Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals, 2017 NLDS Game 1, Las Vegas Odds, Sports Betting, Picks and Predictions

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Chi. Cubs at Washington, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, October 6, 2017
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, TBS
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.03 ERA) vs. Nationals RH Stephen Strasburg (15-4, 2.52)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Chicago Cubs [K. Hendricks -R] +1½ -160 +148 Ov 7 -130
Washington Nationals [S. Strasburg -R] -1½ +140 -158 Un 7 +110
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The Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at Nationals Park.

Right hander Kyle Hendricks will take the mound for the Cubs to start this game. Hendricks is 7-5 this season with a 3.03 ERA.

It’ll be Stephen Strasburg toeing the rubber for the Nationals in this contest. Right hander Strasburg is 15-4 with a 2.57 ERA so far this season.

Hendricks struggled early in the season, but he has posted an NL-best 2.19 ERA since returning from a hand injury July 24. The 27-year-old has allowed two or fewer runs in 10 of his 13 starts over that stretch, but he gave up three runs over seven innings in a loss to Washington on Aug. 4. Hendricks is 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA in seven postseason starts.

Strasburg was dominant in 10 starts after the All-Star break, going 6-1 with a 0.86 ERA and 76 strikeouts over 62 2/3 innings. The 29-year-old allowed more than one run only twice over that span, and he hasn’t lost since Aug. 19. Strasburg has made only one postseason start – in the 2014 NLDS against San Francisco – and allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings in a tough-luck loss.

Oddsmakers opened the Nationals as -140-moneyline favorites versus the Cubs, while the game’s total opened at 7.

The man who took the ball to start the Chicago Cubs’ World Series clincher gets it again Friday. The Cubs send Kyle Hendricks to the mound opposite fellow right-hander Stephen Strasburg when visiting Chicago begins its quest for another crown in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals.

The Cubs are trying to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since the New York Yankees won three straight from 1998-2000, and only one team since then – the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies – have returned to the World Series the year after winning. “There was maybe a little more pressure last year because you feel the weight of 108 years on your shoulders,” Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant told reporters. “This year, it’s not like it’s different, we’re here for one reason – we want to win the whole thing. Regardless if we won it last year or 108 years ago, it doesn’t matter to us.” Now it’s the Nationals who are trying to get over the hump after being knocked out in the NLDS three times in the past five seasons. The franchise has not won a postseason series since it was in Montreal in 1981.

Washington was a 11-8 loser in its last match on the road against the Pirates. They lost as -192 favorites, while the total score of 19 made winners of OVER bettors.

Chicago was a 3-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Reds. They lost as -182 favorites, while the total score of 4 made winners of UNDER bettors.

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Chicago:
Team record: 92-70 SU
Chi Cubs is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Chi Cubs is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs’s last 15 games

Washington:
Team record: 97-65 SU
Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington’s last 9 games

Next up:
Chicago at Washington Friday, October 6

WALK-OFFS

1. The Nationals won four of seven meetings with the Cubs this season.

2. Cubs OF Jason Heyward is 15-for-37 with four doubles and a homer against Strasburg, which could help him earn a Game 1 start in Chicago’s crowded outfield.

3. Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy was 9-for-25 with two doubles and three homers against the Cubs this season and went 9-for-17 with four homers against Chicago in the 2015 NLCS with the New York Mets.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Washington Nationals will win outright at -158 and the game will stay under 7 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Nationals 3, Cubs 2 at bovada-logo-top-book.

 

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