NLCS Game 1 Odds & Preview: Cubs vs. Dodgers

Posted by Derrick Harper on October 13, 2017 in

The National League Championship Series opens up on Saturday with the Chicago Cubs going on the road to Los Angeles to meet up against the Dodgers. This is a best of 7 series, with the winner heading to the World Series to take on the winner of the Houston Astros and New York Yankees. Don’t forget to check the latest NLCS Game 1 Odds at MyBookie before placing your betting ticket.

NLCS Game 1 Betting Odds & Preview: Cubs vs. Dodgers

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: Dodger Stadium
  • TV: TBS
  • Radio: 720 AM (Chicago) / 101.7 FM (Los Angeles)
  • Live Stream: MLB.tv
  • NLCS Game 1 Odds: TBA

Weather Forecast

  • Clear: 22°C/71°F
  • Humidity: 47%
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Cloud Cover: 1%
  • Wind: 2 mph NW
  • Stadium Type: Open

MLB – TEAM TOTAL RUNS

Why put your money on the Dodgers NLCS Game 1 Odds?

The Los Angeles Dodgers were the best team in the National League and overall had the best record in all of Major League Baseball. The Dodgers have been to plenty of NLCS in the last decade and failed in all of them. Los Angeles went 57-24 at home this season and finished as one of the best pitching teams in all of the league. The Dodgers team earned run average settled in at 3.38 as their team earned run average.

Offensively, the Dodgers came up big when needed. Cody Bellinger will be the National League Rookie of the Year, after his 39 home run and 97 runs batted in season. The Dodgers as a team scored 770 runs and hit .249. Los Angeles saw Justin Turner emerge as their top hitter with a .322 batting average. In the postseason, the Dodgers swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Runs: 4.79
  • Hits: 8.36
  • Walks: 4.03
  • Strike Outs: 8.53

Defense

  • Runs: 3.58
  • Hits: 7.53
  • Walks: 2.72
  • Strike Outs: 9.56

Why put your money on the Cubs NLCS Game 1 Odds?

No matter how they get the job done, the Chicago Cubs keep finding ways to win games. The Cubs beat the Nationals 9-8 to win the divisional series. During the regular season, Chicago finished as the 4th best scoring team in the league. The Cubs scored 822 runs, and they hit .255 as a team. Cubs top hitter during the regular season was Kris Bryant, who hit .295. Anthony Rizzo provided the power for Chicago with 32 home runs and 109 runs batted in.

Despite the NLCS Game 1 Odds the Cubs are looking to steal one from Los Angeles.

The Cubs pitching finished 7th in the league with a 3.95 earned run average. The starting pitchers tossed 77 quality starts, which was Top 10 in the league. The Cubs are seeking their second straight trip to the World Series, and this is the third year in a row that Chicago is playing in the National League Championship Series. Two seasons ago, they were smacked by the Mets, and last year they beat the Dodgers.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Runs: 5.02
  • Hits: 8.57
  • Walks: 3.83
  • Strike Outs: 8.70

Defense

  • Runs: 4.28
  • Hits: 7.91
  • Walks: 3.47
  • Strike Outs: 8.86

Latest NLCS Game 1 Betting Trends

  • Cubs are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games
  • Cubs are 18-6 SU in their last 24 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games
  • Dodgers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games
  • Dodgers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers’s last 6 games

Expert Final Analysis & Betting Pick

Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in this game. Kershaw was the best pitcher in the National League all season. The big lefthander finished with 18 wins during the regular season. Despite a few injuries, Kershaw struck out 202 batters, and walked just 30, pitching just 175 innings.

The Chicago Cubs have yet to announce who they are going to pitch in Game 1. It appears likely that veteran John Lackey will get the start. Jon Lester, Jose Quintana pitched out of the bullpen in recent games, while Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks started the last two games. Lackey is the oldest player on the Cubs roster and has pitched in several previous postseasons. This should be a great game, but it’s hard to bet against Clayton Kershaw. He is good and will show that against the Cubs. Take the Dodgers over the Cubs on Saturday.