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MLB Betting: Diamondbacks vs. Royals

The Arizona Diamondbacks finish off a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals tonight at Kauffman Stadium.

Daniel Hudson (8-5, 3.56) gets the start for Diamondbacks, while Felipe Paulino (0-4, 4.10) is on tap for the Royals. Hudson is coming off a complete-game three-hitter against the White Sox in which he allowed one run. Paulino gave up four runs on five hits in six innings in a no decision against St. Louis last time out.

View Arizona vs Kansas City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Kansas City sat as +110 underdogs. The total was set at 8.5.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 12 (Royals) and the No. 12 (Diamondbacks) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Kansas City has the American League's No. 6-rated offensive output, at 9.1 hits per game. The Diamondbacks average 8.6 hits per game, good for No. 8 on the National League list.

Comparing defensive stats, Arizona owns the National League's No. 5-rated road mark, allowing 3.9 runs per game on the highway. Kansas City, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.

The Diamondbacks were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Royals. That made winners of bettors who got Arizona at -119 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Diamondbacks grabbed a win last time out, defeating Jeff Francis and the Royals 3-2 on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.

Arizona Diamondbacks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-4
After playing Arizona are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Diamondbacks at Royals trends to consider:
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Arizona is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
Arizona is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Kansas City's last 12 games when playing Arizona
Kansas City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
Kansas City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Arizona
Kansas City is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Arizona at Detroit, Friday, June 24
Kansas City home to Chi Cubs, Friday, June 24