Braves vs. Dodgers prediction and odds for Saturday, Sept. 2 (Trust offenses to thrive)

The OVER is a great bet in Saturday's Braves-Dodgers matchup.

Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13).
Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13). / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves have taken back-to-back games from the Los Angeles Dodgers, solidifying themselves as the best team in baseball in the process. 

Now, the Braves head into Saturday’s matchup with a guarantee that they’ll at least split this series. All-Star Bryce Elder gets the ball for Atlanta in this game, but the Dodgers have yet to name a starter as of this writing. 

It’s possible the team goes with a bullpen game with Bobby Miller scheduled to go on Sunday.  

Braves vs. Dodgers probable pitchers for Saturday, Sept. 2

  • Braves: Bryce Elder (righty) – 11-4, 3.50 ERA
  • Dodgers: TBD

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Here are the odds and how I plan on wagering on the Braves-Dodgers showdown on Saturday: 

Braves vs. Dodgers odds, run line and total

Braves vs. Dodgers prediction and pick

The first two games of this series have seen 15 and nine runs scored in them, and the Braves put up six on Julio Urias and company on Friday night. 

I expect Atlanta’s No. 1 offense to continue to stay hot if the Dodgers go with an inexperienced starter or a bullpen game in this matchup. 

However, Los Angeles’ offense isn’t a slouch either, ranking in the top three in Major League Baseball this season. 

While Max Fried stifled the Dodgers last night, Elder is not going to have the same luck. 

Despite being named an All-Star this season, Elder has been awful since the All-Star break, posting a 4.78 ERA in eight starts. The Braves’ offense has been good enough to give the team five wins in those eight starts, but I think that gives us a clear path to a best bet tonight: 

The OVER. 

These two offenses are elite, and they’ve combined for 24 runs in two games. I expect this game to push double digits if Elder’s struggles continue. 

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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