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MLB betting line favors Braves over Pirates

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April 20, 7:05 PM | GrassPNC Park

Atlanta Braves vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

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The Atlanta Braves will look to grab a road win when they take on the Pirates in Pittsburgh at PNC Park on Saturday in baseball odds action.

James McDonald gets the call for the Pittsburgh Pirates and he will try to build on a 1-2 mark. In the other dugout, Paul Maholm brings a 3-0 ledger to the game for the Braves as he tries to quiet the Pirates bats.

View Atlanta vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, Pittsburgh sat as +123 underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 7.5, according to 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 10-ranked Pirates and the National League No. 11-rated Braves in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 11-rated National League offense, averaging 3.8 runs per game, against a Braves defense that ranks No. 1 in the National League at 2.3 in runs allowed per game. The Pirates have averaged 7.2 hits per game so far, less than Braves batters have averaged on the year (8.2 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Pittsburgh has the National League's No. 5-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Braves own the National League's No. 1 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 6-0 loser as they battled the Pirates on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at +103 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Braves were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Pittsburgh staff and losing 6-0 to the Pirates on Friday at PNC Park.

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

A few Braves at Pirates trends to consider:
Atlanta is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Atlanta is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Pittsburgh's last 16 games at home
Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Atlanta at Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 21