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Atlanta Braves vs Chicago Cubs Betting Preview

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Aug 12, 7:35 PM | GrassTurner Field

Chicago Cubs vs Atlanta Braves Odds

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The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between Atlanta and Chicago on Friday, with the host Braves trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

Mike Minor gets the call for the Atlanta Braves and he will try to build on a 1-2 mark. In the other dugout, Carlos Zambrano brings a 9-6 ledger to the game for the Cubs as he tries to quiet the Braves bats.

View Chi Cubs vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Atlanta opened as -150 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 8.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 12-rated Cubs taking on the National League's No. 4-rated Braves in this contest.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 8 ranked National League offense (4.1 runs per game) against a Cubs defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 15 in the National League at 4.9 runs allowed per game. The Braves have been averaging 8.5 hits per game, less than the Cubs have managed so far this season (8.9 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Atlanta has the National League's No. 3-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the National League's No. 15 mark in runs allowed.

The Cubs were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Nationals. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at -107 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Cubs grabbed a win last time out, defeating Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals 4-3 on Thursday at Wrigley Field.

In their last action, Atlanta was a 6-2 winner on the road against the Marlins. Bettors on Atlanta at -111 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Braves enjoyed a 6-2 victory at the expense of the Marlins on Wednesday, with Tim Hudson throwing 7 1/3 innings of 6-hit ball at Sun Life Stadium.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Atlanta are 4-6
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing Florida are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

A few Cubs at Braves trends to consider:
Chi Cubs are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games at home
Atlanta is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Atlanta, Saturday, August 13