Teams not expected to advance this deep into the 2021 MLB playoffs meet on Tuesday when the Atlanta Braves battle the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the 2021 World Series at Houston. The Braves (88-73), who had a losing record past the All-Star break before surging late to capture the National League East Division title, are coming off a 4-2 series win over the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros (95-67), who finished as the second seed and five games worse than the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays, disposed of the Boston Red Sox 4-2 in the ALCS. This will be the sixth time in postseason history the Braves and Astros will meet, but the first time in a World Series.

The game from Minute Maid Park is slated to begin at 8:09 p.m. ET. Both teams have used the long ball to their advantage this postseason. Houston has belted 13 homers this October, third-best in MLB, while Atlanta has connected for 12, fourth-best. Houston is a -135 favorite (risk $135 to win $100) on the money line in the latest Astros vs. Braves odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total runs scored is up to 8.5. Before making any Braves vs. Astros picks, make sure you check out the latest MLB predictions and betting advice from the red-hot SportsLine Projection Model.

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, enters the 2021 World Series with a 208-178 record on top-rated MLB money-line picks, returning almost $600. Anyone following it has seen some huge returns.

Now, the model has dialed in on Braves vs. Astros and just revealed its 2021 World Series picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's Astros vs. Braves picks. Now, here are several MLB odds and betting lines for Astros vs. Braves:

  • Braves vs. Astros money line: Atlanta +125, Houston -135         
  • Braves vs. Astros run line: Houston -1.5 (+145)
  • Braves vs. Astros over-under: 8.5 runs         
  • ATL: The Braves are 14-3 in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record 
  • HOU: The Astros are 7-1 in their last eight games as favorites
Featured Game | Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves

Why you should back the Astros

Houston will send left-hander Framber Valdez (11-6, 3.14 ERA) to the mound. Valdez was sharp in his last outing, a 9-1 Astros win over Boston in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. Outfielder Michael Brantley has come up big at times this postseason with hits in four straight games. In Games 4 and 5 of the ALCS against Boston, Brantley went 2-for-5 both times, driving in four runs total. In the ALDS vs. the Chicago White Sox, he was on fire, going 7-for-19 (.368), including a 3-for-6 performance with two RBIs in the decisive 10-1 Game 4 victory. In 10 postseason games, Brantley is batting .311 with two doubles, eight RBIs and one stolen base.

Outfielder Kyle Tucker has driven in a whopping 15 runs this postseason with two doubles and four home runs. He has hits in eight of 10 postseason games, including three multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games. In the decisive Game 6 win over the Red Sox in the ALCS, Tucker hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to all but seal the victory. During the regular season, Tucker batted .294 with 30 home runs, 92 RBIs and 83 runs scored.

Why you should back the Braves

Atlanta sends postseason veteran Charlie Morton to the mound, and he'll be backed by a deep lineup. First baseman Freddie Freeman continues to come up big when needed. It was his home run that propelled the Braves past the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 in Game 4 of the NLDS. He also homered and drove in two runs in Atlanta's 9-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS. Freeman is hitting .294 in 10 postseason games with two doubles, three homers, six RBIs and 10 walks. He has a .618 slugging percentage.

Outfielder Joc Pederson is also a big part of the Atlanta offense. He is hitting .276 this postseason with three homers and nine RBIs, including a 2-for-4 performance in a Game 3 loss to Los Angeles in the NLCS. In 64 regular-season games after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs, Pederson hit .249, including eight doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 22 RBIs. He also drew 17 walks.

How to make Braves vs. Astros picks

SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 8.9 runs. It also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the model's Astros vs. Braves pick at SportsLine

So who wins Braves vs. Astros? And which side of the money line has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Braves vs. Astros spread to jump on Tuesday, all from the advanced model that has returned nearly $600 on MLB picks in 2021, and find out.