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2021 MLB World Series Odds: Braves Pull Ahead

The Atlanta Braves now lead World Series Odds

The Los Angeles Dodgers were wire-to-wire betting favorites in MLB 2021 World Series odds through the regular season. But now, after falling behind in the NLCS, they’ve been passed at the top.

The Atlanta Braves are +210 favorites to win the 2021 World Series, overcoming early-season injuries to Ronald Acuna Jr. and Mike Soroka. After proving themselves against the NL Central champion Milwaukee Brewers and pulling ahead in the NLCS against the Dodgers, oddsmakers value a Braves squad with three great starting pitchers and a lineup hitting at the right time.

The other remaining teams on the oddsboard are the Houston Astros (+250), Los Angeles Dodgers (+270) and Boston Red Sox (+350).

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Braves Now On Top Of 2021 World Series Odds

TeamOddsOpening Odds
Atlanta Braves+210+1000
Houston Astros+250+2200
Los Angeles Dodgers+270+400
Boston Red Sox+350+5000

Odds as of October 18 at Bovada

Why The Los Angeles Dodgers Can Still Win The 2021 World Series

Finally getting the monkey off their back and winning their first World Series title since 1988, the Los Angeles Dodgers can still make another run in 2021. The Dodgers have been a loss away from elimination three times already this postseason, surviving scares against the Cardinals and Giants, and LA has the upside to fight back once more.

With a rotation that featured Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and other top arms, the Dodgers were still buyers at the 2021 trade deadline, adding Max Scherzer to an already elite pitching staff and star infielder Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals. 

Those moves look shrewd now, even if they didn’t win the NL West. Buehler and Scherzer front the rotation with Kershaw out for the rest of the year, and Turner joined Mookie Betts, Max Muncy and Justin Turner, who anchored the lineup for most of the season. The deep squad has been able to overcome injuries to the pitching staff and the struggles of star outfielder Cody Bellinger.

Even with Bellinger missing time, hitting .165 and swatting just 10 homers, the Dodgers have one of the highest-ranked lineups in baseball. The Dodgers ranked within the top five in home runs, RBIs and on-base percentage.

At +270 in odds to win the World Series, this might be the best value you’ll get for a dominant Dodgers team.

Who Can Challenge From The American League?

Four years after the Dodgers and Astros met in a now-controversial World Series, we’re four wins away from a rematch. The AL West champion Astros demolished the Chicago White Sox in the first round, building on a regular season in which they got an MVP candidate season from Carlos Correa and amazing years from Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Houston starter Lance McCullers Jr. is likely to miss the ALCS or more with a “pitching arm injury,” so the Astros will rely on young pitchers Framber Valdez and Luis Garcia. But with the explosiveness of their lineup, the Astros can still compete with anyone in baseball.

What Is A Futures Bet On MLB World Series Odds?

When you visit your sportsbook of choice, you’ll see an option to bet on which team will win the World Series. This kind of bet is a futures wager, which means you’re betting on events that will happen in time. Oddsmakers release action on the Fall Classic before the season starts and adjust the lines as teams surge and stumble in the standings.

You would see odds listed like this:

  • Los Angeles Dodgers +375
  • New York Yankees +375
  • Houston Astros +1200
  • Atlanta Braves +1200
  • Minnesota Twins +1500

Unlike a moneyline bet, where there would be a clear favorite and underdog, the team with the lowest MLB World Series odds is the closest thing to a fave. In this case, it’s the Dodgers and Yankees. The team with the highest odds would be the closest thing to a dog. Here, it’s the Twins.

If you were to bet $100 on the Twins at the beginning of the season and they won the World Series, you’d get a payout of $1,600 – your original $100 is returned, along with your winnings of $1,500. On the other hand, the same bet amount on the Dodgers would give you a payout of $475 – you get your $100 back, plus your loot of $375.

Our Odds Calculator can help you determine how much you’d pocket depending on the odds and the amount bet.

The earlier you can make a futures bet the better, because you’ll see higher returns since MLB World Series odds ebb and flow depending on a team’s overall performance, injuries to key staff, and how they stack up against the rest of their division.

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