Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers prediction, odds, pick, and more
The Arizona Diamondbacks will head to The Golden State to take on the reigning MLB champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the first game of their three-game series. It’s time to continue our MLB odds series and make a Diamondbacks-Dodgers prediction and pick.
The Dodgers are one of the best teams in Baseball with a 54-34 record. They are currently in second place in the stacked National League West and are the betting favorites to win a second consecutive championship.
Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks are far off the pace of their divisional rivals. They have the worst record in Majors at 25-64. However, they swept the Colorado Rockies in their latest season series and will be looking to carry over that momentum.
Here’s how sportsbooks have set the Diamondbacks-Dodgers odds.
MLB Odds: Diamondbacks-Dodgers Odds
Arizona Diamondbacks+1.5 (+115)
Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (-135)
Over 8.5 Runs (-118)
Under 8.5 Runs (-102)
Why The Dodgers Could Cover The Spread
Despite the Dodgers’ outstanding record thus far, they are only covering the run-line 48.9%. However, at home, that number increases to 53.7%.
Los Angeles plans to give the former Cy Young winner, David Price, his 4th start of the season. The left-hander has an ERA of 3.58 and is undefeated in his other starts. However, do not expect Price to be on the mound for long, as he has not pitched more than two innings all season.
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— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 8, 2021
The Dodgers have been spectacular at the plate this season. They have tallied 112 home runs and have the best on-base percentage in the National League at .335.
Individually, Max Muncy has had the biggest bat for the Dodgers. The left-handed hitter leads the team with 18 home runs and has a batting average of .262. He also has tallied a team-best of 47 RBIs this season.
If David Price can have a strong start on the mound and the Dodgers can stay locked in offensively, they will have no issues against the Diamondbacks.
Why The Diamondbacks Could Cover The Spread
The Diamondbacks are 42-47 against the run line this season, and that number falls even lower when they are on the road. They cover just 41.3% of the time when playing out of Arizona.
Arizona plans to start Taylor Widener on the mound. This will be the 26-year-olds sixth start of the season, but he only has one decision (1-0). He has a 2.63 ERA and a 1.167 WHIP on the year.
The Diamondbacks lack power from the batter’s box. As a team, they only have 78 home runs, 25 homers under the league average, and are batting just .231.
Hopefully, their recent call-up Stuart Fairchild will bring a much-needed energy to the team.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) July 7, 2021
Final Diamondbacks-Dodgers Prediction & Pick
The Dodgers have dominated the Diamondbacks all year. They have already swept Arizona twice this season and have nine straight home victories over their divisional rival.
For those reasons and the discrepancy we see at the batters’ box, the Dodgers will cover the run line against the Diamondbacks.
FINAL PICK: Dodgers -1.5 (-135)