The National League Championship Series resumes tonight following a day off for travel. After staving off elimination in Game 5 to force this series back to Georgia, the Los Angeles Dodgers will look to extend their season again tonight. Standing in their way is an Atlanta Braves team who has yet to lose on their home field during the postseason. Despite this, the MLB betting odds have named the visitors as a sizable favorite ahead of tonight’s Dodgers vs Braves showdown.
This MLB betting preview for Dodgers vs Braves NLCS Game 6 includes game info, projected starting pitchers, betting odds, trends and a prediction for tonight’s postseason matchup.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves Betting Preview and Prediction | MLB Playoffs Game 6
NLCS Game 6 (ATL leads series 3-2)
Los Angeles Dodgers (106-58, 48-33 Away) vs. Atlanta Braves (88-73, 42-38 Home)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021
Time: 8:08 p.m. EST
Venue: Truist Park — Atlanta, GA
Dodgers vs Braves Starting Pitchers
Dodgers: Walker Buehler (16-4, 2.47 ERA)
Braves: Ian Anderson (9-5, 3.58 ERA)
Los Angeles Dodgers Preview
The Dodgers have played impeccable baseball when facing postseason elimination before. Thursday evening’s NLCS Game 5 was no different. After winning the one-game wild-card matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals and the winner-take-all NLDS Game 5 over the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers dominated Atlanta with their backs against the wall. Chris Taylor went off at the plate, belting three home runs off of three different Braves pitchers. He drove in six of the Dodgers’ 11 runs in the blowout victory. Four more RBIs came courtesy of A.J. Pollack, who continued his impressive postseason with two homers of his own. It’s been interesting to see the bottom of the L.A. lineup do the majority of the damage throughout this MLB betting series.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts through bettors yet another wrinkle as far as pitching goes. While popular belief all along was that Max Scherzer would start Game 6 tonight, Roberts has instead opted to go with fellow right-hander Walker Buehler on just three days’ rest. Given how effective the bullpen has been thus far, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Buehler’s pitch count limited and the relievers carry the second half of tonight’s contest. While he had a fantastic regular season, Buehler did get roughed up by the Braves in Game 3 of this NLCS. He surrendered four runs on six hits and failed to make it through four full innings.
Atlanta Braves Preview
Just like last year, the Braves built a 3-1 NLCS lead over the Dodgers. After getting stomped in Game 5, the murmurs have already begun about a potential collapse for the second straight season. Regardless of the media chatter, Freddie Freeman and the Braves don’t seem to be worried. Freeman commented that being up three games to two and going home for both Games 6 and 7 is a pretty good position to be in. He certainly isn’t wrong. If he can continue swinging the bat like he did out west, Atlanta will really like their chances. Freeman’s first-inning homer in Game 5 accounted for all of the Braves’ runs in the ugly loss.
Right-hander Ian Anderson will be on the bump for the Braves in tonight’s MLB betting Game 6 matchup. While he only lasted three innings in Game 2 of this NLCS, Anderson didn’t pitch all that bad. A home run accounted for both runs the Dodgers scored against him. Anderson also pitched well in his lone NLDS start, hurling five shutout innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. One positive takeaway from the Game 5 blowout loss was that Brian Snitker did not have to call upon any of his top relievers late in the game. Thus, Tyler Matzek, Luke Jackson and closer Will Smith all enter tonight’s potential close-out game with two full days of rest.
Dodgers vs Braves MLB Betting Odds
Moneyline: LAD: (-160) | ATL: (+135)
Run Line: LAD: -1.5 (+100) | ATL: +1.5 (-120)
Total: 8 — Over: (-120) | Under: (+105)
Public (Spread) Betting via Action Network: LAD: (43%) | ATL: (57%)
Dodgers vs Braves MLB Betting Trends
- Four of the Dodgers’ last five games have gone over the total.
- The total has gone under in four of the Dodgers’ last six road games.
- Braves are 6-0 straight up in their last six home games.
- Five of the Braves’ last six games have gone over the total.
- Braves are 4-1 straight up in their last five head-to-head matchups against the Dodgers at home.
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Dodgers vs Braves Stats
- Los Angeles is averaging 5.05 runs per game (RPG) this season (No. 5 in the MLB).
- Los Angeles is surrendering 3.45 RPG this season (No. 1 in the MLB).
- Atlanta is averaging 4.86 RPG this season (No. 8 in the MLB).
- Atlanta is surrendering 4.04 RPG this season (No. 5 in the MLB).
Dodgers vs Braves Weather Report
Wind: 3 MPH (blowing out to left)
Dodgers vs Braves Prediction
The Dodgers vs Braves MLB betting prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Los Angeles a 52.9% chance to win Game 6 of this NLCS matchup.
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