An NL West contest features the Los Angeles Dodgers (71-33) traveling to play the San Francisco Giants (51-54) on Thursday to round out their four-game series. Los Angeles has been playing extremely well, winning seven of their last eight games. Meanwhile, San Francisco has struggled during the second half of the season as it is 0-7 against Los Angeles post-All-Star break.
The first pitch is set for 3:45 p.m. ET from Oracle Park in San Francisco. The Dodgers are the -225 money line favorite (risk $225 to win $100) in the latest Dodgers vs. Giants odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the Giants are a +185 underdog. The over-under for total runs scored is eight. Before making any Giants vs. Dodgers picks, you need to the MLB predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer simulation model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Dodgers vs. Giants and just locked in its picks and MLB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several MLB odds and betting lines for Giants vs. Dodgers:
- Dodgers vs. Giants money line: Los Angeles -225, San Francisco +185
- Dodgers vs. Giants run-line: San Francisco +1.5 (+110)
- Dodgers vs. Giants over-under: eight runs
- LAD: Dodgers are 8-2 in their last 10 during game four of a series
- SF: Giants are 5-2 in their last seven during game four of a series
- Dodgers vs. Giants picks: See picks here.
Why you should back the Dodgers
Right fielder Mookie Betts is an exceptional hitter with great plate coverage and awareness. Betts owns an explosive swing that can drive the ball into the stands with ease. The six-time All-Star has the versatility to play multiple defensive positions as well and is a five-time Gold Glove winner. Betts leads the NL with 73 runs scored and ranks sixth with 24 homers.
Shortstop Trea Turner has a nice combination of bat speed, power, and pitch recognition skills. Turner is a pure hitter, and the two-time All-Star has sure hands and instincts, allowing him to make quick reads at the dish or on the defensive end. Turner is ranked 10th in the majors in batting average (.306), and fifth in RBI (76) with 17 home runs.
Why you should back the Giants
Infielder Wilmer Flores is a smooth hitter who also has great hands, bat speed, and plate coverage. Additionally, the 30-year-old is a reliable defender with sound instincts and a strong throwing arm. Flores is hitting .253 with 16 dingers and 56 RBI, and he heads into this game on a five-game hitting streak.
Austin Slater has had a bit of a breakout season for the Giants while manning all three outfield positions. His OPS of .781 is a career-high while he's posted 16 extra-base hits and gone a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts. He also has great numbers off Kershaw with a 1.050 OPS across 20 career at-bats.
How to make Dodgers vs. Giants picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting 8.4 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.
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