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Nationals continue series in Atlanta

The Washington Nationals will send Gio Gonzalez to the mound on Saturday night as they continue their three-game MLB betting series on the road at Turner Field against the Atlanta Braves.

Gonzalez is 0-2 in two starts against the Braves so far this season, with the lefthander going 2-4 with a 6.75 ERA over his six career outings against Atlanta. Gonzalez is 3-3 with a 3.90 ERA on the season, fanning 60 over his 62 2-3 innings of work.

For the Braves, Tim Hudson gets the ball, charged with keeping the Nationals hitters off the base paths.

View Washington vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, Atlanta sat as -118 favorites earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 7, according to 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Braves at No. 9 in the National League and the Nationals at No. 12 in the National League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Atlanta has the National League's No. 5-rated offensive output, at 8.2 hits per game. The Nationals average 7.6 hits per game, good for No. 14 on the National League list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Atlanta has the National League's No. 4-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Nationals own the National League's No. 6 mark in runs allowed.

Washington won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Braves on May 31. Bettors who backed the Nationals at -103 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Washington got the job done in their last match in a 3-2 victory over Atlanta on Friday at Turner Field behind starter Stephen Strasburg.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Atlanta are 2-8
After playing Atlanta are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Washington are 8-2
After playing Washington are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

A few Nationals at Braves trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
Atlanta is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Washington
Atlanta is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington at Atlanta, Sunday, June 2

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