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Lackey is a Much Better Pitcher at Home

Handicapping baseball early in the season can be a little tricky at times, but one thing bettors might be able to depend on in tonight’s Dodgers-Cubs game is a strong track record at home for Cubs starter John Lackey. The 38-year-old will make his first home start of the campaign tonight and will look to continue a four-year stretch that’s seen him post an ERA of 2.94 or less and a winning record in home games.

Shark Bites
  • The Dodgers are 1-5 SU in their last six games on the road against the Cubs.
  • The Dodgers have just three extra-base hits in 89 combined at-bats vs Lackey.
  • Kris Bryant has five home runs in 34 career at-bats vs the Dodgers.

The Dodgers will counter with Brandon McCarthy, who’s had trouble staying healthy the past few seasons. He did, however, have a promising season debut last week, holding the Padres to four hits in six innings of work which paved the way to a Dodgers win. His numbers on the road the past few seasons aren’t pretty, though, as he’s allowed 15 home runs in 19 starts, so if you’re playing daily fantasy today or making some player prop bets, you should target some Cubs hitters.

Totals bettors might want to lean toward the UNDER tonight as the teams have gone below the number in 16 of their last 21 games against each other. In Game 1 of this series, they combined for five runs in the Cubs’ 3-2 victory.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.5-2.9 win for the Cubs on Wednesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Cubs sport a record of 5-2 heading into this matchup, while the Los Angeles Dodgers sit at 4-4 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Chicago Cubs at No. 1 and the Los Angeles Dodgers at No. 5 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Chicago Cubs No. 11 ranked offense (4.71 runs per game) against a Los Angeles Dodgers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 4 at 3.12 runs allowed per game. The Chicago Cubs have been averaging 9 hits per game, more than the Los Angeles Dodgers have managed so far this season (8.25 hits on average).

Chicago owns the No. 6 defense, allowing 4.71 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Los Angeles's No. 4-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Betting Trends
  • LA Dodgers is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • LA Dodgers is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Dodgers's last 7 games
  • LA Dodgers is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Chi Cubs is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Chi Cubs is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Chi Cubs is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at Chicago, Thursday, April 13th