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April 20, 2:20 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs Odds

5-8TEAM RECORD3-10

The visiting Reds hope for a solid performance on Friday as they look to steal a win at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.

The match puts starter Homer Bailey for the Reds on the hill facing Chris Volstad for the Cubs. Bailey brings a 0-2 mark to the game, while Volstad is 0-1 to date on the season.

View Cincinnati vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Cubs were listed as -101 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 999 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The Cubs sit at No. 4 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Reds sit at a National League No. 3 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 12 ranked National League offense (3.5 runs per game) against a Reds defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 10 in the National League at 4.3 runs allowed per game. The Cubs have been averaging 7.6 hits per game, more than the Reds have managed so far this season (7.5 hits on average).

Defensively, Cincinnati features the National League's No. 10-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.3 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the National League at home, scoring 3.9 runs per game.

In their last action, Cincinnati was a 6-3 winner on the road against the Cardinals. Bettors on Cincinnati at +139 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Cincinnati got the job done in their last match in a 6-3 victory over St. Louis on Thursday at Busch Stadium behind starter Bronson Arroyo.

The Cubs were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Marlins. That made winners of bettors who got Miami at -155 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors. Chicago looks to rebound from a loss to the Marlins, who beat them 5-3 on Thursday behind a start from Ricky Nolasco at Marlins Park.

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After playing St. Louis are 4-6
After a win are 3-7

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Cincinnati are 7-3
After playing Miami are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

A few Reds at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cincinnati's last 10 games
Cincinnati is 17-8 SU in their last 25 games when playing Chi Cubs
Cincinnati is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 12 games at home

Next up:
Cincinnati at Chi Cubs, Saturday, April 21

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