Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Preview

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The Washington Nationals are ready to play the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. This NL matchup will be nationally televised on ESPN and the game gets underway 8:08 p.m. ET.

Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Odds

Washington (+165) is hosting this one as the underdog against Los Angeles (-175) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this day game at 8 runs (-105 for the under and -115 for the over). Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the current runline odds standing at -135 for the Nationals +1.5 runs and +115 for the Dodgers -1.5 runs.

The Dodgers are 9-10 SU and 7-11 ATS. They’ve lost 8.1 units for moneyline bettors and 4.2 units against the spread (ATS). Los Angeles has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in all seven of them. The Nationals have gone 10-11 SU this year and are 9-11 ATS. In total, the teams lost 5.2 units for gamblers taking the moneyline in the seasons early going and 3.0 units ATS. Washington has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has cashed in five of those seven.

Dodgers games have an over/under record of 11-7 so far in 2018. Washington has an over/under record of 10-8-2.

Jeremy Hellickson will get the nod for Washington. The right-handed Hellickson is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and three strikeouts. He has yet to face the Dodgers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Dodgers are handing the ball to lefty Alex Wood (0-2, 3.91 ERA), who’s got 22 strikeouts and one walks, as well as a 0.74 WHIP. Wood only made one start against the Nationals in 2017 (1-0, 0.00 ERA and eight strikeouts across six innings).

As a unit, Los Angeles pitching staff has allowed 4.1 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 3.36 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.94 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 9.8 K/9.

The Los Angeles hitters have put up 4.7 runs per contest, including 6.1 per game over its last 10 games and 7.2 per game over their last five. The team has hit .267/.360/.460 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Dodgers offense has been led by catcher Yasmani Grandal and left fielder Matt Kemp. Grandal is hitting .350/.443/.583 with three home runs, 14 RBIs and 10 runs scored, while Kemp’s line is .321/.362/.547 with three homers, 10 RBIs and seven runs.

In the visiting dugout, Washington’s pitchers have allowed 4.6 runs per game and its starters own a 3.20 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 10.23 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.88, along with a K/9 of 11.33.

Nationals hitters have slashed .231/.331/.379 on their way to 4.3 runs scored per game this year, including 3.9 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Outfielder Bryce Harper and shortstop Trea Turner have led Washington’s offense. Harper is slashing .277/.469/.662 with eight home runs, 19 RBIs and 20 runs scored, while Turner (.247/.365/.333) has produced one homers, four RBIs, nine runs and eight steals.

Putting up a slash line of .311/.357/.445 across 129 plate appearances, Harper did not seem to enjoy hitting against left-handed pitchers in 2017 (compared to his overall season slash line of .317/.411/.596).

The Nationals have lost 4.0 units and are 2-4 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in three of those games, as opposed to two that’ve hit the under against lefty starters. On the other hand, the Dodgers have lost 7.8 units and are 4-8 ATS when facing a righty starter. The overs hit in 10 of those games, compared to two that went under the total.

Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • The Dodgers have won five of their last six games SU.
  • Washington has recorded 18.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 19.4 over its last five.
  • The Nationals have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games. The Dodgers have hit 15 over their last 10.