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MLB Odds: D-Backs vs. Nationals

The Arizona Diamondbacks will close out a road trip on Thursday when they finish up a set in Washington against the Nationals.

The D-Backs have come back to Earth lately, costing their supporters on the MLB betting lines some money and hurting their chances of winning the NL West division title this season.

View Arizona vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Nationals as -145 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8.5 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Nationals sit at No. 15 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Diamondbacks sit at a National League No. 14 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington's No. 12-rated National League offense, averaging 3.9 runs per game, against a Diamondbacks defense that ranks No. 9 in the National League at 4.3 in runs allowed per game. The Nationals have averaged 8.1 hits per game so far, less than Diamondbacks batters have averaged on the year (8.2 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Washington has the National League's No. 7-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Diamondbacks own the National League's No. 9 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Arizona, they were a 4-2 winner as they battled the Nationals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Diamondbacks at -112 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Arizona got the job done in their last match in a 4-2 victory over Washington on Wednesday at Nationals Park behind starter Daniel Hudson.

Arizona Diamondbacks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing San Diego are 8-2
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 1-9
Before playing Cincinnati are 3-7
After playing Arizona are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3

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

Next up:
Arizona home to San Diego, Friday, August 26
Washington at Cincinnati, Friday, August 26