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Dodgers face Washington Nationals: MLB odds preview and stats

Los Angeles DodgersWashington Nationals
Sep 20, 7:05 PM | GrassNationals Park

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Washington Nationals Odds

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Nationals Park hosts an MLB battle between the Washington Nationals and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

Ross Detwiler gets the call for the Washington Nationals and he will try to build on a 8-6 mark. In the other dugout, Chris Capuano brings a 11-10 ledger to the game for the Dodgers as he tries to quiet the Nationals bats.

View LA Dodgers vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-140 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 8 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Nationals, most recently No. 2 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Dodgers, who rate a National League No. 3 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Washington has the National League's No. 4-rated offensive output, at 9.1 hits per game. The Dodgers average 8.4 hits per game, good for No. 11 on the National League list.

Washington owns the National League's No. 1 defense, allowing 3.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Los Angeles' National League No. 3-rated defense.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 7-6 winner as they battled the Nationals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Dodgers at -104 were rewarded, while the 13 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Dodgers enjoyed a 7-6 victory at the expense of the Nationals on Wednesday, with Josh Beckett throwing 7 1/3 innings of 5-hit ball at Nationals Park.

Los Angeles Dodgers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After playing Washington are 9-1
After a win are 4-6

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Milwaukee are 5-5
After playing LA Dodgers are 1-9
After a loss are 5-5

A few Dodgers at Nationals trends to consider:
LA Dodgers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Dodgers' last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of LA Dodgers' last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Dodgers' last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games at home
Washington is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games

Next up:
LA Dodgers at Cincinnati, Friday, September 21
Washington home to Milwaukee, Friday, September 21