The Duel

Cubs vs Braves Expert Predictions

By Kevin Nardone
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First pitch for Thursday's matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. EST at SunTrust Park.

The Braves (-120) are favorites over the Cubs (+104) in tonight's game, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. The Braves took the first two games of the series and will look to starter Max Fried to complete the series sweep over Yu Darvish and the Cubs.

As it's always smart to hear what those in the industry have to say before placing a bet, here are some expert predictions for Thursday night's MLB game.

Cubs vs Braves Predictions

Cappers Picks

The team over at Cappers Picks likes Atlanta moneyline in this one. Much of the faith that Cappers Picks has in the Braves stems from fading Darvish. They're also optimistic that Fried can do enough to let the Braves' bats take advantage of the struggling veteran starting for Chicago.

WagerTalkNews

The team at WagerTalkNews is also skeptical of Darvish when handicapping Thursday's game. They cite his first outing of the year in Texas that saw him walk seven batters and allow three runs in less than 3 innings of work as cause for concern and they're backing Atlanta to win this one straight up as well.

Sports Chat Place

The experts at Sports Chat Place are picking the Braves to complete a sweep of the Cubs at home on Thursday. Sports Chat Place not only noted Darvish's recent struggles as a reason for backing the Braves, but also the fact that Darvish has a career 5.39 ERA against Atlanta.

That's three out of three highlighted experts taking the Braves to win this one straight up to complete a three-game sweep of the Cubs in Atlanta.


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