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Washington NationalsHouston Astros
Aug 9, 8:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros Odds

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Baseball bettors look for value at Minute Maid Park on Thursday as host Houston battles the Washington Nationals in baseball odds action.

Houston hands the ball to starter Lucas Harrell in this one and he'll try to improve on his 9-7 mark on the year. Washington counters with Jordan Zimmermann, who will try to quiet the fans and the Astros bats at the same time.

View Washington vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Houston sat as +165 underdogs. The total was set at 7.5.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Astros at No. 16 in the National League and the Nationals at No. 2 in the National League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Houston has the National League's No. 13-rated offensive output, at 8.1 hits per game. The Nationals average 8.9 hits per game, good for No. 5 on the National League list.

Houston owns the National League's No. 15 defense, allowing 5.1 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Washington's National League No. 1-rated defense.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Astros on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at -215 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Washington got the job done in their last match in a 4-3 victory over Houston on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park behind starter Gio Gonzalez.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Arizona are 4-6
After playing Houston are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After playing Washington are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

A few Nationals at Astros trends to consider:
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Washington

Next up:
Washington at Arizona, Friday, August 10
Houston home to Milwaukee, Friday, August 10

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