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Baseball Matchup - Washington Nationals Atlanta Braves Odds Preview

Atlanta BravesWashington Nationals
Aug 5, 7:05 PM | GrassNationals Park

Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals Odds

67-45TEAM RECORD54-57

Baseball bettors look for value at Nationals Park on Monday as host Washington battles the Atlanta Braves in baseball odds action.

Mike Minor, with a record of 11-5 on the season, gets the ball for the Braves, while the Nationals trot Stephen Strasburg to the mound in this one. He is 5-9 so far in 2013.

View Atlanta vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors were +133 moneyline underdogs in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including TopBet. The total was 7 at GTbets.eu for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The Nationals sit at No. 8 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Braves sit at a National League No. 7 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington's No. 14-rated National League offense, averaging 3.7 runs per game, against a Braves defense that ranks No. 2 in the National League at 3.5 in runs allowed per game. The Nationals have averaged 8 hits per game so far, less than Braves batters have averaged on the year (8.6 hits per game).

Washington owns the National League's No. 7 defense, allowing 4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Atlanta's National League No. 2-rated defense.

In their last action, Atlanta was a 4-1 winner on the road against the Phillies. Bettors on Atlanta at +120 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Atlanta looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Phillies, a 4-1 final on Sunday in support of Alex Wood at Citizens Bank Park.

Last time out for Washington, they were an 8-5 loser as they battled the Brewers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Brewers at -114 were rewarded, while the 13 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Washington suffered an 8-5 loss against Milwaukee on Sunday, as Taylor Jordan wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Miller Park.

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Washington are 7-3
After playing Philadelphia are 8-2
After a win are 9-1

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Atlanta are 3-7
After playing Milwaukee are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few Braves at Nationals trends to consider:
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Washington
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Washington's last 23 games
Washington is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games

Next up:
Atlanta at Washington, Tuesday, August 6