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MLB betting line favors Braves over Nationals

Washington NationalsAtlanta Braves
July 15, 7:35 PM | GrassTurner Field

Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves Odds

46-46TEAM RECORD54-38

The Atlanta Braves look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Nationals arrive at Turner Field on Friday.

Tim Hudson will take the mound for Atlanta, and he'll carry a 8-6 record into the contest. Livan Hernandez gets the ball for Washington; he's 5-8 so far this season.

View Washington vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Nationals were listed as +-185 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 7.5 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 5 (Braves) and the No. 15 (Nationals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Atlanta and its National League No. 9-rated batting order, averaging 4 runs per nine innings, against the National League's No. 13 lineup of the Nationals at 3.8 runs per outing.

Comparing defensive stats, Washington owns the National League's No. 10-rated road mark, allowing 4.3 runs per game on the highway. Atlanta, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 2-0 winner as they battled the Rockies at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at -132 were rewarded, while the 2 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Washington threw a shutout at Colorado in their last outing, using a shutdown performance by Jordan Zimmermann to defeat Colorado 2-0 on Sunday.

The Braves were a 14-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Phillies. That made winners of bettors who got Philadelphia at -172 on the moneyline, while the total score (15) was good news for OVER bettors. Atlanta was scored on plenty on Sunday, falling behind early and watching runners cross the plate all game in a 14-1 loss to Philadelphia.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Atlanta are 6-4
After playing Colorado are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 4-6
After playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

A few Nationals at Braves trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Washington
Atlanta is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games at home
Atlanta is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games

Next up:
Washington at Atlanta, Saturday, July 16