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Baseball odds preview - Washington vs. Chicago

Washington NationalsChicago Cubs
Aug 22, 2:20 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs Odds

62-64TEAM RECORD54-72

The Washington Nationals will look to grab a road win when they take on the Cubs in Chicago at Wrigley Field on Thursday in baseball odds action.

Travis Wood gets the call for the Chicago Cubs and he will try to build on a 7-10 mark. In the other dugout, Stephen Strasburg brings a 6-9 ledger to the game for the Nationals as he tries to quiet the Cubs bats.

View Washington vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Cubs in this matchup found them as +134 underdogs on the MLB money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was 999 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Cubs, most recently No. 12 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Nationals, who rate a National League No. 8 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Chicago's National League No. 9-ranked scoring average of 3.9 runs per game, against a Nationals offense rated No. 12 and scoring 3.8 runs per game in the league. The Cubs have averaged 8.2 hits per game to date this season, almost the same as the Nationals hitters have managed (8.2 per nine innings).

Defensively, Washington features the National League's No. 9-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.3 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 6 in the National League at home, scoring 4.2 runs per game.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 11-6 winner as they battled the Cubs on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at -103 were rewarded, while the 17 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Nationals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Jake Arrieta and the Cubs 11-6 on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Kansas City are 6-3
After playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 1-9
Before playing San Diego are 4-6
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

A few Nationals at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 9 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Washington's last 13 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
Washington is 7-3 SU in their last 10 games when playing Chi Cubs
Washington is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 9 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs' last 13 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi Cubs' last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games

Next up:
Washington at Kansas City, Friday, August 23
Chi Cubs at San Diego, Friday, August 23