Diamondbacks vs Dodgers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 31 (Arizona Can't Silence LA's Elite Offense)

Arizona Diamondbacks vs LA Dodgers prediction, odds and betting insights for MLB regular season game.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs LA Dodgers prediction, odds and betting insights for MLB regular season game. / AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Diamondbacks vs Dodgers Game Info

  • Date: Friday, March 31, 2023
  • Time: 10:10 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Dodger Stadium -- Los Angeles, California
  • Coverage: ESPN+

Friday, March 31's MLB schedule includes Game 2 of a four-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (0-1) and LA Dodgers (1-0).

The Dodgers hardly broke a sweat on Opening Day, cruising to an 8-2 blowout win over the Diamondbacks. While four Los Angeles players had multiple hits, it was Will Smith who led the charge. The talented catcher racked up three hits on four at-bats, driving in four runs in the process.

Will the Dodgers improve to 2-0 in the new campaign? Or will the Diamondbacks pull off the road upset?

Diamondbacks vs Dodgers Odds & Spread

  • All MLB betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: ARI: (+164) | LAD: (-196)
  • Spread: ARI: +1.5 (-130) | LAD: -1.5 (+108)
  • Total: 7.5 -- Over: (-108) | Under: (-112)

The Dodgers enter this contest as home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 10:10 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 7.5 runs with the over being favored at -114 odds. 

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Diamondbacks vs Dodgers Betting Trends

  • Arizona is 2-5 straight up in its last seven road games.
  • The Dodgers are 13-2 straight up in their last 15 home games against Arizona.
  • The total has hit the under in 13 of Arizona's last 19 NL West matchups.
  • The total has hit the under in 10 of the Dodgers' last 12 games against Arizona.

Diamondbacks vs Dodgers Prediction & Pick

If the Diamondbacks want to win, starting pitcher Merrill Kelly must pitch one helluva game. While he's coming off a great 2022 campaign (13-8, 3.37 ERA in 33 starts), he's had zero luck against the Dodgers. In 12 career starts against Los Angeles, Kelly is 0-9 with a 5.97 ERA.

Meanwhile, Dustin May is slated as the Dodgers' starting arm. The 25-year-old left things to be desired after returning from Tommy John surgery last season, going 2-3 in six starts with a 4.50 ERA. Having said that, he looked terrific in spring training, where he even averaged 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings over five appearances (four starts).

I expect the Dodgers to win this game with ease. They've completely dominated the Diamondbacks at Dodgers Stadium, winning 13 of the last 15 games in Los Angeles while outscoring Arizona by an average of 3.3 runs per contest.

After LA completely dismantled its division rival yesterday, look for another decisive win for the home team.

Final Score Prediction: Dodgers: 6 | Rockies: 2

Diamondbacks vs Dodgers Best Bet

Again, the Dodgers are capable of winning this game by a decent margin. Of its last 13 wins over Arizona at Dodgers Stadium, nine of Los Angeles' victories came by at least two runs. With how easily Kelly gets lit up by the Dodgers consistently basis, Dave Roberts' club will have plenty of opportunities to drive in enough runs to cover the spread.

Bet: Dodgers -1.5 (+108)

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