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April 18, 7:05 PM | GrassPNC Park

Atlanta Braves vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

12-2TEAM RECORD7-7

MLB wagering interest swings to the Pittsburgh vs Atlanta battle on Thursday at PNC Park as the Pirates try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Jeff Locke gets the call for the Pittsburgh Pirates and he will try to build on a 1-1 mark. In the other dugout, Julio Teheran brings a 0-0 ledger to the game for the Braves as he tries to quiet the Pirates bats.

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Betting Line:
Those going with the Pirates in this one found them listed as moneyline underdogs of +116 at TopBet for Monday's contest. The total was hovering near 8 at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 10 (Pirates) and the No. 11 (Braves) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Braves rank No. 8 in the National League at 8.6 hits per game. That compares with Pittsburgh’s No. 14 ranking in that category.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Pittsburgh has the National League's No. 5-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Braves own the National League's No. 1 mark in runs allowed.

The Braves were a 1-0 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Royals. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at +157 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for UNDER bettors. Atlanta didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Wade Davis in a losing cause, 1-0, against Kansas City on Wednesday.

The Pirates were a 5-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Cardinals. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at +101 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Pirates didn’t allow a single run in their last start, as their staff shut out St. Louis 5-0 on Wednesday at PNC Park.

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After playing Kansas City are 2-5
After a loss are 7-3

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing St. Louis are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few Braves at Pirates trends to consider:
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Atlanta is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Atlanta
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Atlanta at Pittsburgh, Friday, April 19

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