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Can Kershaw Exorcise His Past Postseason Demons in NLDS?

Everyone knows how good Clayton Kershaw is in the regular season, but playoff success hasn’t exactly been his forte in recent years. Kershaw will get the ball for his L.A. Dodgers when they do battle with the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 1 of the NLDS today.

MyBookie opened the D-backs as +241 road underdogs with a total of 7.5.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the Diamondbacks’ last 16 games in the playoffs on the road.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of the Dodgers’ last five games in the playoffs at home.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Diamondbacks’ last seven games against the Dodgers.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner Kershaw owns a surprisingly bad 4-7 mark in the playoffs with a 4.55 ERA in 18 appearances. The good news for Dodgers bettors is he dominated the Diamondbacks in 2017, going 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA while holding batters to a .118 average. The 29-year-old owns a 14-8 record and 2.55 ERA in his career vs Arizona.

Countering on the bump for the Diamondbacks is Taijuan Walker (9-9, 3.49). Walker was named the starter when all-star left-hander Robbie Ray was needed to pitch in relief in the wild-card game vs the Colorado Rockies. Walker went 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season.

The Dodgers don’t exactly have the best history when it comes to performing in series-opening games of late. In Los Angeles’ last four Game 1s, they’re 1-4 SU.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks before the first pitch in this match found them as +228 moneyline underdogs earlier today at Bovada. They saw the OVER/UNDER total of 7.5 earlier at TopBet.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 4.3-3.6 victory for the Dodgers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles Dodgers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Dodgers bring a 104-58 record to the battle against the 94-69 Diamondbacks. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Arizona injuries news.

It's an MLB betting matchup between the No. 7-rated Los Angeles Dodgers and the league No. 10-ranked Arizona Diamondbacks, according to the latest MLB power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Los Angeles has baseball's No. 12-rated offensive output, at 8.32 hits per game. The Arizona Diamondbacks average 8.72 hits per game, good for No. 15 on the list.

Comparing defensive stats, Arizona owns the No. 3-rated road mark, allowing 3.86 runs per game on the highway. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 13 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Arizona got the job done in its last match in a 11-8 victory over Colorado on Wednesday at Chase Field behind starter Zack Greinke.

Los Angeles looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Rockies, a 6-3 final on Sunday in support of Ross Stripling at Coors Field.

Betting Trends
  • Arizona is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Arizona is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Arizona is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
  • Arizona is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games on the road
  • LA Dodgers is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • LA Dodgers is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Dodgers' last 9 games
  • LA Dodgers is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Arizona at Los Angeles, Saturday, October 7

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