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Braves vs Cubs Baseball Game Preview

Atlanta Braves

Chicago Cubs
90-62 September 20, 2013, 02:20 PM | Wrigley Field 64-89

Baseball bettors look for value at Wrigley Field on Friday as host Chicago battles the Atlanta Braves in baseball odds action.

Paul Maholm gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Braves on this day; he's 10-10 on the season. The Cubs, meanwhile, will counter with Scott Baker, who will be looking to improve on his 0-0 mark.

View Atlanta Braves vs Chicago Cubs Odds and Stats.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Cubs at No. 15 and the Braves at No. 9 heading into this contest.

Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 5-2 winner as they battled the Nationals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Braves at +100 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Atlanta got the job done in their last match in a 5-2 victory over Washington on Wednesday at Nationals Park behind starter Alex Wood.

In their last action, Chicago was a 5-1 winner on the road against the Brewers. Bettors on Chicago at +128 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Chicago rolled to a 5-1 win against Milwaukee on Thursday, as Jake Arrieta and the Cubs' bats led the team to victory at Miller Park.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Chicago owns the No. 29 ranking for hits at 8.07 per game. By contrast, the Braves are rated No. 22 in the same category at 8.36 per game.

Chicago owns the No. 15 defense, allowing 3.81 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Atlanta's No. 1-rated defense.

A few Braves at Cubs trends to consider:
Atlanta is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games on the road
Chi Cubs is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games
Chi Cubs is 6-17 SU in its last 23 games at home

Next up:
Atlanta at Chicago, Saturday, September 21st