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MLB Game Preview - Cubs underdogs vs Braves at Atlanta

Chicago CubsAtlanta Braves
April 5, 7:30 PM | GrassTurner Field

Chicago Cubs vs Atlanta Braves Odds

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The Atlanta Braves battle the visiting Chicago Cubs on Friday in MLB betting action at Turner Field.

Atlanta sends Mike Minor out against Scott Feldman for the Cubs in this game. Minor is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA on the season, while Feldman is 0-0 on the year and has a 0.00 ERA.

View Chi Cubs vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Braves in this one, they're listed as moneyline favorites of -180 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 15-rated Cubs taking on the National League's No. 8-rated Braves in this contest.

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How They Match Up:
At the plate, Atlanta owns the No. 7 ranking for hits in the National League at 7 per game. By contrast, the Cubs are rated No. 15 in the same category at 3.7 per game.

Atlanta owns the National League's No. 7 defense, allowing 3 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Chicago's National League No. 2-rated defense.

The Cubs were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at +138 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. Chicago got the job done in their last match in a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday at PNC Park behind starter Travis Wood.

Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 2-0 loser as they battled the Phillies at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Phillies at +112 were rewarded, while the 2 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Atlanta didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Cliff Lee in a losing cause, 2-0, against Philadelphia on Thursday.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Atlanta are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3

A few Cubs at Braves trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 11 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Atlanta is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Atlanta's last 11 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Atlanta, Saturday, April 6