dropped six of their last seven.
  • Arizona has recorded 16 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 14 over its last five.
  • The Cubs have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games, including five over their last five.