Dodgers vs. Nationals Betting Picks, Predictions & Odds: Will Nats Get to Buehler, Kershaw?


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Oct 09, 2019, 05:38 PM EDT
  • The betting odds for Nationals-Dodgers Game 5 opened with the Dodgers as favorites (-145 moneyline odds), compared to +158 for the Nationals.
  • L.A. has ace Walker Buehler starting with Clayton Kershaw available in relief, so it's no wonder that the odds have moved in their direction (currently -168)
  • Which betting picks are offering the most value for tonight's NLDS winner-take-all Game 5? Sean Zerillo examines the matchup and gives his favorite bets.

Dodgers vs. Nationals Betting Picks, Predictions & Odds for Game 5

Probable starters: Stephen Strasburg (18-6 3.32 ERA) vs. Walker Buehler (14-4, 3.26 ERA)

  • Dodgers odds: +146
  • Nationals odds: -168
  • Over/Under:  7
  • First pitch:  8:37 p.m. ET on TBS

Odds as of Wednesday morning and via PointsBet, where Action Network users get an exclusive 200% deposit match (deposit $50, bet with $150).

The Nationals and Dodgers meet on Wednesday night in a deciding Game 5, with Los Angeles hoping to advance to their fourth consecutive NLCS, while the Nats look to position themselves one stage away from the World Series for the first time since 1981, when they were the Montreal Expos.

Compared to a rollicking Braves-Cardinals NLDS, this series hasn’t been nearly as dramatic.

Save for Game 3, there has only been one lead change in this series – but the outcome of Game 3 still hovers over Game 5.

In that 10-4 Dodgers win, the Nationals held a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh inning when they brought Patrick Corbin in to pitch after two days of rest.

The lefty was subsequently shelled for six runs in two-thirds of an inning – and I can’t imagine the Nationals deploying him tonight for the third time in five days.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers should have a tandem of aces on the mound on Wednesday with Clayton Kershaw available in relief behind Walker Buehler.

But now that he’s back on regular rest after his Game 2 win can Stephen Strasburg defeat the Dodgers’ two best arms, win his second game of the series, and help the Nationals upend the NL favorite?



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