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MLB BASEBALL

Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Sunday when the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves meet at Turner Field.

The Nationals will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Nate Karns in this game. Karns has a 0-0 record and a 6.24 ERA this season.

It'll be Paul Maholm toeing the rubber for the Braves in this contest. Lefthander Maholm is 6-4 with a 3.74 ERA so far this season.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Braves on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Braves at -141 were rewarded, while the 3 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Team records:
Washington: 28-28 SU
Atlanta: 33-22 SU

Washington most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing NY Mets are 7-3
After playing Atlanta are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Washington are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing Washington
Atlanta is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
Atlanta is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington home to NY Mets, Tuesday, June 4
Atlanta home to Pittsburgh, Monday, June 3