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Moneyline favors Braves in battle with Cubs

Chicago CubsAtlanta Braves
July 5, 7:10 PM | GrassTurner Field

Chicago Cubs vs Atlanta Braves Odds

31-50TEAM RECORD42-39

MLB wagering interest swings to the Atlanta vs Chicago battle on Thursday at Turner Field as the Braves try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The Braves will turn to Mike Minor and his 4-6 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Cubs send Matt Garza (4-6) to the hill.

View Chi Cubs vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Braves as -130 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 8.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Braves rated this week at No. 4 and the Cubs sitting at No. 15.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 4 ranked National League offense (4.6 runs per game) against a Cubs defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 12 in the National League at 4.6 runs allowed per game. The Braves have been averaging 8.8 hits per game, more than the Cubs have managed so far this season (8.3 hits on average).

Atlanta owns the National League's No. 7 defense, allowing 4.3 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Chicago's National League No. 12-rated defense.

The Cubs were a 5-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Braves. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at +150 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for UNDER bettors. Chicago got the job done in their last match in a 5-1 victory over Atlanta on Wednesday at Turner Field behind starter Paul Maholm.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing NY Mets are 6-4
After playing Atlanta are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Philadelphia are 3-7
After playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

A few Cubs at Braves trends to consider:
Chi Cubs are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games when playing Atlanta
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Atlanta is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
Atlanta is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Chi Cubs at NY Mets, Friday, July 6
Atlanta at Philadelphia, Friday, July 6

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