Chicago Cubs (41-33) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (44-30)
June 24, 2021 10:10 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -201 / Chicago Cubs +184; Over/Under: -7.5
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The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Thursday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium. The Cubs need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Dodgers look for a win after splitting their last eight games.
The Chicago Cubs have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in eight of their last nine games. The Cubs have lost six of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with 68 hits and 40 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez have combined for 112 hits and 76 RBI. Zach Davies gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 4.66 ERA and 45 strikeouts this season. Davies is 3-3 with a 2.37 ERA and 40 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Dodgers have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Justin Turner leads the Dodgers with 71 hits and 39 RBI while Chris Taylor and Mookie Betts have combined for 122 hits and 65 RBI. Walker Buehler gets the ball, and he is 7-0 with a 2.38 ERA and 88 strikeouts this season. Buehler is 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 6-1 in their last 7 games following an off day and 66-30 in their last 97 Thursday games. The Dodgers are 48-19 in their last 67 home games and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The under is 5-1 in Cubs last 6 road games. The under is 3-0-1 in Dodgers last 4 home games. The Cubs are 3-10 in the last 13 meetings in Los Angeles and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
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I’m not running to the window to back the Dodgers with these steep prices, but they are at home with one of their aces on the hill in Buehler. The Cubs offense has also fallen off a cliff, and I doubt this is going to be the game they snap back. I have no choice but to side with the Dodgers here, and I’ll take the RL for max betting value.