Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers NLCS Game 7 odds, picks and best bets
The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers play for all the National League marbles in a deciding Game 7 of the NL Championship Series Sunday at 8:15 p.m. ET (on FOX and FS1) at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. As the top seed, the Dodgers are the home team. Below, we analyze the Braves-Dodgers MLB betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets.
Saturday: Dodgers won 3-1.
In the bottom of the first inning, SS Corey Seager and 3B Justin Turner hit back-to-back solo homers and CF Cody Bellinger added an RBI single as L.A. scored all the runs it needed. RHP Walker Buehler (6 scoreless innings) and three relievers took care of business on the mound.
Braves vs. Dodgers: Projected starting pitchers
RHP Ian Anderson vs. TBD
Anderson, who made his MLB debut Aug. 26, finished the regular season 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA (32 1/3 IP, 7 ER) in 6 starts. More impressive is that he's 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (15 2/3 IP) in 3 playoff starts, allowing just 6 hits and 8 walks with 22 K's.
- Last start: No-decision, 4 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 5 BB, 5 K in Tuesday's Game 2, his only career appearance vs. Dodgers - Braves won 8-7
- Hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 4 starts over a total of 21 1/3 innings
- Including the postseason, allowed just one home run all season. That was in his MLB debut to eventual 2020 HR champ Luke Voit of the New York Yankees.
As of 2:15 p.m. ET, the Dodgers hadn't announced a starting pitcher. Manager Dave Roberts did say RHP Tony Gonsolin (2-2, 2.31 ERA regular season) would "take down a good bit" of the innings. There is a chance LHP Clayton Kershaw (6-2, 2.16 ERA) could get the start.
- Gonsolin was the losing pitcher in Game 2, allowing 5 runs in 4 1/3 innings on Tuesday.
- Kershaw's postseason struggles continued as he took the Game 4 loss, yielding 4 runs in 5 innings Thursday. His career postseason record fell to 11-12 with a 4.31 ERA.
- Kershaw is 3-6 with a 4.84 ERA in 14 career NLCS outings.
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Braves vs. Dodgers: Key injuries
- 2B-OF Chris Taylor (ankle) questionable
Braves vs. Dodgers: Odds, lines, picks and betting tips
Dodgers 4, Braves 2
Money line (ML)
The DODGERS (- 143) are the play … because of Seager (.375, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs in this NLCS) and RF Mookie Betts. As I said before Game 6, "Betts just makes things happen." Meanwhile, Seager is on fire, hitting two homers in Game 5 and setting the tone in Game 6 with his first-inning solo homer.
New to sports betting? Every winning $1.43 bet on the Dodgers ML profits $1. Every $1 bet on the Braves ML (+130) profits $1.30 if they prevail.
No line posted as of this publishing, but I'll PASS and focus on the Dodgers ML and the Under.
The UNDER 8 ( -121) is the STRONGEST PLAY - 1.5 times your usual wager. A low-scoring game can be expected in a Game 7.
Plus, both bullpens were among the best in baseball during the regular season. L.A. relievers posted a 2.74 ERA to lead the NL and rank second in the majors; Atlanta relievers were second in the NL and fourth in the majors with a 3.50 ERA.
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