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Atlanta Braves home to Nationals in baseball betting action

Washington NationalsAtlanta Braves
Aug 18, 1:35 PM | GrassTurner Field

Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves Odds

60-62TEAM RECORD75-48

A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Washington duelling Atlanta on Sunday at Turner Field.

The match puts starter Gio Gonzalez for the Nationals on the hill facing Julio Teheran for the Braves. Gonzalez brings a 7-5 mark to the game, while Teheran is 9-6 to date on the season.

View Washington vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Braves were listed as -125 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 7 earlier at TopBet.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 5-ranked Braves and the National League No. 8-rated Nationals in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 2 ranked National League offense (4.5 runs per game) against a Nationals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 6 in the National League at 4 runs allowed per game. The Braves have been averaging 8.6 hits per game, more than the Nationals have managed so far this season (8.2 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Atlanta has the National League's No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Nationals own the National League's No. 6 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Washington, they were an 8-7 winner as they battled the Braves on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at +110 were rewarded, while the 15 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Washington won a close affair on Saturday in their last outing, defeating Atlantan 8-7 in extra innings at Turner Field.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Chi Cubs are 8-2
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing NY Mets are 6-4
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a loss are 9-1

A few Nationals at Braves trends to consider:
Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Washington's last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 10 games when playing Atlanta
Atlanta is 18-3 SU in its last 21 games
Atlanta is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Washington
Atlanta is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing at home against Washington

Next up:
Washington at Chi Cubs, Monday, August 19
Atlanta at NY Mets, Tuesday, August 20