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Red Sox hit diamond at Dodger Stadium

Interleague action highlights the MLB betting board for Friday night this week as the Boston Red Sox open up a three-game road series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Boston will turn to John Lackey on Friday, with the righthander 8-10 with a 3.22 ERA. Lackey is a 5-2 with a 1.89 ERA in 10 career outings against the Dodgers, and he held the Yankees to just one run over 6 2-3 innings last time out.

Ricky Nolasco gets the call for the Los Angeles Dodgers and he will try to build on a 9-9 mark.

View Boston vs LA Dodgers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Dodgers as -114 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7.5 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the American League's No. 3-rated Red Sox taking on the National League's No. 2-rated Dodgers in this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles' No. 6 ranked National League offense (4.1 runs per game) against a Red Sox defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 7 in the American League at 4.1 runs allowed per game. The Dodgers have been averaging 9.1 hits per game, less than the Red Sox have managed so far this season (9.6 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Los Angeles has the National League's No. 4-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Red Sox own the American League's No. 7 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Boston was a 12-1 winner on the road against the Giants. Bettors on Boston at -160 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (13) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Boston enjoyed a laugher in their last game on Wednesday, running up a 12-1 score against the Giants.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 6-0 winner on the road against the Marlins. Bettors on Los Angeles at -240 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Dodgers didn’t allow a single run in their last start, as their staff shut out Miami 6-0 on Thursday at Marlins Park.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing LA Dodgers are 6-3
After playing San Francisco are 7-3
After a win are 3-7

Los Angeles Dodgers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Boston are 5-4
After playing Miami are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

A few Red Sox at Dodgers trends to consider:
Boston is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing LA Dodgers
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games when playing LA Dodgers
LA Dodgers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
LA Dodgers are 13-2 SU in their last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of LA Dodgers' last 17 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers' last 6 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston at LA Dodgers, Saturday, August 24