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MLB Betting: Clash of NL East powers

The Atlanta Braves will be looking to chip into the Philadelphia Phillies' division lead when the clubs clash on Monday night.

The NL East teams begin a three-game series in Philadelphia on Monday night, with the Phillies threatening to run away with the NL East title. Cliff Lee (15-7, 2.59 ERA) gets the ball for Philly.

View Atlanta vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Braves listed as underdogs of +-201 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Phillies rated this week at No. 1 and the Braves sitting at No. 4.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Philadelphia's No. 3 ranked National League offense (4.5 runs per game) against a Braves defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 3 in the National League at 3.6 runs allowed per game. The Phillies have been averaging 8.7 hits per game, more than the Braves have managed so far this season (8.4 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, Atlanta owns the National League's No. 4-rated road mark, allowing 3.9 runs per game on the highway. Philadelphia, on the other hand, rates No. 5 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Atlanta was a 4-3 winner at home against the Dodgers. Bettors on Atlanta at +129 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Braves enjoyed a 4-3 victory at the expense of the Dodgers on Sunday, with Randall Delgado throwing 5 innings of 4-hit ball at Turner Field.

Philadelphia lost its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Marlins on September 4. Bettors who backed the Marlins at +188 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Phillies got to extra innings, but lost when they got there against Florida on Sunday; it was a 5-4 final at Sun Life Stadium in MLB wagering action.

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing LA Dodgers are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Atlanta are 6-4
After playing Florida are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

A few Braves at Phillies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games on the road
Atlanta is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Atlanta is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Philadelphia's last 12 games
Philadelphia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games when playing at home against Atlanta

Next up:
Atlanta at Philadelphia, Tuesday, September 6