Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves Free Pick

Jose VasquezArticles, Baseball, MLB

A series sweep is on the line as the Atlanta Braves are set to host the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the NL Divisional Playoffs. The visiting Dodgers (up 2-0) are just a win away from reaching the NLCS, and this matchup is slated to begin at 8:07 p.m. ET. The game is scheduled to be nationally televised on Fox Sports One.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves Odds

Vegas is listing Los Angeles (-160) as the favorite over Atlanta (+150). The total sits at 8 runs and gamblers can take the over for -115 and the under for -105. Runline odds sit at -110 for taking the Dodgers -1.5 runs and -110 for the Braves +1.5.

Including the regular season, the Braves are 90-74 straight up (SU) and 82-81 against the spread (ATS). The team’s gained 17.6 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 3.4 units (ATS). Atlanta has covered the spread only once in its last seven games and the under has hit in six of those seven. On the other hand, the Dodgers have gone 94-71 SU this year and are 77-88 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 19.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 11.6 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the under has cashed in three of those seven.

Atlanta games have an over/under record of 77-80-6 in 2018. The Dodgers have an over/under record of 77-79-9.

Walker Buehler is getting the start for the visiting Dodgers. The right-handed Buehler (8-5, 2.62 ERA) has racked up 151 strikeouts in 137.1 innings so far. He’s 1-0 with four strikeouts and a 1.69 ERA against Atlanta this year.

The Braves will turn to lefty Sean Newcomb (12-9, 3.90 ERA) to the mound. Newcomb has 160 punchouts and 81 walks to his name, as well as a 1.33 WHIP. Newcomb is 1-1 with 14 strikeouts and a 3.86 ERA across two starts against Los Angeles this year.

Behind a team slash line of .182/.328/.491, Los Angeles has produced 4.5 runs per game through two playoff outings. The Braves are hitting .145/.159/.161 over two games and the team has managed 0.0 runs during the 2018 playoffs.

The Braves bullpen has registered a postseason ERA of 0.96 and a WHIP of 0.96, while Dodgers relievers have a 0.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.

First baseman Cody Bellinger and right fielder Chris Taylor continue to lead Los Angeles’ hitters. Bellinger is slashing .258/.343/.466 with 25 home runs, 76 RBIs, 84 runs and 15 stolen bases, while Taylor has a .254 average with 17 homers, 63 RBIs and 85 runs scored.

The Braves’ hitters have been led by first baseman Freddie Freeman and right fielder Nick Markakis. Freeman is slashing .307/.385/.500 with 23 home runs, 98 RBIs and 94 runs scored, and the line for Markakis stands at .295/.364/.437 with 14 homers, 93 RBIs and 78 runs.

The Dodgers are coming off of a 3-0 victory in Game .

Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Dodgers, ATS Winner – Dodgers, O/U – UNDER

Betting Notes

  • Los Angeles has recorded 28 extra-base hits over its last five games. Atlanta has nine XBH over its last five.
  • The Braves have dropped six of their last seven games SU.
  • Atlanta has posted 15.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 15.8 over its last five.
  • The Dodgers have hit 18 home runs in their last 10 games, including 12 over their last five.