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Pirates vs Braves Baseball Game Preview

Pittsburgh PiratesAtlanta Braves
June 3, 7:10 PM | GrassTurner Field

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Atlanta Braves Odds

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The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between Atlanta and Pittsburgh on Monday, with the host Braves trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

AJ Burnett, with a record of 3-5 on the season, gets the ball for the Pirates, while the Braves trot Kris Medlen to the mound in this one. He is 1-6 so far in 2013.

View Pittsburgh vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Braves as -165 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 7 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at GTbets.eu.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 6-rated Pirates taking on the National League's No. 9-rated Braves in this contest.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Atlanta has the National League's No. 4-rated offensive output, at 8.2 hits per game. The Pirates average 7.9 hits per game, good for No. 12 on the National League list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Atlanta has the National League's No. 4-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Pirates own the National League's No. 2 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 5-4 winner as they battled the Reds at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at +104 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Pirates beat Cincinnati in extra innings, earning a 5-4 victory at PNC Park in MLB wagering action.

Atlanta won its last outing, a 6-3 result against the Nationals on June 2. Bettors who backed the Braves at -190 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Braves grabbed a win last time out, defeating Nate Karns and the Nationals 6-3 on Sunday at Turner Field.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Atlanta are 6-4
After playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Washington are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Pirates at Braves trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing Atlanta
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Atlanta
Pittsburgh is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
Atlanta is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home
Atlanta is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Atlanta, Tuesday, June 4