Los Angeles Dodgers at Oakland Athletics Free Pick

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The red-hot Oakland Athletics will go for their seventh consecutive victory when they play host to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California will showcase this interleague matchup and the game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Oakland Athletics Odds

Los Angeles (-155) is favored against Oakland (+145) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this night game at 7.5 runs (+105 for the under and -125 for the over). Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the runline odds coming in at Dodgers -1.5 runs (-110) and Athletics +1.5 runs (-110).

The Dodgers are 62-51 SU and are 50-63 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 17.6 units for moneyline bettors and 12.8 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Athletics, on the other hand, are 67-46 SU and 58-55 ATS. The team’s gained 26.1 units for moneyline bettors and 1.6 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has hit in five of those seven.

Neither side has been a strong over/under play this season. Oakland games have an over/under record of 53-53-7 in 2018. The Dodgers have an over/under record of 56-54-3.

Clayton Kershaw will get the nod for Los Angeles. The left-handed Kershaw is 5-5 with a 2.55 ERA and 98 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Athletics this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Athletics will turn to lefty Brett Anderson (2-3, 4.64 ERA) to the mound. Anderson has 21 punchouts and 11 walks to his credit, as well as a 1.48 WHIP. Anderson only made one start against the Dodgers in 2017 (1-0, 0.00 ERA and two strikeouts across five innings).

Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The club’s starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.21, a WHIP of 1.23 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.6. The bullpen has a 3.31 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

Oakland’s hitters are putting up 4.8 runs per outing, including 4.4 per game over its last 10 games and 4.6 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .262/.335/.453 over its last five matchups and is 5-0 SU during that span.

Shortstop Marcus Semien and second baseman Jed Lowrie have led the Athletics’ offense this year. Semien is hitting .257/.317/.368 with seven home runs, 39 RBIs, 61 runs and 12 stolen bases, while Lowrie is hitting .267 with 17 homers, 68 RBIs and 48 runs.

For the visiting squad, Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 3.9 runs per game and its starters own a 3.35 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 9.50 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.85, along with a WHIP of 1.15 and a K-per-9 of 9.38.

The Dodgers offense has slashed .242/.326/.428 on its way to 4.8 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.3 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Los Angeles’ hitters have been led by outfielders Chris Taylor and Matt Kemp, who collectively have launched 29 home runs. Taylor is hitting .255/.330/.448 with 12 home runs, 50 RBIs and 64 runs scored. Kemp is slashing .289/.337/.490 with 17 homers, 64 RBIs and 50 runs scored.

The Dodgers have lost 4.7 units and are 18-21 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in 11 of those games, compared to 27 that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 4.0 units and are 20-19 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has hit in 17 of those games, compared to 18 that went under the total.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Oakland Athletics Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in only two of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • The Dodgers have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.
  • Oakland has recorded 21.8 runs + hits + errors per game over its last 10 games and 22.6 over its last five.