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A winning streak will be on the line for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday when they battle the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park.

The Dodgers will pin their hopes on the pitching of lefthander Clayton Kershaw in this game. Kershaw has a 12-7 record and a 1.80 ERA this season.

The Marlins will counter Kershaw with Henderson Alvarez. Righthander Alvarez has a 3.41 ERA to go along with a 2-2 record this season.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 4-1 winner as they battled the Marlins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Dodgers at -182 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Current streak:
Los Angeles has won 2 straight games.
Miami has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Los Angeles: 74-52 SU
Miami: 48-77 SU

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Boston are 5-4
After playing Miami are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

Miami most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Colorado are 7-3
After playing LA Dodgers are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
LA Dodgers are 21-3 SU in their last 24 games on the road
LA Dodgers are 12-2 SU in their last 14 games
LA Dodgers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of LA Dodgers's last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Miami's last 13 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 6 games when playing LA Dodgers

Next up:
LA Dodgers home to Boston, Friday, August 23
Miami home to Colorado, Friday, August 23