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Cincinnati Reds vs. LA Dodgers

May 24, 2024

The Los Angeles Dodgers (33-19) take on the Cincinnati Reds (20-30) to kick off a three-game series on Friday, May 24 at 7:10 PM ET at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. The moneyline of -165 favors the Dodgers to win.

Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Preview

The Dodgers are on a two-game skid after losing their last couple of matchups to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Their latest defeat was a 6-0 shutout in Game 3 of their series. Over their last handful of matchups, they defeated the Reds in three out of four games. 

James Paxton (5-0) gets the start on the mound and offers an advantage here. He currently has an ERA of 2.84 and a WHIP of 1.38, while the team ERA stands at 3.29.

Shohei Ohtani leads them with a batting average of.354 (the best in the league) and 13 homers (tied for 5th). On top of that, Teoscar Hernandez leads them with 37 RBIs, which ranks seventh-best in the league.

The Dodgers do well at the plate, with a.257 batting average. In addition to their performance at the plate, they do an excellent job of limiting their opponents to a.217 batting average. This should give them an advantage throughout the series.

Cincinnati Reds Betting Preview

The Reds have only landed one win out of their last five games, which was a 2-0 triumph in Game 1 of their series against the San Diego Padres. They are currently on a two-game skid and will attempt another shot at home to get back on track.

Graham Ashcraft (3-3) will attempt to help them succeed on the mound with an ERA of 4.25 and a WHIP of 1.42. Their combined ERA is 3.96, so he has some work to do in order to stay within range.

Their offense has succeeded thanks to Elly De La Cruz, who has a batting average of.254 and has landed nine home runs. He has also accumulated a.345 on-base percentage and a.470 slugging percentage.

The Reds have a.215 batting average and need to be more aggressive at the plate. They are also allowing their opponents to average.238, which is so gently negative in comparison to their offense.

Odds, series trends, and free picks

MyBookie has the odds ready for this MLB showdown, which favors the Dodgers on the road. According to market insights, the Dodgers have a 60.2 percent chance at success.

With strong starter pitching and quality offensive stats, the Dodgers look like the better team here. Despite being on the road, they should have an opportunity to close this out strong, as they already had a successful series last week against the Reds.

Final Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers (-165)