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The Houston Astros can exact some revenge on the Atlanta Braves when the two teams collide in the first contest of a three-game series on Friday in Atlanta. Last season, the Astros lost to the Braves in the World Series in six games, and Friday's matchup will be the first meeting between the teams since then. Atlanta is a -130 favorite in the latest Braves vs. Astros odds from Caesars Sportsbook while Houston is a +110 underdog.

First pitch is set for 7:20 p.m. ET from Truist Park. The game is one of 15 on the MLB schedule for Friday. Elsewhere in the majors, the American League Central-leading Guardians host the surging White Sox, and the slumping Yankees try to turn things around against the Blue Jays. Before making any MLB picks or parlays, be sure to check out the MLB predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every MLB game 10,000 times, and it is a 300-260 on top-rated MLB money-line picks since the start of the 2021 season. This is the same model that pegged the 2021 Atlanta Braves at 10-1 as one of three best bets to win the World Series. Anybody who has followed the model has seen profitable returns.

Now, the model has locked in four confident MLB best bets for Friday. They all involve games at 7:05 p.m. ET or later, so there's still time to get these MLB picks in. If you successfully parlay the picks, you'd be looking at a payout of well over 11-1. You can only see the model's MLB picks at SportsLine

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The model, which ran 10,000 simulations on each of Friday's games, likes Texas (+118) to knock off Minnesota. The Rangers are coming off their best offensive performance in four weeks, scoring 10 runs on 10 hits in a victory over the A's. The Twins are coming off a 4-0 win over the Royals.

Texas has a big pitching edge entering Friday's game. Rangers starter Martin Perez (9-3, 2.79 ERA) has lost only one game since April 17, a stretch of 21 starts. Meanwhile, Minnesota has lost three of the last four games started by Dylan Bundy (6-5, 4.76), who is set to take the mound on Friday. See who else to back right here.

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How to make MLB picks and parlays for Friday

The model also locked in three other best bets for Friday, including a play on another American League underdog. You can see the model's MLB Friday best bets and parlay only at SportsLine

What MLB picks should you target for a payout of well over 11-1? And what underdog does the model like on Friday? Visit SportsLine now to see the MLB best bets from an advanced model that is on a 300-260 run on top-rated MLB money-line picks since the start of 2021, and find out.