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Can Astros Keep Their Undefeated Home Record Intact in Game 3?

After one of the best World Series games in recent history, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers will have a tough time following up the epic Game 2 when the series shifts to the Lone Star State on Friday.

Xbet opened the Dodgers as +120 road underdogs with a total of 8.

Shark Bites
  • The favored team is 11-4 SU in the last 15 games in this matchup.
  • The Dodgers are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games in the playoffs.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Dodgers’ last seven games on the road.

Yu Darvish and Lance McCullers Jr. will get the start for the Dodgers and ’Stros, respectively. Darvish (2-0, 1.59 ERA) has struck out 14 batters in 11.1 innings of work in the postseason to improve to 2-2 with a 3.52 ERA in four career playoff starts. The 31-year-old enjoyed pitching at Minute Maid Park when he was with Texas, evidenced by him going 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA and 0.74 WHIP in six career outings there.

McCullers has notched a 2.33 ERA in four playoff appearances and is making his second start of the playoffs. The hurler has been fantastic for Houston, recording 13 strikeouts in as many innings.

The Astros are favored for a reason tonight, and that reason is their dominance at home. Houston has yet to lose at home in the postseason, going 6-0 in six tilts in Texas. Another reason Astros bettors will be intrigued tonight is the failures of visiting teams when these teams get together, as road clubs have gone 1-6 SU in the last seven matchups between Houston and L.A.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Baseball betting oddsmakers, including BetOnline, opened the Houston Astros as -119 moneyline favorites in this matchup. OVER/UNDER totals bettors saw the number open at 8.5 at shops such as Bovada.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 4.0-2.2 victory for the Dodgers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Astros sport a record of 109-66 heading into this matchup, while the Los Angeles Dodgers sit at 112-60 on the season. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The OddsShark MLB Power Rankings have the Astros at No. 2 and the Dodgers at No. 7 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Houston Astros' No. 1-ranked scoring average of 5.42 runs per game, against a Los Angeles Dodgers offense rated No. 11 and scoring 4.81 runs per game. The Astros have averaged 9.65 hits per game to date this season, more than the Dodgers hitters have managed (8.33 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Los Angeles owns the No. 2-rated road mark, allowing 3.75 runs per game on the highway. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 13 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • LA Dodgers is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • LA Dodgers is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers' last 6 games
  • LA Dodgers is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Houston is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Houston is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games
  • Houston is 14-5 ATS in its last 19 games at home
  • Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at Houston, Saturday, October 28

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