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Moneyline favors Nationals in battle with Braves

Atlanta BravesWashington Nationals
Sep 23, 7:05 PM | GrassNationals Park

Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals Odds

88-68TEAM RECORD76-79

Washington will try to be nasty hosts on Friday when the Atlanta Braves pay a visit to Nationals Park.

Washington hands the ball to starter Stephen Strasburg in this one and he'll try to improve on his 0-0 mark on the year. Atlanta counters with Tim Hudson, who will try to quiet the fans and the Nationals bats at the same time.

View Atlanta vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Nationals as -125 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 6.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The Nationals - Braves odds would favor the Braves if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Washington is rated No. 15 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Atlanta is at No. 4 in the National League.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Washington owns the No. 13 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.2 per game. By contrast, the Braves are rated No. 12 in the same category at 8.4 per game.

Defensively, Atlanta features the National League's No. 5-rated defense on the road, allowing 4 runs per game. Washington, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 in the National League at home, scoring 3.9 runs per game.

Atlanta lost its last outing, a 4-0 result against the Marlins on September 21. Bettors who backed the Marlins at -109 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Braves were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Florida staff and losing 4-0 to the Marlins on Wednesday at Sun Life Stadium.

In their last action, Washington was a 6-1 winner on the road against the Phillies. Bettors on Washington at +185 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Nationals enjoyed a 6-1 victory at the expense of the Phillies on Thursday, with Brad Peacock throwing 5 2/3 innings of 1-hit ball at Citizens Bank Park.

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 2-8
After playing Florida are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Atlanta are 7-3
After playing Philadelphia are 8-2
After a win are 8-2

A few Braves at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Atlanta's last 14 games when playing Washington
Atlanta is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Washington's last 14 games when playing Atlanta

Next up:
Atlanta at Washington, Saturday, September 24