NLCS Game 5 Braves vs. Dodgers: Betting Picks, Odds, Preview, and Predictions

Complete Analysis on Tonight's NLCS Game 5 Matchups + Staff Best Bets!

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Peter’s 2021 MLB Regular Season Record: 264-201 (56.8%).
2021 Postseason Record: 17-11

NLCS: Atlanta Braves (+125) at Los Angeles Dodgers (-145) at 8:08 PM EST on TBS.

Series Lead: Braves Lead 3-1.

Max Fried (LHP, Braves) [14-7, 3.04 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 165.2 IP, 158 K, 41 BB]

Joe Kelly (RHP, Dodgers) (Expected Bullpen Game)

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Click here for a complete preview of the Braves vs. Dodgers series.

Peter’s Best Bet: Braves vs. Dodgers First 5 Innings Under 4.5 Runs (-115)

Stats to Watch

  • Max Fried will most likely be the starter for the Braves.
  • The should be a bullpen game for the Dodgers. Only Phil Bickford, Justin Bruhl, and Tony Gonsolin pitched in last night’s game, so the Dodgers bullpen should be at least somewhat rested.
  • The Dodgers will probably start with Joey Kelly followed by a combination of Brusdar Graterol, Alex Vessia and Corey Knebel. Blake Treinen and Kenley Jansen will probably have to get more than three outs.
  • Tyler Matzek has pitched every game this series, and AJ Minter has pitched in three of four. They will most likely not be avaviable for this one.
  • Justin Turner was removed from last night’s game with a hamstring injury. At this time, it is uncertain whether he will be available.
  • Max Fried Home ERA: 2.94. Max Fried Road ERA: 3.14.
  • Max Fried Stat Line vs. Dodgers in 2021: 3 GS, 18 IP, 17 H, 5 ER, 18 K, 2.50 ERA.
  • Max Fried went six innings, allowing just two runs in a Game 1 victory over the Dodgers. That was on October 16th, so he will be on normal rest.
  • The Dodgers have a .561 OPS against left-handed pitching in the playoffs, and a .757 OPS in the regular season. Lefties appear to hurt the Dodgers.
  • The Over is 3-1 in this series.
  • Dodgers Bullpen ERA in the Playoffs: 2.74. Braves Bullpen ERA in the Playoffs: 2.60.
  • The Braves were 36-13 during the regular season as underdogs. They are an underdog today.
  • The Braves were 46-35 on the road this year, while the Dodgers finished 58-23 at home.

Just Baseball Staff Best Bets

Aram Leighton (14-10): Atlanta Braves ML (+125), Braves vs. Dodgers First 5 Innings Under 4.5 Runs (-115)

Ethan Budkowsky (10-9): Los Angeles Dodgers ML (-145)

Colby Olson (11-11): Braves vs. Dodgers Over 8 Runs (-110), Los Angeles Dodgers ML (-145)

Derek Johnson (13-9): Atlanta Braves ML (+125), Braves vs. Dodgers Under 8 Runs (-110)

Ben Bilotti (11-15): Atlanta Braves ML (+125), Max Fried Over 6 K’s (-120)

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Will Cohen (8-5): Atlanta Braves ML (+125)

Jack McMullen (4-8-1): Eddie Rosario for a Multi-Hit Day (+250), Atlanta Braves ML (+125)

Playoff Staff Records

Peter Appel: (17-11)

Jack McMullen (4-8-1)

Colby Olson (11-11)

Ryan Miller (3-3)

Cam Kerry (7-6)

Aram Leighton (14-10)

Ben Bilotti (11-15)

Javier Reyes (6-5)

Will Cohen (8-5)

Derek Johnson (13-9)

Ethan Budkowsky (10-9)

Kendall McKee (1-5)

Dustin Demeter (1-1)

T Wright (2-2)

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