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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Sunday when the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves meet at Turner Field.

Righthander Henderson Alvarez will take the mound for the Marlins to start this game. Alvarez is 2-1 this season with a 2.80 ERA.

Starting this game for the Braves will be Mike Minor. The lefthander has a 2.76 ERA to go along with a 11-5 record this season.

The Marlins were a 1-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Braves. That made winners of bettors who got Miami at +205 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Team records:
Miami: 44-71 SU
Atlanta: 71-46 SU

Miami most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Kansas City are 4-5
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After playing Miami are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Miami's last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 19 of Miami's last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Miami's last 25 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 9 games when playing Atlanta
Atlanta is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games
Atlanta is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games
Atlanta is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games when playing Miami

Next up:
Miami at Kansas City, Monday, August 12
Atlanta home to Philadelphia, Monday, August 12