Padres vs Braves Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for April 8 (Batters Shine in High-Scoring Collision)

San Diego Padres vs Atlanta Braves prediction, odds and betting insights for MLB regular season game.
San Diego Padres vs Atlanta Braves prediction, odds and betting insights for MLB regular season game. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Padres vs Braves Game Info

  • Date: Saturday, April 8, 2023
  • Time: 7:20 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Truist Park -- Atlanta, Georgia
  • Coverage: Bally Sports San Diego, Bally Sports Southeast

The Atlanta Braves (6-2) aim to return to their winning ways when they host the San Diego Padres (4-4) at Truist Park on Saturday, April 8.

The two clubs went back and forth Friday night, ending in a 5-4 victory for the Padres. Designated hitter Nelson Cruz led the charge for San Diego, going 3-of-5 in the batter's box with a pair of RBIs. Only time will tell which side will take the 2-1 lead in the four-game series tonight.

Can San Diego emerge victorious at Truist Park for the second time in as many days? Or will Atlanta steal some momentum back?

Padres vs Braves Odds & Spread

  • All MLB betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: SD: (+126) | ATL: (-148)
  • Spread: SD: +1.5 (-150) | ATL: -1.5 (+125)
  • Total: 9 -- Over: (-105) | Under: (-115)

The Braves enter this contest as home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7:20 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 9 runs with the under being favored at -115 odds.

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Padres vs Braves Betting Trends

  • San Diego is 1-4 straight up in its last five road games.
  • Atlanta is 15-3 straight up in its last 18 home games.
  • The total has hit the over in seven of San Diego's last 10 games.
  • The total has hit the over in four of Atlanta's last five games against San Diego.

Padres vs Braves Prediction & Pick

This game features two starting pitchers who could use a bounce-back showing. For the Padres, Michael Wacha is their starting pitcher today. Although the veteran righty was credited with the win in his lone 2023 appearance, Wacha didn't look impressive at all as he gave up 3 walks and 4 runs on 6 hits over 6 innings in the 8-4 effort against the Colorado Rockies.

Meanwhile, Charlie Morton gets the nod for the Braves. The 39-year-old hurler only struck out 1 batter while surrendering 2 walks, 3 runs and 9 hits over 5 1/3 innings in an 8-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals last week.

Of the two starting arms, I have more faith in Morton rebounding. After all, he's 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA in 11 previous matchups against the Padres. Unfortunately, Wacha hasn't had nearly that much success against the home team, tallying an 0-4 record with a 5.70 ERA in his last six encounters with the Braves.

Also motivated to win by last night's loss, expect the Braves to come out on top tonight.

Final Score Prediction: Braves: 6 | Padres: 4

Padres vs Braves Best Bet

Regardless of which side wins, I expect there to be no shortage of offense. The Padres and Braves have already averaged a combined 11 runs through the first two games of this series. On top of that, the over is 4-1 in the last five San Diego-Atlanta tilts at Truist Park, averaging a 12-run total over that stretch.

Considering how Wacha and Morton looked far from perfect in their lone starts this season, there's a good chance that runs will be easy to come by tonight.

Bet: Over 9 Total Runs (-105)

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