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Los Angeles favored by -178 against Houston on Sunday

Houston AstrosLos Angeles Angels
Aug 18, 3:35 PM | GrassAngel Stadium

Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels Odds

40-82TEAM RECORD55-67

MLB wagering interest swings to the Los Angeles vs Houston battle on Sunday at Angel Stadium as the Angels try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

It's a pitching duel between Jason Vargas for the Angels (6-5 on the year) and Brett Oberholtzer for Houston (2-1 so far).

View Houston vs LA Angels Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers, including 5Dimes, opened the Angels as -178 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 8.5 at shops such as 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Angels, most recently No. 9 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Astros, who rate an American League No. 15 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles' No. 6 ranked American League offense (4.6 runs per game) against a Astros defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 15 in the American League at 5.3 runs allowed per game. The Angels have been averaging 9.1 hits per game, more than the Astros have managed so far this season (7.9 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, Houston owns the American League's No. 13-rated road mark, allowing 4.6 runs per game on the highway. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 7 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Houston was a 6-5 loser on the road against the Angels. Bettors on Los Angeles at -190 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Houston lost in extra innings against the Angels on Saturday as Los Angeles edged them 6-5 at Angel Stadium.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Texas are 1-9
After playing LA Angels are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

Los Angeles Angels Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Cleveland are 6-4
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

A few Astros at Angels trends to consider:
Houston is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Angels
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Angels
Houston is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games on the road
Houston is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Angels' last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of LA Angels' last 9 games at home
LA Angels are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Angels' last 6 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston at Texas, Monday, August 19
LA Angels home to Cleveland, Monday, August 19