The best-of-seven battle for this season’s MLB National League Pennant gets underway on Monday night. Game 1 between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers is set for 8:08 p.m. (ET) on FOX. The next two games will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Atlanta won the NL East with a record of 35-25 which was four games better than the Miami Marlins. Those two teams met in the best-of-five NLDS with the Braves coming away with a three-game sweep.
They outscored the Marlins 18-5 to advance to this round in a rather impressive fashion. Atlanta opened the playoffs with a two-game sweep over the Cincinnati Reds in the best-of-three wild card round. The Braves outscored the Reds 6-0 to get this current hot streak started.
Los Angeles has also played a grand total of five games through the first two postseason rounds. The Dodgers got past the Milwaukee Brewers in two games by allowing two runs against their seven. In three straight victories against San Diego, they outscored the NL West rival Padres 23-9. LA’s current winning streak is nine games going back to Sept. 24.
It is safe to say that the two best teams in the NL are playing in this league championship series. The Dodgers have been heavy favorites to win the pennant all season long. The Braves were second on that list for most of the season as well.
Going into Monday night’s Game 1, the Dodgers are listed as -135 favorites playing at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. They will go with Walker Buehler as their starter. The Braves are +125 underdogs for the series opener with the total line set at eight runs. Atlanta’s scheduled starter is Max Fried.
The series price odds heavily favors Los Angeles at -220. The odds Atlanta wins the NL Pennant are +190. The best odds on the board for a prop covering the exact outcome are +340 for Los Angeles in six games. They move to +375 for LA in five.
You can get +700 odds for a Dodgers’ sweep. The best odds for an Atlanta victory are +575 with the series going the full seven games. The longest odds on the board are +2200 for an Atlanta sweep.
The prop for total games played favors six at +180 odds. They move to +225 for the full seven games. You can bet five games at +260 and four games at +525.
Each of these teams is playing at top form coming into the NLCS. The Dodgers have the nine- game winning streak and the Braves were completely dominant in their first five postseason games.
One of these teams will see their current winning streak continue with the other in an early 1-0 hole. If Los Angeles wins Game 1, its series price will go through the roof so you may want to bet it now. For some reason, I have Atlanta setting the early tone with a win on Monday night.
That is why I would bet the Braves now on the series price if you want to go with the underdog.
Overall, I am still going chalk with the Dodgers. They are the best team in baseball this year and they should go on to win the World Series. I have the Dodgers in six games as my official prediction but I am betting the Braves to win the opener on Monday night.
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