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Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

It’s a battle of National League contenders in the North Side of Chicago on Tuesday night, although neither the Atlanta Braves or Chicago Cubs are playing great baseball.

The Braves go into Tuesday's opener on the back of a series loss to the Padres while the Cubs just lost three out of four games to the Pirates. However, this series is an opportunity for one team to start afresh, with Charlie Morton and Javier Assad taking the mound in the series opener.

Morton has aged like a fine wine as he owns a 3.52 ERA and 3.60 xERA at the age of 40 so far this season. He’s completed at least five innings in seven of his eight starts, so he’s still producing for the Braves.

As for Assad, he’s been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball this season with a 1.49 ERA in nine starts.

Let’s preview this matchup between these two above average pitchers and excellent lineups.

Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs betting picks and predictions

Chicago Cubs ML (+105)

With Assad on the mound, the Cubs are certainly worth a look as underdogs. In 48.1 innings, Assad owns a 1.49 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP. His keys to success have been limiting hard contact and minimizing walks which has helped him beat some of the best lineups in baseball.

In fact, his last start was against this same Braves lineup in Atlanta. Assad was fantastic under the bright lights as he threw six scoreless innings and surrendered just four hits while striking out seven.

Atlanta’s star-studded lineup has not lived up to expectations so far this season as Ronald Acuna Jr. and Matt Olson have struggled out of the gate while Austin Riley is dealing with an injury.

Plus, the Braves are without Spencer Strider in the rotation, so there has been even more pressure on Morton. While Morton has been a decent pitcher so far, he allowed four runs, five hits, and three walks against the Cubs in his last outing.

Chicago has the pitching advantage, so the Cubs are a solid bet at plus odds.

Under 11.0 Runs (-110)

It’s one of the highest totals of the day, and it’s because of the wind at Wrigley Field. Chicago is living up to its nickname of the “Windy City” as 10-15 MPH gusts of wind are forecasted to be blowing out towards center field on Tuesday night. That will create extremely hitter-friendly conditions, but even then, we still have two solid pitchers on the mound.

Plus, Assad has surrendered just two runs in over 22 innings pitched at home this season. In addition to that, he primarily uses a sinker which has resulted in an above-average ground ball rate.

Morton is similar to Assad in the fact that he doesn’t get hit hard and gets plenty of ground balls. The veteran ranks in the 71st percentile for ground ball rate, and the main reason for that is his wicked curveball.

The Cubs will get on top of the curve and drive it into the ground which should minimize the chance of a ball being caught in the wind and blown out of the park. Although it’s a high total and a windy day, the Under is the choice given the talent on the mound for each team.

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Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs odds

Atlanta Braves

-125 ML

Chicago Cubs

+105 ML

Run Line

ATL Braves -1.5


O/U 11.0

Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs player props

Player Home Run Odds

Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL Braves)


Marcell Ozuna (ATL Braves)


Matt Olson (ATL Braves)


Cody Bellinger (CHI Cubs)


Seiya Suzuki (CHI Cubs)


Christopher Morel (CHI Cubs)


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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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