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Braves open MLB series against Tigers

The Atlanta Braves will be on the road in marquee MLB betting action this weekend, as they open a three-game interleague series against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Friday night.

The last time the Braves faced the Tigers was back in June 2010, when Atlanta took two of three games from Detroit at home. Atlanta's probable pitcher for Friday is Paul Maholm, who has allowed just three runs over 26 1-3 innings this season.

Anibal Sanchez gets the call for the Detroit Tigers and he will try to build on a 2-1 mark. In the other dugout, Paul Maholm brings a 3-1 ledger to the game for the Braves as he tries to quiet the Tigers bats.

View Atlanta vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Braves listed as underdogs of +-137 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7.5, check for updates at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The Tigers - Braves odds would favor the Tigers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Detroit is rated No. 2 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Atlanta is at No. 14 in the National League.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 6-rated American League offense, averaging 4.5 runs per game, against a Braves defense that ranks No. 1 in the National League at 2.6 in runs allowed per game. The Tigers have averaged 10 hits per game so far, more than Braves batters have averaged on the year (8.4 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Detroit has the American League's No. 8-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Braves own the National League's No. 1 mark in runs allowed.

The Braves were a 6-5 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rockies. That made winners of bettors who got Colorado at +108 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors. The Braves got to extra innings, but lost when they got there against Colorado on Wednesday; it was a 6-5 final at Coors Field in MLB wagering action.

Last time out for Detroit, they were an 8-3 loser as they battled the Royals at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Royals at +161 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Detroit lost in extra innings against the Royals on Thursday as Kansas City edged them 8-3 at Comerica Park.

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing Colorado are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

A few Braves at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing Detroit
Atlanta is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
Atlanta is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
Detroit is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Atlanta

Next up:
Atlanta at Detroit, Saturday, April 27