Early World Series Odds: Red Sox Favored Over Dodgers, Brewers

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  • The Boston Red Sox have advanced to the 2018 World Series and will take on the winner of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Books opened the Red Sox as -130 favorites against the Dodgers and -200 favorites against the Brewers in World Series lookahead lines.

Following Thursday’s American League Championship Series Game 5 win against the Houston Astros, the Boston Red Sox have officially punched their ticket to the 2018 World Series.

Their opponent in the Fall Classic has yet to be determined as the Los Angeles Dodgers hold a 3-2 series lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Championship Series.

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Los Angeles Dodgers (+100) vs. Boston Red Sox (-130)

The Red Sox are expected to be small favorites over the Dodgers should Los Angeles advance to the World Series.

The Dodgers’ brand and the popularity of its players are likely keeping Los Angeles as a shorter underdog than it should (or will) be.

Milwaukee Brewers (+160) vs. Boston Red Sox (-200)

Despite having a better regular-season record than the Dodgers, the Milwaukee Brewers are considered much less likely to beat the Red Sox in the World Series in these odds.

Milwaukee currently trails Los Angeles in the NLCS, meaning books are likely anticipating much less action coming in on the Brewers compared to the Dodgers (due to the current perception of each team).