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Dan Hunter 04 Jun 2021
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LA Dodgers @ Atlanta Braves Live Stream & Tips 


The LA Dodgers take on the Atlanta Braves in the first of a three-match series of MLB regular-season games starting on Saturday, June 5. Both Los Angeles and Atlanta play out of the National League; the Dodgers are 3rd in the West Division while the Braves are 3rd in the East Division. 

The LA Dodgers are the reigning World Series Champions, and are favorites to retain their title. After making a strong start to the 2021 season that saw them win their first five series, the Dodgers then suffered a sequence of five-straight series defeats, during which they won just four games and lost 14. They rebounded to win 13 out of 15 games, including 4 series wins. 

While the Dodgers have lost four of their last six games, they have just won a series against St. Louis by two games to one. Now comes a three-match series against the Atlanta Braves, a team they haven’t played during the regular season since 2019. The Atlanta Braves have won eight series so far this season, although in terms of games they are currently sporting a losing record of 25-28. Last season Atlanta finished top of the East Division and went on to have an excellent run in the MLB playoffs, so the pressure is on for them to equal or even improve upon last year’s results in 2021. 

I’m backing the LA Dodgers to defeat the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, based off their head-to-head since 2018, both teams records for this year, and the fact that the Dodgers tend to start a series strongly.

  • Dodgers 3rd in NL West Division
  • Dodgers 33-23 this season
  • Braves 3rd in NL East Division
  • Braves 25-28 this season

Head to Head 


The LA Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves have played each other just 13 times in four seasons from 2018 to today, with the score at 9-4 to the Dodgers. They didn’t play each other in 2020, and in 2019 they met six times, with the Dodgers leading 4-2. In 2018 they played each other seven times, with Los Angeles leading 5-2. 

LA Dodgers Form


The LA Dodgers seem to enjoy putting their fans through the ringer; the defending World Series winners went 13-2 in their opening 15 games this season, winning 5 series. They then suffered a complete loss of form, losing five consecutive series and compiling a 4-14 match sequence. However, the Dodgers turned things around and went 15-3 from early May, winning four series. 

Last week the Dodgers lost a four-match series 3-1 to the San Francisco Giants, but rebounded this week to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals two games to one. In their most recent match, the Dodgers thrashed St. Louis 14-3, their second biggest win of the season.

Atlanta Braves Form


The Braves were founded in 1871, and have been based in Atlanta since 1966. The Braves are three time World Series winners, most recently in 1995. Last year, the Atlanta Braves won the National League East Division title, and in the playoffs defeated the Cincinnati Reds and the Miami Marlins to reach the League Championship Series, where they were beaten by the LA Dodgers 4-3. 

After the standards Atlanta set for themselves last season, the pressure is on to perform just as well or even better in 2021. If that is to happen, the Braves need to tighten up their defense, because their current ratio of runs scored to runs conceded is -7, while last season they finished with a +60 ratio. By comparison, the LA Dodgers current run ratio is the best in the MLB right now at +83.

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When is the Los Angeles Dodgers @ Atlanta Braves match taking place?

Los Angeles Dodgers @ Atlanta Braves takes place at 11:20 PM (AEDT) on Saturday, June 5

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Verdict

This will be the first match of 2021 between the LA Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves. Last season, LA and Atlanta didn’t play each other at all during the regular season, but they did meet in the League Championship Series of the playoffs where the Braves lost 4-3 in games to the Dodgers.

While both teams occupy third place in their respective divisions, the Atlanta Braves are currently 25-28 while the LA Dodgers are 33-23. In terms of run difference, Atlanta are -7, while the Dodgers are +83, the best ratio in MLB.

I’m backing the LA Dodgers to win the opening game of their three-match series against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, based off the above factors plus the Dodgers habit of winning the first game of a series. The Dodgers will win this match decisively with a scoreline along akin to 10-2 or 11-3.
Best Bet: Dodgers Winner @-129.87 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Over 9 Total Runs @100.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Over 4.5 Dodgers Total Runs @-322.58 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Under 3.5 Braves Total Runs @115.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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