Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Odds, Analysis, MLB Betting Pick
A huge National League West series will start in Los Angeles on Tuesday when the division-leading Dodgers (55-29) host the Arizona Diamondbacks (52-31) in the first of three games as big favorites at the sportsbooks.
Arizona trails Los Angeles by 2.5 games in the NL West race and heads into the opener on a two-game winning streak.
Betting line: The Dodgers opened as -274 favorites (wager $274 to win $100); the total is at seven runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)
Why the Diamondbacks can pay on the MLB lines
The Diamondbacks have been sitting among the top three teams in the division for just about the entire season and finally have the opportunity to claim first place with a sweep of the Dodgers. Arizona has won four of the past five meetings with Los Angeles and split a four-game set at Chavez Ravine back in April.
The Diamondbacks will send Patrick Corbin (6-7, 4.76 ERA) to the mound in search of his first victory in three starts despite pitching well in his previous two. Corbin has allowed three runs in 12.2 innings during that stretch with 11 strikeouts.
Why the Dodgers can pay on the MLB lines
Los Angeles will counter with ace Clayton Kershaw (12-2, 2.32), and he has not lost since May 1 against the San Francisco Giants. In that game, Kershaw surrendered three earned runs and eight hits—including two homers—in six innings with no walks and five strikeouts.
Since then, he has won eight in a row and walked away with three no decisions in 11 outings. In June, Kershaw went 5-0 in six starts with a 2.23 ERA, walking 10 and striking out 57. He has earned a win in each of his past five outings.
Smart betting pick
It is hard to recommend backing Kershaw at such a steep price, so consider betting the Dodgers on the run line. Each of his last four starts has been decided by two runs or more, with the past three all decided by four. That includes an outing against the New York Mets on June 19 when he gave up a career-high four homers and still earned the victory in a 10-6 win. Los Angeles has totaled 27 runs in the last four games he has started.
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