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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Friday when the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies meet at Citizens Bank Park.

Tim Hudson will be the starting pitcher for the Braves on this day. Righthander Hudson is 4-7 this season with a 4.22 ERA.

Starting this game for the Phillies will be Cliff Lee. The lefthander has a 2.58 ERA to go along with a 9-2 record this season.

The Braves were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Marlins. That made winners of bettors who got Miami at +230 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 6-4 winner as they battled the Pirates on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Phillies at +123 were rewarded, while the 10 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Current streak:
Atlanta has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Atlanta: 49-36 SU
Philadelphia: 41-45 SU

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After playing Miami are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Atlanta are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games on the road
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
Atlanta is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Atlanta is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Philadelphia's last 12 games
Philadelphia is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 10 games at home
Philadelphia is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Atlanta

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Atlanta, Saturday, July 6