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Dodgers set to play host to Nationals

The Washington Nationals will be looking to add to the Los Angeles Dodgers' misery on Monday night as those two NL teams open up a three-game MLB betting series at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers will be looking to coax a win out of Josh Beckett on Monday night, with the righthander 0-4 with a 5.13 ERA over his first seven starts of the season. Los Angeles is 1-6 in Beckett's outings; he's given up 47 hits over 40 1-3 innings.

Washington counters with Jordan Zimmermann, who will try to quiet the fans and the Dodgers bats at the same time.

View Washington vs LA Dodgers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Nationals were listed as 115 favorites on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes. The total was set at 6.5 before betting started earlier on Monday over at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
The Dodgers - Nationals odds would favor the Dodgers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Los Angeles is rated No. 8 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Washington is at No. 12 in the National League.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Los Angeles' National League No. 14-ranked scoring average of 3.5 runs per game, against a Nationals offense rated No. 12 and scoring 3.5 runs per game in the league. The Dodgers have averaged 8.7 hits per game to date this season, more than the Nationals hitters have managed (7.5 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Washington owns the National League's No. 12-rated road mark, allowing 4.7 runs per game on the highway. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 14 in scoring at home.

The Nationals were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Cubs. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at +159 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. Washington looks to rebound from a loss to the Cubs, who beat them 2-1 on Sunday behind a start from Scott Feldman at Nationals Park.

Los Angeles was a 5-3 winner in its last match at home against the Marlins. They won as -180 favorites, while the total score of 8 made winners of UNDER bettors. Los Angeles looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Marlins, a 5-3 final on Sunday in support of Chris Capuano at Dodger Stadium.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing LA Dodgers are 2-8
After playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Los Angeles Dodgers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 5-5
After playing Miami are 7-3
After a win are 4-6

A few Nationals at Dodgers trends to consider:
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Washington is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 17 of Washington's last 24 games on the road
LA Dodgers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 13 of LA Dodgers' last 16 games at home
LA Dodgers are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 17 of LA Dodgers' last 24 games

Next up:
Washington at LA Dodgers, Tuesday, May 14