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Best vs Worst: Cubs Hosting Braves

If you’re expecting a tightly contested, nail-biting weekend series you may not want to tune in to the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves. The Cubs hold the MLB’s best record at 16-5 with the Braves entering the series with a league worst 5-17. To put the cherry on the top, is the Braves have lost the past six outings against the Cubbies.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 6-1 in the Braves and Cubs past seven meetings at Wrigley Field.
  • Jon Lester has a 2.78 ERA in five career starts against the Braves.
  • Kris Bryant’s status is in question, as the Cubs 3B suffered a mild ankle strain Thursday.

We can also expect a lopsided matchup of pitchers Friday afternoon. The Cubs will send 10-year veteran Jon Lester to the mound while Aaron Blair will make his second career start for the Braves. Lester has allowed just one earned run in his four starts this season while posting a 1.98 ERA. Comparably, Blair allowed six hits and three earned runs over 5.1 innings in his first career outing.

Fun Fact: Anthony Rizzo has hit five home runs in the Cubs past seven games. That’s one more home run than the entire Braves roster has so far this season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Chicago Cubs as -275 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB betting odds matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Cubs to win this game 7.7-1.4. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Atlanta Braves vs Chicago Cubs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Cubs sport a record of 16-5 heading into this matchup, while the Atlanta Braves sit at 5-17 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Atlanta injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 1 (Chicago Cubs) and the No. 29 (Atlanta Braves) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Chicago Cubs and its No. 2-rated batting order, averaging 6.19 runs per nine innings, against the No. 29 line up of the Atlanta Braves at 3.36 runs per outing.

Comparing defensive stats, Atlanta owns the No. 23-rated road mark, allowing 4.56 runs per game on the highway. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 5 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Atlanta rolled to a 5-3 win against Boston on Thursday, as J Chacin and the Braves' bats led the team to victory at Fenway Park.

Chicago got the job done in their last match in a 7-2 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday at Wrigley Field behind starter J Arrieta.

Betting Trends
  • Atlanta is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
  • Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Atlanta is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 7 games
  • Chi Cubs is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs's last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Atlanta at Chicago, Saturday, April 30th

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