Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves Game Odds & Free Pick

October 17, 7:38 PM EDT

Betting Odds

LAD -175/Atl +155
LAD -1.5 -105/Atl +1.5 +115
7.5un -110

After taking the opener of this National League championship series Saturday night the underdog Braves shoot for the 2-0 lead on the Dodgers Sunday night. Atlanta opened this series as a +180 betting dog to win it, even with home-field advantage. Now, with one win in their pocket the Braves are still getting +130, with Los Angeles chalked at -150. Ian Anderson gets the call for Atlanta here against big bad Max Scherzer for LA. How are we playing this game with our free baseball betting pick?

NLCS Betting Odds

The baseball betting lines opened LA and Scherzer at around -170 over Atlanta and Anderson, with an over/under of 7.5. Early betting action then bumped the Dodgers to -175. Dodgers-Braves NLCS Betting Preview Atlanta grabbed Game 1 of this series Saturday night 3-2 with a run in the bottom of the ninth. The Braves won Saturday as a pick ‘em choice on the betting lines and the game played under a total of eight runs. So Atlanta, after losing Game 1 of its NLDS against Milwaukee, has now won four games in a row while Los Angeles is 3-3 this postseason. The Dodgers finished 17.5 games ahead of the Braves in the regular-season standings, 106-56 to 88-73, and took the season series from Atlanta four games to two.

Game 2 Pitching Match-Up

Anderson, by our tough accounting, hit 9/24 on quality starts this season but he’s also two for his last three. Monday in Game 3 of the NLDS against Milwaukee he tossed five innings of three-hit, shutout ball in a 3-0 Atlanta victory. And over his last three starts he’s allowed just three runs and eight hits through 18 innings, with four walks against 16 strikeouts. The Braves played 13-11 with Anderson this season and they’re 1-0 with him this postseason. In his one start against the Dodgers this season, back in June, Anderson tossed four scoreless innings, then couldn’t get out of the fifth and got charged with four runs in a 9-5 Atlanta loss. Scherzer hit 18/31 on quality starts this year and he’s 1/1 this postseason with a save. Monday, in Game 3 of that NLDS against San Francisco he allowed just one run and three hits through seven innings, with one walk and 10 whiffs, although LA lost that game 1-0. Then Thursday he got the last three outs on 13 pitches to close out LA’s series-clinching 2-1 Game 5 victory. The Dodgers played a perfect 12-0 with Scherzer during the regular season and while they’re 0-1 with him this postseason that’s not his fault. Over two starts this season against Atlanta, one while still with Washington, Scherzer allowed four runs and eight hits, including four solo home runs, through 12 innings, with zero walks against 18 K’s. His teams won both those games.

Splits With the Sticks

The Dodgers batted .245 against right-handed pitching this season, with a .334 team OBP and a .425 team slugging percentage. The Braves slashed .245/.321/.440 against RH pitching.

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The Bullpens

The Los Angeles bullpen posted a 3.16 ERA this season, which ranked No. 2 in Baseball, along with a 1.19 WHIP, which ranked No. 3, and a 2.42 K/BB ratio. The Braves bullpen put up a 3.97 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP and a 2.47 K/BB ratio.

MLB Betting Trends

  • The Dodgers played 48-33 on the road this season.
  • The Braves played 42-38 at home.
  • The Dodgers played 73-42 against RH starters this season.
  • The Braves played 65-55 against RH starters.

Totals Report

Unders played 81-70 in Dodgers games this season. Unders played 75-74 in Braves games. Overs played 40-31 at Truist Park this season. Unders are a combined 31-22 with Anderson and Scherzer this season.

LA Dodgers at Atlanta Braves Game 2 Prediction

Scherzer gets the check-mark in the pitching match-up and Los Angeles gets the check-mark in the bullpen comparison so we like the Dodgers here. Plus, of LA’s 12 wins with Scherzer 10 have come by at least two runs. And in knowing the visiting team will bat nine times we’ll chase a better price and play the Dodgers against the run line.   

Free Pick: 
Take the Dodgers -1.5 runs