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NLDS Odds: Dodgers battle Braves

The Los Angeles Dodgers will begin their NLDS on the road on Thursday night as they take on the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field to get the best-of-five MLB betting series underway.

The Dodgers are 4-6 over their past 10 games against the Braves dating back to last season, with the teams splitting their most recent series 2-2 in Los Angeles back in June. The OVER/UNDER has gone 2-8 in their past 10 matchups.

Clayton Kershaw gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Dodgers on this day; he's 16-9 on the season. The Braves, meanwhile, will counter with Kris Medlen, who will be looking to improve on his 15-12 mark.

View Los Angeles Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves Odds and Stats.

Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Dodgers listed as favorites of -140 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 6, check for updates at 5Dimes.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Braves rated this week at No. 9 and the Dodgers sitting at No. 17.

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The Dodgers were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Rockies. That made winners of bettors who got Colorado at +189 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. Los Angeles didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 2-1 to Colorado on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

The Braves were a 12-5 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Phillies. That made winners of bettors who got Atlanta at -246 on the moneyline, while the total score (17) was good news for OVER bettors. The Braves enjoyed a 12-5 victory at the expense of the Phillies on Sunday, with Julio Teheran throwing 5 innings of 6-hit ball at Turner Field.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 13 ranked offense (4.25 runs per game) against a Dodgers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 3 at 3.59 runs allowed per game. The Braves have been averaging 8.36 hits per game, less than the Dodgers have managed so far this season (8.93 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, Los Angeles owns the No. 4-rated road mark, allowing 3.63 runs per game on the highway. Atlanta, on the other hand, rates No. 8 in scoring at home.

A few Dodgers at Braves trends to consider:
LA Dodgers is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of LA Dodgers's last 9 games
Atlanta is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Atlanta's last 17 games

Next up:
Los Angeles at Atlanta, Friday, October 4th