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Chicago CubsCincinnati Reds
May 3, 12:35 PM | GrassGreat American Ball Park

Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds Odds

9-15TEAM RECORD11-12

The Cincinnati Reds will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Chicago Cubs invade Great American Ball Park on Thursday.

Homer Bailey gets the call for the Cincinnati Reds and he will try to build on a 1-2 mark. In the other dugout, Ryan Dempster brings a 0-1 ledger to the game for the Cubs as he tries to quiet the Reds bats.

View Chi Cubs vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Reds as -135 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 8 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Reds rated this week at No. 13 and the Cubs sitting at No. 11.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Cincinnati has the National League's No. 9-rated offensive output, at 8 hits per game. The Cubs average 7.9 hits per game, good for No. 11 on the National League list.

Cincinnati owns the National League's No. 9 defense, allowing 4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Chicago's National League No. 12-rated defense.

In their last action, Chicago was a 3-1 winner on the road against the Reds. Bettors on Chicago at +146 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Cubs grabbed a win last time out, defeating Bronson Arroyo and the Reds 3-1 on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing LA Dodgers are 4-6
After playing Cincinnati are 4-6
After a win are 2-8

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5

A few Cubs at Reds trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 11 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
Cincinnati is 11-4 SU in their last 15 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Cincinnati's last 11 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Cincinnati is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Cincinnati's last 12 games

Next up:
Chi Cubs home to LA Dodgers, Friday, May 4
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, Friday, May 4

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