Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves Odds, Betting Preview, and Picks
Posted by: Mike Davis
The Atlanta Braves have missed out on the online MLB betting playoffs for the last 4-years running now. But since they’re currently leading the NL East, it seems that the club will be putting an end to that dreadful drought this year. And in tonight’s Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves matchup, Atlanta will be looking to build on their divisional lead. What kind of teaser sports betting odds will they face at home?
Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves – Thursday, May 17th
Series: Game 4 || Braves Lead 2-1
When: 7:35 pm ET
Where: SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: MLB TV
Online MLB Betting Odds:
The Cubs crawl into this Thursday night pairing with a 22-18 record that ranks them 4th in the Central Division. Coming off a season in which they made it all the way to the NLCS, the Cubs are failing to live up to their expectations. Nevertheless, the division-leading Pittsburgh Pirates have failed to create separation at the top of the NL Central. Subsequently, the Pirates’ lack of success places Chicago 2-games behind them in the divisional race. This gives the Cubs plenty of hope to win the NL Central this year, despite their recent slumps. Chicago is 1-3 in their last 4 matchups and will be vying for a turnaround this evening. To help them out, the Cubs will be sending Jon Lester to the mound this evening. Lester is 3-1 on the year with a 2.66 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.
Players to Watch: Kris Bryant (8 HR, 22 RBI, .301 BA), Willson Contreras (4 HR, 19 RBI, .277 BA), and Javier Baez (10 HR, 36 RBI, .266 BA).
The Atlanta Braves slide into this NL matchup sporting a 26-16 record that ranks them 1st in the NL East. On top of that, it gives them a 1-game lead over their nearest threat, the Philadelphia Phillies. All in all, the Braves have been doing a decent job of staving off Philadelphia’s attempts to usurp them. By posting a 7-2 record in their last 9 matchups, the Braves have been doing a great job of holding onto the lead at the top of the NL East. To keep it that way, the Braves will be starting Michael Soroka tonight. Soroka is 1-1 on the year with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.
Players to Watch: Nick Markakis (7 HR, 30 RBI, .333 BA), Freddie Freeman (8 HR, 32 RBI, .325 BA), and Ozzie Albies (13 HR, 31 RBI, .283 BA).
Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves Betting Predictions
Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves Betting Picks
So which side should sportsbook bettors take in this Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves matchup? All in all, it’s much safer to side with Atlanta. The Braves will be playing at home and ride into this contest with much more momentum. Since the money line isn’t favoring them all that heavily, taking the Braves straight up can be quite lucrative. Sign up today to get in on this eye-catching MLB action!
Score Prediction: 5-2 Atlanta. The Braves get another win at home. The TOTAL will be UNDER.