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Kershaw Primed to Reach Incredible Milestone Against World Champs

10 K’s away from 2 K strikeouts, Clayton Kershaw has an excellent shot of reaching that prestigious milestone this afternoon when takes the hill against a suddenly anemic Cubs’ batting order. As per usual, the Dodgers will be favored with Kershaw hurling today and if they can manage a run or two, they should win.

SHARK BITES
  • The Dodgers have not been a betting underdog with Kershaw as their starter in nearly 5 seasons.
  • The Cubs have been shutout in 3 straight road games.
  • Kershaw has given up an average of 1 run per game over his last 4 starts.

All that said about Clayton Kershaw, it’s easy to forget just how good his counterpart, Jon Lester, is. The Cubs’ ace, like Kershaw, is coming off his first complete game of the season and is 3-0 in his last three starts against the Dodgers, the only problem? None of those starts came opposite the best pitcher in the majors.

Today’s total opened at 6.5 and if the Cubs’ bats continue to be quiet, they may not hang a single digit on the scoreboard. The total has gone OVER just nine times in Kershaw’s last 30 starts and twice in Lester’s last 10 starts against the Dodgers so although the total may seem low, UNDER is the play here.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Los Angeles Dodgers as -161 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB betting odds matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 6.5 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.1-1.9 win for the Dodgers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Dodgers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Los Angeles (30-20) will face the 25-23 Cubs in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Chicago injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 1 (Los Angeles Dodgers) and the No. 17 (Chicago Cubs) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Los Angeles Dodgers No. 8-rated offense, averaging 4.94 runs per game, against a Chicago Cubs defense that ranks No. 18 at 4.54 in runs allowed per game. The Los Angeles Dodgers have averaged 8.58 hits per game so far, more than Chicago Cubs batters have averaged on the year (8.27 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Los Angeles has the No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the No. 18 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by B McCarthy in a losing cause, 5-0, against Los Angeles on Saturday.

Betting Trends
  • Chi Cubs is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games
  • Chi Cubs is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • LA Dodgers is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
  • LA Dodgers is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers's last 5 games
  • LA Dodgers is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at San Diego, Monday, May 29th
Los Angeles at St. Louis, Monday, May 29th

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