Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves NLCS Game 2 Betting Preview/Player Prop

17 October 2021

Game 2 of the NLCS is set for Sunday in a matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves. It was the Braves that came away with a walk-off win in the series opener, and they look to take control of this series.

Los Angeles has really struggled in the first game of a playoff series dating back to last year, but they always find a way to respond. The Dodgers won’t be in panic mode on Sunday, but they do need to play better.

Atlanta has experience in facing the Dodgers in the postseason as they took a big lead in the NLCS a season ago. There is plenty of pressure on the Braves to win another game at home to protect the home-field advantage.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the betting favorites at -187 on the moneyline over the Atlanta Braves.

Scherzer Set to Start

Max Scherzer will be on the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, and that automatically gives the visitors a clear edge. Scherzer has given up just six hits in 12 postseason innings pitched this month, and he is familiar with the Braves lineup.

Los Angeles continues to struggle on offense at times, and it has been their biggest problem throughout the season. The Dodgers have played seven games so far in the playoffs and scored three runs or less in five of those games.

Mookie Betts is the clear leader of this offense, and he must find a way to spark the offense. If the Dodgers aren’t going to string hits together, then they need to find some power.

Braves Need Bats to Lead

Atlanta is not going to win many pitchers’ duels in the postseason, but they have a lineup that can take charge. The Braves have now won four straight games in the postseason, and they have come up with clutch hits throughout.

Joc Pederson delivered a big home run in the series against Milwaukee, and he would love to come through against his former team. Atlanta will need to run into some fastballs against Scherzer if they want to do some damage.

Ian Anderson is making this start for the Braves, and he was sharp in his first start in the postseason. Anderson didn’t give up a run in a five-inning victory, but the Braves will need him to go deeper in this game.

Dodgers Beat Up on Braves

Los Angeles has a big edge in the pitching matchup on Sunday, and that should take some pressure off of the struggling offense. Don’t expect Max Scherzer to give up many runs at all, and that should allow the Dodgers to get some separation.

Atlanta was able to stun the Dodgers in Game 1, but they are still the big underdogs in this series. The Braves won’t just roll over because Scherzer is throwing in this game, but it’s hard to see them doing much scoring at all.

This should be a competitive series throughout, and it will be evened up after two games. Bet the Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 as they beat up on the Atlanta Braves to even up this series at 1-1.

Player Prop

Freddie Freeman (-290) Over 0.5 Hits

The fact that the Braves won the opener of the NLCS may have been a surprise to some. The fact that they did it without a big day from Freeman was probably a bigger surprise.

The reigning NL MVP went 0-for-4 last night with 4 Ks.  The golden sombrero certainly wasn’t reflective of his regular season where he had another banner year with a .300 average, 31 HRs, 83 RBI and a .896 OPS.

Freeman was at his best down the stretch as the Braves made a move to win the division title. He hit .371 in July, .311 in August and .320 in September.

And while it took him a while to warm up in the ALDS against Milwaukee, when he did, it was big. Freeman finished off the Brewers with 3 hits in the final game, including the game-winning HR off Brewer closer Josh Hader.

We’ll look for Freeman (-290) to bounce back tonight and collect at least one hit against the Dodgers.

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