Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers odds, predictions, picks and best bets

The Arizona Diamondbacks (58-57, second in NL West) battle the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers (77-40) in the first of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium Friday at 10:10 p.M. Eastern.

Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook; for a full-set of today’s sports betting odds, access them at USA TODAY Sports.

Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers: Projected Starting Pitchers

LHP Robbie Ray vs. RHP Walker Buehler.

Ray enters Friday with a 4.03 ERA but 3.62 xFIP through 24 starts and 134 innings. He’s striking out 11.96 batters per nine against a 3.90 walk rate, which has been steadily improving. The 27-year-old has been slightly worse on the road with a 4.12 ERA and .322 opponent wOBA. Last outing: Ray was roughed up for four earned runs over five innings but still picked up the win over the Washington Nationals. He hasn’t allowed a walk in two straight starts.

Buehler is coming off arguably his best performance of the season, striking out 15 with no walks and just one solo homer allowed in a complete-game victory over the San Diego Padres. The 25-year-old has pitched to a 2.54 ERA at Dodger Stadium with an opponent slash line of .197/.209/.317.

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Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers: By the Numbers

  • The Dodgers are up 8-4 in the head-to-head season series and have lost just once at home. The series is 7-4-1 against the over/under.
  • The Diamondbacks have gone 5-5 straight up and 6-4 against the O/U over their last 10 games. The Dodgers are 8-2 SU but just 2-8 against the O/U.
  • The active Dodgers batting order struggles against lefty pitching, operating at a team OPS of just .733 to rank 26th in the league. The Diamondbacks rank 14th against righties.
  • The Dodgers have a slight edge between the bullpens with a 3.72 ERA compared to the Diamondbacks’ group rate of 3.90.
  • Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers: Key Injuries

    Dodgers OF Alex Verdugo was the latest addition to the injured list. He’s dealing with a right oblique strain.

    Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers: Picks and Betting Tips

    Moneyline: The Dodgers are an automatic bet when Buehler takes the mound, but we’ll avoid the heavy -186 price on the moneyline in favor of some better value on the run line.

    Run line: The +120 for the Dodgers to cover -1.5 is a good bet to exploit a wonky number by the books. The Dodgers’ offense struggles against lefties and hasn’t been nearly as hot of late, but it doesn’t need to do much to support Buehler.

    Over/under: Take the UNDER (7.5, -110) with Buehler shutting down the D-Backs and the Dodgers unlikely to put up many runs against a tough lefty.

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