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MLB Game Preview - Dodgers underdogs vs Diamondbacks at Arizona

Los Angeles Dodgers

Arizona Diamondbacks
87-65 September 19, 2013, 03:40 PM | Chase Field 77-74

Arizona will try to be nasty hosts on Thursday when the Los Angeles Dodgers pay a visit to Chase Field.

The Diamondbacks will rely on Wade Miley to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Ricky Nolasco will be his counterpart for the Dodgers. Wade Miley is 10-10 this season, and Ricky Nolasco is 13-10.

View Los Angeles Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks Odds and Stats.

The Dodgers were listed as 116 Underdog on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes. The total was set at 8 before betting started earlier on Thursday over at Bovada.

It's a baseball betting matchup between the No. 17-rated Diamondbacks and the league No. 13-ranked Dodgers, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 9-4 loser on the road against the Diamondbacks. Bettors on Arizona at -124 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (13) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Los Angeles looks to rebound from a loss to the Diamondbacks, who beat them 9-4 on Wednesday behind a start from Brandon McCarthy at Chase Field.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Arizona has baseball's No. 14-rated offensive output, at 9.09 hits per game. The Dodgers average 9.03 hits per game, good for No. 8 on the list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Arizona has the No. 16-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Dodgers own the No. 4 mark in runs allowed.

A few Dodgers at Diamondbacks trends to consider:
LA Dodgers is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Dodgers's last 6 games
LA Dodgers is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers's last 6 games on the road
Arizona is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona's last 6 games
Arizona is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Los Angeles at San Diego, Friday, September 20th
Arizona at Colorado, Friday, September 20th