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Can Kershaw Once Again Lift Dodgers to a Crucial Win in Game 5?

The Houston Astros have finally suffered their first home loss of the postseason and, with it, the momentum has shifted to the Los Angeles Dodgers. With their ace on the mound for Game 5, the Dodgers will look to head back to Tinsel Town with a 3-2 series lead.

MyBookie opened the Dodgers as -147 road favorites with a total of seven.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 7-1-2 in the Dodgers' last 10 road games.
  • The Dodgers are 1-5 in the last six meetings in Houston.
  • The UNDER is 4-1-1 in the Astros' last six home games.

Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel will get the start in the pivotal game. Kershaw (3-0, 2.96 ERA) dominated in Game 1 of the World Series, yielding only three hits while striking out 11 over seven innings of work. Kershaw has done an excellent job erasing any postseason demons that lingered before this year, as the hurler had gone 4-7 with a 4.55 ERA over his first 18 career playoff appearances.

Keuchel (2-2, 3.00) dropped his second postseason start on the road in his head-to-head matchup with Kershaw in Game 1, allowing home runs to Chris Taylor and Justin Turner in the 3-1 loss. The home runs were the first two allowed in 24 postseason frames this season by Keuchel, who’s permitted one run and struck out 17 across 12 2/3 innings while winning his first two starts at home in the playoffs.

The UNDER continues to trend when the Dodgers hit the road in the postseason. In Los Angeles’ last eight postseason tilts on the road, the UNDER is 6-1-1.

The Astros are a +136 home underdog for tonight’s contest. They’re been a home dog just twice previously this season, when they were +103 vs Tampa Bay and +104 vs the New York Yankees.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Houston Astros as 120 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB betting odds matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3.6-2.4 win for the Astros on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Astros bring a 110-67 record to the battle against the 113-61 Dodgers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The Houston Astros sit at No. 2 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Los Angeles Dodgers sit at No. 7 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Houston owns the No. 1 ranking for hits at 9.62 per game. By contrast, the Los Angeles Dodgers are rated No. 23 in the same category at 8.29 per game.

Los Angeles brings the No. 2-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Astros's No. 7-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Dodgers enjoyed a 6-2 victory at the expense of the Astros on Saturday, with A Wood throwing 1 innings of 0-hit ball at Minute Maid Park.

Betting Trends
  • LA Dodgers is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • LA Dodgers is 8-17 ATS in its last 25 games on the road
  • LA Dodgers is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Dodgers's last 8 games on the road
  • Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing LA Dodgers
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing LA Dodgers
  • Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles home to Houston, Tuesday, October 31st

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