The Los Angeles Dodgers are no strangers to pressure at this point in the 2021 MLB playoffs. The Dodgers faced elimination in the NLDS before knocking off the San Francisco Giants, and Los Angeles trails the Atlanta Braves by a 1-0 margin in the NLCS. Atlanta picked up the Game 1 win on Saturday evening in their home venue, and the Braves will aim to repeat that effort on Sunday in Game 2. The Dodgers will stand behind Max Scherzer in an attempt to even the best-of-seven matchup. 

First pitch is at 7:38 p.m. ET in Atlanta. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Dodgers as -160 favorites (risk $160 to win $100) on the money line, while the over-under, or total number of runs Vegas thinks will be scored, is 7.5 in the latest Dodgers vs. Braves odds. Before you make any Braves vs. Dodgers picks, be sure to check out the MLB predictions from SportsLine's advanced computer model

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, enters the second week of the 2021 MLB playoffs with a 207-175 record on top-rated MLB money-line picks, returning well over $700. It also had a banner 2019 season, the league's last full schedule, returning more than $1,400 on its top-rated money-line and run-line MLB picks. Anyone following it has seen some huge returns.

Now, the model has dialed in on Dodgers vs. Braves and released its coveted 2021 NLCS picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's NLCS picks. Here are the MLB odds and betting lines for Braves vs. Dodgers:

  • Dodgers vs. Braves money line: Dodgers -160, Braves +150
  • Dodgers vs. Braves over-under: 7.5 runs
  • Dodgers vs. Braves run line: Dodgers -1.5 (-105)
  • LAD: The Dodgers are 50-35 in 2021 road games
  • ATL: The Braves are 45-38 at home this season
Featured Game | Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Why you should back the Dodgers

The Dodgers are not only talented and productive, but they are also deep. Los Angeles had seven different position players post an OPS of at least .832 over large samples in the regular season, and 10 different players blasted double-digit home runs. The Dodgers led the National League in scoring with 830 runs, and Los Angeles was MLB's best team in run differential (+269). While Atlanta has very strong position players as well, the Dodgers have a clear depth advantage which could manifest in a playoff environment. 

Los Angeles also has tremendous run prevention tools. The Dodgers led the NL in runs allowed (561) and team ERA (3.01), with the No. 1 mark in hits allowed and the No. 2 mark in strikeouts. Starting pitching is always big in the playoffs, but Los Angeles has navigated the postseason environment using openers, and the Dodgers finished No. 2 in the NL with a 3.16 ERA from their bullpen in 2021.

Why you should back the Braves

Atlanta's offense is the team's overall calling card in 2021. The Braves scored the third-most runs in the National League and, overall, the team has tremendous power potential on any given night. In Game 2, Brian Snitker will hand the ball to Ian Anderson, and Atlanta can have confidence in the young right-hander. Anderson owns a shiny 0.76 career ERA in the postseason, allowing zero runs in four of five career playoff appearances. He threw five shutout frames against Milwaukee in the NLDS, striking out six batters and allowing only three baserunners in the game. 

In the regular season, Anderson also performed well with a 3.58 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 128.1 innings. The Braves also put a strong defense behind Anderson, and he has been even better at home in 2021, with a 3.52 ERA and nearly three times as many strikeouts as walks.

How to make Braves vs. Dodgers NLCS picks

SportsLine's model is leaning under on the run total, projecting 7.3 combined runs. It also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the model's MLB picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Dodgers vs. Braves in Game 2 of the 2021 National League Championship Series? And which side has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of Dodgers vs. Braves you need to jump on Sunday, all from the model that has crushed its MLB picks, and find out.