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The Houston Astros welcome the Atlanta Braves to Minute Maid Park for Game 1 of the 2021 World Series on Tuesday. Houston defeated the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS to reach the 2021 World Series. Atlanta upended the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS, finishing off the six-game win on Saturday. Charlie Morton takes the ball in Game 1 for the Braves, with Framber Valdez on the mound for the Astros.

First pitch is at 8:09 p.m. ET in Houston. The latest Braves vs. Astros odds from Caesars Sportsbook list Houston as a -135 favorite (risk $135 to win $100) on the money line, while the over-under for total runs is up half a run to 8.5. There are also plenty of 2021 World Series prop bets to consider involving player stats and other game occurrences. Before making any Astros vs. Braves picks or MLB predictions for the World Series 2021, you need to see what SportsLine's No. 1 MLB expert John Bollman has to say.

Bollman combines MLB front-office experience with a deep statistical background. Bollman, who has a master's degree in biostatistics, worked in the Toronto Blue Jays' analytics department in 2018, focusing on high-performance sports science and player development.

In his last 315 MLB picks, Bollman has gone 183-132, returning more than $5,500. Anyone who has followed his picks has seen huge returns.

Now, Bollman has set his sights on Game 1 of the Braves vs. Astros World Series matchup and he just revealed his coveted MLB picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his all of his World Series picks and analysis. Now, here are several MLB odds and World Series betting lines for Astros vs. Braves:

  • Braves vs. Astros money line: Astros -135, Braves +125
  • Braves vs. Astros over-under: 8.5 runs 
  • Braves vs. Astros run line: Astros -1.5 (+145)
  • ATL: The Braves are 48-38 on the road this season 
  • HOU: The Astros are 55-31 in home games this season
Featured Game | Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves

Why you should back the Braves

Atlanta's starting pitching situation is fantastic for Game 1, with Morton posting a 3.34 ERA this season and a 3.45 ERA in a lengthy postseason career. Morton was a top-10 pitcher in the National League this season across multiple categories, including wins above replacement, and the Braves can be confident with the veteran on the mound. Offensively, Atlanta is also quite potent. The Braves led the NL in home runs after the All-Star break (116) and finished the season at No. 2 in the league with 237. 

Atlanta was also one of the most powerful teams in the league in slugging percentage (.435), including a .447 mark after making in-season moves to bolster the outfield. All told, the Braves were No. 3 in the National League with 790 runs scored, and the visitors have star-level players in Freddie Freeman, Austin Riley and Ozzie Albies. In addition, Eddie Rosario is arguably the hottest player in baseball after winning the NLCS MVP, and the Braves have quality depth and an intriguing DH option in slugger Jorge Soler.

Why you should back the Astros

Houston's offense has been the best in baseball this season. The Astros led Major League Baseball in runs (863), hits (1,496), batting average (.267) and on-base percentage (.267) this season, while also leading the league in various catch-all offensive metrics. Houston is deep and talented offensively, and the Astros will also send their hottest pitcher to the mound in Game 1. Valdez, a lefty, gets the ball to open the series, and he posted a very strong 3.14 ERA in 22 starts this season. 

Valdez also held the Boston Red Sox to just one run over a sterling, eight-inning performance in Game 5 of the ALCS. The Braves have a strong lineup, but Atlanta is also facing a starter that allowed only a .626 OPS to right-handed hitters in 2021, which Valdez can use to his advantage in Game 1.

How to make Braves vs. Astros picks

Bollman is taking the over on Kyle Tucker's total bases as one of his favorite Braves vs. Astros props. He has also discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the money line, and he's locked in several other strong 2021 World Series prop bets, including a couple that return higher than 2-1. You can only see his MLB picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Braves vs. Astros in Game 1 of the 2021 World Series? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the money line a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of Braves vs. Astros you need to jump on Tuesday, all from the expert that has crushed his MLB picks, and find out.