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The Arizona Diamondbacks take on the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field this afternoon. Cubs pitching has thrown two shutouts in a row, but they'll be taking on a Diamondbacks' team that averages the most hits per game (9.68) in the MLB so far this season. Chicago is favored in this matchup, sitting at -170 moneyline odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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 Friday's game.
Cubs vs Diamondbacks Prediction
Winning Free Picks
Winning Free Picks is taking the Diamondbacks to win on the road. They note that Cubs' starter Kyle Hendricks hasn't turned in a good start this season and that backing a team with poor pitching isn't smart when it comes to making a bet.
Carl Taylor, of Cappers Picks, doesn't see much value in betting the Cubs. He think the Cubs' recent success is just a product of playing the Miami Marlins, who are 4-15 on the season. Taylor is taking the Diamondbacks to win straight up.
Sports Chat Place
Chris Ruffolo, of Sports Chat Place, points out that the back-to-back shutouts by the Cubs was impressive, but that Hendricks is their worst starter. Ruffolo doesn't think the righty will continue the team's pitching success and is also taking the Diamondbacks to get the road win.
That's all three experts taking Arizona to pull off the upset this afternoon, meaning there could be some value in taking the Diamondbacks at +148, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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