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Dodgers Slim Betting Faves Over Giants In Decisive Game 5

Mookie Betts and the Dodgers are slim road favorites in MLB betting odds to beat the Giants in the decisive Game 5 of their NLDS.

The Los Angeles Dodgers responded in a big way in Game 4, defeating the San Francisco Giants 7-2 to even up their National League Division Series at 2-2. The series moves back to Oracle Park in San Francisco for the fifth and final game, with the winner advancing to the National League Championship Series.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants
  • Date/Time: October 14, 9:07 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Oracle Park
  • TV Coverage: TBS, TBS-INT
  • Opening Odds: Dodgers -115 | O/U 7.5 (Line History)
  • Dodgers vs Giants Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The Dodgers come into Game 5 as the favorites going off at -115. Despite having home-field advantage, the Giants are the slight underdogs at -103. The total is set at 7.5 runs with the UNDER going 6-4 in the last 10 meetings between the clubs.

Starting Pitchers Analysis

Julio Urias will be making his second appearance of the series. He pitched five solid innings for the Dodgers in Game 2 on Saturday, allowing three hits and one run while striking out five. The left-hander had a sensational season, going 20-3 in 32 starts with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.

The Giants will counter with Logan Webb, who also made a prior appearance in the series. The right-hander started Game 1, pitching 7.2 scoreless innings while scattering five hits and striking out 10. Webb put up an 11-3 record with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP through 27 outings (26 starts) this season.

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Los Angeles News & Notes

After being held scoreless in two of the first three games of the series, the Dodgers bats responded with 12 hits and seven runs in Game 4. Mookie Betts led the charge with two hits, one home run and three RBIs while Will Smith also chipped in with two hits, a homer and two RBIs.

It was all hands on deck for the Dodgers pitching staff in Game 4 as they went through six arms to get the win. After much deliberation, manager Dave Roberts decided to go with Walker Buehler as his starter. The right-hander delivered, allowing just three hits and one run through 4.1 innings of work.

San Francisco News & Notes

While the LA pitching was excellent in Game 4, the same could not be said of the Giants. Starter Anthony DeSclafani was rocked early, allowing five hits and two runs through just 1.2 innings before getting the hook. San Francisco went through seven more pitchers to no avail as they gave up seven hits and four earned runs through the rest of the contest.

With just nine runs through four games, the Giants offence hasn’t been great throughout the NLDS. Darin Ruf and Kris Bryant knocked in the only runs of the contest for San Francisco in Game 4 as the big bats of Brandon Crawford and Mike Yastrzemski combined for just one hit.

How Los Angeles Will Win

The Dodgers have been shut out in both of their losses while they’ve scored a combined 16 runs in their two wins – a true Jekyll and Hyde performance thus far. Needless to say, if the 2020 World Series champs are going to stay alive, they’ll need their potent offense to show up once again.

How San Francisco Will Win

The formula swings the other way for the Giants, whose success in this series has been all about pitching. Averaging just over two runs per game, San Francisco will be relying heavily on Webb to keep the Dodgers off the board. If he can repeat his performance from Game 1, they have a good chance of advancing.

Computer Pick: Dodgers ML (-110)

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  • LA is 13-6 in its last 19 games at San Francisco.
  • San Francisco is 6-2 in its last 8 home games.
  • The OVER is 7-3 in LA’s last 10 games.