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Dodgers face Houston Astros: MLB odds preview and stats

Los Angeles DodgersHouston Astros
April 20, 8:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros Odds

10-3TEAM RECORD5-8

Houston will look to improve on its 5-8 record when take on Los Angeles, a key part of the MLB odds lineup on Friday.

For the Astros, JA Happ gets the ball, charged with keeping the Dodgers hitters off the base paths. He'll face Ted Lilly, 1-0 on the year.

View LA Dodgers vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Dodgers listed as favorites of 105 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7.5, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Astros at No. 10 in the National League and the Dodgers at No. 16 in the National League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Dodgers rank No. 10 in the National League at 8.2 hits per game. That compares with Houston’s No. 3 ranking in that category.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Houston has the National League's No. 7-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Dodgers own the National League's No. 5 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Brewers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Dodgers at +106 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Los Angeles looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Brewers, a 4-3 final on Thursday in support of Aaron Harang at Miller Park.

In their last action, Houston was a 11-4 winner on the road against the Nationals. Bettors on Houston at +142 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (15) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Astros enjoyed a 11-4 victory at the expense of the Nationals on Thursday, with Bud Norris throwing 6 innings of 10-hit ball at Nationals Park.

Los Angeles Dodgers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Houston are 4-6
After playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing LA Dodgers are 4-6
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few Dodgers at Astros trends to consider:
LA Dodgers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Dodgers' last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
LA Dodgers are 11-3 SU in their last 14 games
LA Dodgers are 17-8 SU in their last 25 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Houston's last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Houston's last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
LA Dodgers at Houston, Saturday, April 21

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