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MLB Game Preview - Cubs underdogs vs Dodgers at Chicago

Los Angeles DodgersChicago Cubs
Aug 1, 8:05 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs Odds

57-49TEAM RECORD49-58

MLB wagering interest swings to the Chicago vs Los Angeles battle on Thursday at Wrigley Field as the Cubs try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The match puts starter Ricky Nolasco for the Dodgers on the hill facing Chris Rusin for the Cubs. Nolasco brings a 6-9 mark to the game, while Rusin is 1-0 to date on the season.

View LA Dodgers vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Cubs were listed as +137 moneyline underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 7.5 earlier at TopBet.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 9-ranked Cubs and the National League No. 3-rated Dodgers in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Chicago owns the No. 13 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.3 per game. By contrast, the Dodgers are rated No. 4 in the same category at 9 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Chicago has the National League's No. 9-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Dodgers own the National League's No. 5 mark in runs allowed.

Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 3-0 result against the Yankees on July 31. Bettors who backed the Yankees at +170 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Los Angeles didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Boone Logan in a losing cause, 3-0, against New York on Wednesday.

Chicago was a 6-1 winner in its last match at home against the Brewers. They won as -132 favorites, while the total score of 7 made winners of UNDER bettors. Chicago got the job done in their last match in a 6-1 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday at Wrigley Field behind starter Edwin Jackson.

Los Angeles Dodgers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After playing NY Yankees are 4-5
After a loss are 8-2

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing LA Dodgers are 3-7
After playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After a win are 3-7

A few Dodgers at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Dodgers' last 5 games
LA Dodgers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games on the road
LA Dodgers are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Dodgers' last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 9 games when playing LA Dodgers
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers
Chi Cubs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games at home

Next up:
LA Dodgers at Chi Cubs, Friday, August 2