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Houston AstrosAtlanta Braves
Aug 3, 7:35 PM | GrassTurner Field

Houston Astros vs Atlanta Braves Odds

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Atlanta will try to be nasty hosts on Friday when the Houston Astros pay a visit to Turner Field.

Atlanta sends Tim Hudson out against Armando Galarraga for the Astros in this game. Hudson is 10-4 with a 3.68 ERA on the season, while Galarraga is 0-0 on the year and has a 3.60 ERA.

View Houston vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-270 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 8 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Braves, most recently No. 6 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Astros, who rate a National League No. 16 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 4 ranked National League offense (4.6 runs per game) against a Astros defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 15 in the National League at 5.1 runs allowed per game. The Braves have been averaging 8.7 hits per game, more than the Astros have managed so far this season (8.1 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Atlanta has the National League's No. 7-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Astros own the National League's No. 15 mark in runs allowed.

Houston was a 13-4 loser in its last match on the road against the Brewers. They lost as +225 underdogs, while the total score of 17 made winners of OVER bettors. Houston didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 13-4 to Milwaukee on Wednesday at Miller Park.

Atlanta won its last outing, a 6-1 result against the Marlins on August 2. Bettors who backed the Braves at -177 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Braves enjoyed a 6-1 victory at the expense of the Marlins on Thursday, with Mike Minor throwing 3 2/3 innings of 2-hit ball at Turner Field.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Atlanta are 2-8
After playing Milwaukee are 4-6
After a loss are 1-9

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing Miami are 9-1
After a win are 8-2

A few Astros at Braves trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
Atlanta is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Atlanta is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston at Atlanta, Saturday, August 4

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