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Atlanta Braves take on Nationals in baseball test

Atlanta BravesWashington Nationals
July 21, 1:05 PM | GrassNationals Park

Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals Odds

51-41TEAM RECORD53-38

A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Atlanta duelling Washington on Saturday at Nationals Park.

It's a pitching duel between Edwin Jackson for the Nationals (5-5 on the year) and Ben Sheets for Atlanta (1-0 so far).

View Atlanta vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-127 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 8.5 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 1 (Nationals) and the No. 5 (Braves) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Washington's No. 7 ranked National League offense (4.2 runs per game) against a Braves defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 9 in the National League at 4.3 runs allowed per game. The Nationals have been averaging 8.8 hits per game, almost the same as the Braves have managed so far this season (8.8 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Washington has the National League's No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Braves own the National League's No. 9 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Atlanta was a 11-10 winner on the road against the Nationals. Bettors on Atlanta at +134 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (21) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Atlanta needed extra innings to get the job done against the Nationals on Friday as the Braves defeated them 11-10 at Nationals Park.

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Washington are 3-7
After playing Washington are 3-7
After a win are 7-3

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2

A few Braves at Nationals trends to consider:
Atlanta is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Washington is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Atlanta
Washington is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 9 games when playing Atlanta

Next up:
Atlanta at Washington, Saturday, July 21