2020 MLB Playoffs: Dodgers vs. Braves odds, picks, NLCS Game 2 predictions from proven model

The Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers face off in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday evening. The Braves took Game 1 by a 5-1 margin, leaving the top-seeded Dodgers in need of a victory. Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for Los Angeles, with youngster Ian Anderson on the bump for Atlanta. 

First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. ET in Arlington. William Hill lists the Dodgers as -172 money line favorites, while the over-under, or total number of runs Vegas thinks will be scored, is 8 in the latest Braves vs. Dodgers odds. Before you make any Dodgers vs. Braves picks, check out the latest MLB predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

This model, which simulates every pitch 10,000 times, returned more than $1,400 on its top-rated MLB money-line and run-line picks in 2019, and anyone who followed it saw huge rewards. It’s off to a profitable start in the 2020 MLB Playoffs, including hitting all three top-rated money-line MLB picks during the first week of the postseason.

Now, the model has dialed in on Braves vs. Dodgers. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the MLB odds from William Hill and trends for Dodgers vs. Braves:

  • Braves vs. Dodgers money line: Dodgers -172, Braves +157
  • Braves vs. Dodgers over-under: 8 runs
  • Braves vs. Dodgers spread: Dodgers -1.5
  • ATL: The Braves have won six straight games
  • LAD: The Dodgers are 9-1 in their last 10 games

Why you should back the Braves

Though the Dodgers will send a legendary figure to the mound, Anderson has been equally dominant in recent days. The 22-year-old finished the regular season with a 1.95 ERA in six starts and, in the playoffs, Anderson has pitched 11.2 innings without allowing a single run. On the whole, the Braves have been the best run prevention team in the playoffs, and Atlanta remains unblemished in the postseason. 

Offensively, the Braves are dynamic, with the No. 1 on-base percentage (.349) and the No. 2 mark in both home runs (103) and runs scored (349) during the regular season. Atlanta also tied Los Angeles for the league lead in slugging percentage (.483) with the top mark in doubles (130). The Braves can’t match the depth of the Dodgers but, at the top, Atlanta is led by a trio of stars in Ronald Acuna, Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna, any of whom are capable of big-time damage.

Why you should back the Dodgers

The Dodgers have the pitching edge on paper, with Kershaw operating at a top-tier level. The 32-year-old left-hander navigated the regular season with a sparkling 2.16 ERA in 10 starts, with Kershaw striking out 9.57 batters and walking only 1.23 batters per nine innings. Kershaw has been even better in the playoffs, posting a 1.93 ERA in two starts and 14 innings, and he faces a pressure-packed scenario against a talented Braves offense. 

Offensively, the Dodgers are stellar and they could be due for positive regression after scoring only one run in the opener. Los Angeles tied for the MLB lead in wRC+ (126) against right-handed pitching this season, posting a .498 slugging percentage and an .837 OPS against right-handers. Given that Anderson pitches from the right side, that is a potential advantage for Los Angeles, especially with Dave Roberts willing to stack his lineup to take advantage of platoon splits.

How to make Dodgers vs. Braves picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total with the simulations calling for 8.5 combined runs. The model also says one side of the money line has all the value. Head to SportsLine now to see the pick. 

So who wins Braves vs. Dodgers? And which side of the money line has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side to jump on, all from the advanced model that returned over $1,400 on MLB picks last year and got off to a profitable start in the 2020 MLB Playoffs.

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