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MLB Game Preview - Cubs underdogs vs Braves at Chicago

Atlanta BravesChicago Cubs
Aug 22, 8:05 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Atlanta Braves vs Chicago Cubs Odds

76-52TEAM RECORD56-71

The Chicago Cubs host Atlanta on Monday, looking to build on their 56-71 mark against the 76-52 Braves in MLB betting action at Wrigley Field.

Ryan Dempster gets the call for the Chicago Cubs and he will try to build on a 10-8 mark. In the other dugout, Jair Jurrjens brings a 12-5 ledger to the game for the Braves as he tries to quiet the Cubs bats.

View Atlanta vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Cubs as +115 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 999 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Cubs sit at No. 11 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Braves sit at a National League No. 3 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Chicago and its National League No. 9-rated batting order, averaging 4.1 runs per nine innings, against the National League's No. 8 lineup of the Braves at 4.1 runs per outing.

Comparing defensive stats, Atlanta owns the National League's No. 5-rated road mark, allowing 4 runs per game on the highway. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring at home.

Atlanta was a 1-0 winner in its last match at home against the Diamondbacks. They won as -165 favorites, while the total score of 1 made winners of UNDER bettors. Tim Hudson silenced the Diamondbacks bats in a 1-0 victory last time out versus Arizona at Turner Field.

In their last action, Chicago was a 6-2 loser at home against the Cardinals. Bettors on St. Louis at -148 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Chicago didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 6-2 to St. Louis on Sunday at Wrigley Field.

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After playing Arizona are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Atlanta are 4-6
After playing St. Louis are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

A few Braves at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
Atlanta is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Atlanta is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games at home
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 8 games when playing at home against Atlanta

Next up:
Atlanta at Chi Cubs, Tuesday, August 23