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The Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2020 World Series, with Game 1 set for Tuesday evening in Arlington, Tex. Both teams needed seven games in the League Championship Series to advance, with the Dodgers upending the Braves and the Rays knocking off the Astros. Tyler Glasnow will take the ball in Game 1 for the Rays, with the Dodgers countering with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.

First pitch is at 8:09 p.m. ET. William Hill lists Los Angeles as the -160 favorite on the money line, down from opening at -172. The over-under for total runs scored is 7.5, down half a run from the opening Dodgers vs. Rays odds. Before making any Rays vs. Dodgers picks for Game 1, check out the latest MLB predictions from the SDQL Gurus over at SportsLine

They're a group of serious scientists who use artificial intelligence, risk management and the Sports Data Query Language (SDQL) database to capitalize on inefficiencies in the betting market. Entering the 2020 World Series, the SDQL Gurus are an impressive 146-87 (63 percent) on MLB picks, returning their followers nearly $1,100.

Now, the SDQL Gurus have dialed in on Game 1 of Dodgers vs. Rays in the 2020 World Series. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the MLB odds from William Hill and trends for Rays vs. Dodgers:

  • Dodgers vs. Rays money line: Dodgers -160, Rays +15o
  • Dodgers vs. Rays over-under: 7.5 runs
  • Dodgers vs. Rays spread: Dodgers -1.5
  • LAD: The Dodgers are 13-3 in the last 16 games
  • TB: The Rays are 13-5 in the last 18 games

Why you should back the Dodgers

The Dodgers were excellent in the regular season, posting the league's best record while leading MLB in home runs, runs scored and ERA. In the playoffs, Los Angeles has maintained that elite status, performing well offensively and in run prevention. The Dodgers have an .812 OPS as a team in the postseason, leading the league with 22 doubles and a .355 on-base percentage against quality competition. Individually, 26-year-old shortstop Corey Seager is in a groove in the 2020 MLB Playoffs, with a blistering .766 slugging percentage to go along with six home runs and four doubles in 12 games. 

On the opposite side, Los Angeles maintains an electric 3.36 ERA in the playoffs, headlined by a comeback win over Atlanta in which the Dodgers allowed only seven runs in the final three games. Though the Dodgers are seen as potentially vulnerable without a dominant closer, Los Angeles brings a deep and talented bullpen to the table, finishing second in MLB in ERA (2.74) and leading the league in walk rate (2.57 per nine innings), home-run rate (0.82 per nine innings) and ground-ball rate (51.0 percent) during the regular season. 

Why you should back the Rays

The Rays flirted with disaster against the Astros, but they've been a fantastic team this season, including during their playoff run. The Rays lead MLB with 25 home runs in the postseason, with Randy Arozarena performing as arguably the best offensive player in the playoffs. Arozarena has seven home runs in 14 games, scoring 14 runs, adding 11 extra-base hits overall and posting an unbelievable .382/.433/.855 batting line.

Tampa Bay is also pitching quite well, posting a 3.36 ERA that is best among teams that advanced beyond the Wild Card round. The Rays are built with run prevention in mind, including a stellar bullpen that led the league in wins above replacement and ranked third in ERA (3.37) during the regular season. 

How to make Dodgers vs. Rays picks

The SDQL Gurus are leaning over on the total and they've also found an alarming 12-0 betting trend that makes one side of the money line a huge value. Head to SportsLine now to see the pick

So who wins Rays vs. Dodgers? And which side of the money line has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side to jump on, all from the group of data scientists who have returned almost $1,100 on MLB picks.