Braves Underdogs In NLCS Game 3 Against Dodgers Despite 2-0 Lead

Posted on October 19, 2021

The Atlanta Braves face the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday night in the third game of the seven-game National League Championship Series.

Atlanta has won the first two games of the series, but sportsbooks think a third-straight win is unlikely.

NLCS Game 3 odds have Braves as underdogs

The 2021 season marks the second-straight season the Braves have made it to NLCS play.

Coincidentally, last year’s series began the exact same way as this one has, with Atlanta winning the first two matchups.

The Dodgers then recuperated for a Game 3 victory, only to suffer a blowout to the Braves in Game 4. Los Angeles secured another win in Game 5 and 6, ultimately forcing a winner-take-all Game 7 faceoff that they eventually won.

This year, the Braves are hoping for a slightly different Game 3 outcome.

Atlanta won the first two games at their home stadium Truist Park. Now, the Braves are just two wins away from making their first World Series appearance since 1999.

As the series shifts to Dodgers Stadium, however, Los Angeles takes the upper hand.

Game 3 starting pitchers

Two-time All-Star Charlie Morton will serve as the starting pitcher for the Braves.

Morton went 14-6 in the regular season with a 3.34 ERA. This postseason, he started twice against the Milwaukee Brewers during the National League District Series, allowing seven hits and four runs.

Walker Buehler, who finished the regular season with a 2.47 ERA and a 16-4 record, will pitch for the Dodgers.

During last season’s Game 6 NLCS matchup against the Braves, Buehler pitched six scoreless innings.


The two teams have only met four times in postseason play since the NL West and NL East divisions were restructured.

Moneyline odds for NLCS Game 3

With last year’s series in mind, sportsbooks expect the Dodgers to regain their footing against the Braves in Game 3 as the series travels to Los Angeles.

The Dodgers are favored with a moneyline of , while the Braves trail behind with odds.

The Braves have won a total of just over 41% of their previous matchups at Dodgers Stadium.

In 2021, however, the Braves have yet to win a game at the Dodgers’ home territory.

Run line

Game 3’s run line now sits at for Atlanta.

In the past five games played against each other this year, there hasn’t been more than a two-point spread between the two teams.

Atlanta won each of the first two games of this series by a single run. Earlier this year, the Dodgers won their first game against Atlanta by two points and the next two games by one point each.

Tennessee sportsbook promos

In honor of Tuesday’s event, Volunteer State sportsbooks are dishing out a handful of game-specific promos.

Caesars Sportsbook, for instance, is offering multiple specials catered particularly to Braves fans.

Odds for the Atlanta Braves to win and the game to total over five runs are boosted to +200 odds.

Bettors can snag even longer +10000 odds on the Braves to win each of the first three innings.

New Tennessee users can also take advantage of a risk-free first wager at Caesars, DraftKings and BetMGM.

Braves futures odds

Atlanta’s futures odds grow stronger with every subsequent game.

With their two-game lead, odds of them winning the National League are positioned at .

Odds of them advancing to the World Series and becoming the reigning champs sit at .


Bettors can cheer the Braves onto a third game NLCS victory beginning at 5:08 p.m. ET on TBS Tuesday afternoon.

Photo by Associated Press
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As a college athlete, Alec Cunningham played Division II golf at Tusculum University. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. She then returned to her love of written word in 2000 after working in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and artist developer. As a journalist, she's covered a variety of topics and currently specializes in Tennessee online sports betting and Virginia casino news. She served as a panelist at this year's All American Sports Betting Summit, discussing the ever-evolving role of women in the gambling industry.

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