Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers NLCS Game 1 odds, picks and best bets – USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire

The third-seeded Atlanta Braves meet the top-seeded Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, Monday. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET.

The Dodgers are the official home team because they finished with the better regular-season record and will be batting in the bottom of the inning for Games 1 and 2 (and Games 6 and 7, if necessary). Below, we analyze the Braves-Dodgers Game 1 MLB betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets.

Braves vs. Dodgers: Projected starting pitchers

LHP Max Fried vs. RHP Walker Buehler

Fried (regular season): 7-0 with a 2.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 8.0 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 56 IP over 11 starts.

  • 2020 postseason: 0-0 with a 3.27 ERA, 12 H, 4 ER, 9 K and 0 BB across 11 IP over 2 starts. Atlanta is 2-0 in Fried’s starts.
  • Career vs. Dodgers: 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA, 1.91 WHIP, 16 K and 7 BB in 11 IP over 3 starts.
  • The current Dodgers lineup vs. Fried: .379/.471/.690 with 3 HR in 29 at-bats.

Buehler (regular season): 1-0 with a 3.44 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 10.3 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 36 2/3 IP over 8 starts.

  • 2020 postseason: 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA, 5 H, 3 ER, 16 K and 6 BB in 8 IP over 2 starts. Los Angeles is 2-0 in playoff games Buehler starts.
  • Career vs. Braves: 2-0 with a 2.92
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