Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers Odds
Chicago (+125) is the underdog against Los Angeles (-135) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this game at 7.5 runs (+105 for the over and -125 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds standing at Cubs +1.5 runs (-170) and Dodgers -1.5 runs (+150).
The Dodgers are 41-35 straight up (SU) and 34-41 against the spread (ATS). The team’s lost 16.8 units for moneyline bettors and 6.7 units (ATS). Los Angeles has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in six of those seven. The Cubs are 42-33 SU and have gone 37-37 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 4.5 units for moneyline gamblers, but have gained 1.1 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.
Dodgers games have had an over/under record of 37-36-2 so far in 2018. The Cubs have been a decent under bet with a total record of 30-43-1.
The right-handed Duane Underwood Jr. is projected to start for the visiting Cubs. Underwood Jr. has yet to pitch in the majors this season and Chicago is hoping that he fares okay against MLB hitters.
The Dodgers will put the ball in the right hand of Kenta Maeda (4-4, 3.84 ERA), who has 71 strikeouts and 26 walks as well as a 1.39 WHIP. Maeda is 0-0 with two strikeouts and a 7.36 ERA in one start against Chicago this year.
Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 3.7 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.57 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 7.93 K/9. The bullpen has logged a solid ERA of just 3.12, along with a K/9 of 9.15.
The Cubs offense has slashed .257/.341/.416 on its way to 4.8 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).
Chicago’s hitters have been led by third baseman Kris Bryant and second baseman Javier Baez, who’ve collectively blasted 23 home runs. Bryant is slashing .280/.383/.481 with nine home runs, 36 RBIs and 40 runs scored, while Baez is hitting .269 with 14 homers, 50 RBIs, 43 runs and 13 stolen bases.
For the home team, Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 3.9 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have a 3.56 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.64 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 9.1 K/9.
Los Angeles’ offense has put up 4.7 runs per outing, including 3.6 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .240/.320/.469 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that span.
The Dodgers’ batters have been led by outfielders Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor. Kemp is hitting .318/.353/.551 with 13 home runs, 47 RBIs and 34 runs scored, and Taylor’s line is .251/.336/.448 with eight homers, 29 RBIs and 46 runs.
The Cubs have lost 8.2 units and are 29-30 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 24 of those games, as opposed to 34 that’ve gone under against righties. On the other hand, the Dodgers have lost 19.1 units and are 20-29 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 32 of those games, compared to 16 which went under the total.
Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Dodgers, ATS Winner – Cubs, O/U – UNDER
The under has hit in five of Chicago’s last seven games.
Los Angeles has posted 17.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 21.6 over its last five.
The Cubs have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Dodgers have hit 17 over their last 10.
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