Los Angeles Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers odds, picks and prediction

Apr 18, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers (16-9) and Milwaukee Brewers (14-10) open a four-game series Thursday at American Family Field as the two clubs meet for the first time in 2021. First pitch is scheduled for 7:40 p.m. ET. Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook‘s lines around the Dodgers vs. Brewers odds with MLB picks and predictions.

Wednesday: The Dodgers avoided a 3-game sweep with an 8-0 victory vs. the visiting Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers lost the rubber match of a 3-game home set to the Miami Marlins 6-2.

2020 playoffs: Los Angeles swept Milwaukee in a best-of-3 NL Wild Card Series.

RHP Trevor Bauer is the Dodgers’ Thursday projected starter. The 2020 NL Cy Young winner is 3-0 with a 2.53 ERA (32 IP, 9 ER), 0.66 WHIP, 12.7 K/9 and 1.7 BB/9 in 5 starts.

  • Last outing: Win, 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 9 K in 5-4 home decision vs. San Diego Padres Saturday
  • Career vs. Brewers: 2-1, 2.66 ERA (20 1/3 IP, 6 ER), 0.89 WHIP, 14.2 K/9 in 3 starts last season with Cincinnati

LHP Eric Lauer is penciled in to make his season debut for Milwaukee. He was 0-2 with a 13.09 ERA (11 IP, 16 ER), 2.36 WHIP, 9.8 K/9 and 7.4 BB/9 in 2 starts and 2 relief appearances last year.

  • Career as a starter: 14-19, 4.75 ERA (267 IP, 141 ER), 1.49 WHIP, 8.1 K/9, 3.4 BB/9 in 54 starts with San Diego
  • Career vs. Dodgers: 5-0, 2.11 ERA (42 2/3 IP, 10 ER), 1.03 WHIP, 9.1 K/9 in 7 starts

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Dodgers at Brewers odds, lines, picks and prediction

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  • Money line: Dodgers -200 (bet $200 to win $100) | Brewers +165 (bet $100 to win $165)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Dodgers -1.5 (-115) | Brewers +1.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under: 7 (O: -125 | U: +105)


Dodgers 6, Brewers 2

Money line (ML)

The DODGERS (-200) have been steamed up from (-155), but they are still worth a play.

Lauer might be 5-0 in his career vs. the Dodgers, but he hasn’t faced them since 2019 and is coming off a shoulder injury. The southpaw, a first-round pick (25th overall) by the Padres in 2016, only pitched in four games for the Brewers last year because of the injury and a COVID-19 contact-tracing situation.

He failed to make Milwaukee’s roster out of camp this spring after an ineffective performance – 14.40 ERA (5 IP, 8 ER) in 3 outings.

Meanwhile, Bauer is last season’s NL Cy Young Award winner and is one of the top pitchers in the game.

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Run line/Against the spread (ATS)

Los Angeles -1.5 (-115) wasn’t a bad play when it was plus-money overnight, but I’m going to PASS and focus on the straight-up ML win. Plus, the Dodgers are actually under .500 ATS this season.

ATS records: Dodgers 12-13 | Brewers 13-11

Over/Under (O/U)

Back the OVER 7 (-125) to WIN A QUARTER UNIT. Don’t worry that the Dodgers are 2-3 O-U in Bauer’s starts. All five of his outings have seen at least 7 combined runs – with three games landing exactly on 7.

The OVER gets a slight edge because of Lauer and Milwaukee’s bullpen, which ranks 12th in the NL with a 4.57 ERA.

O/U records: Dodgers 12-13 | Brewers 10-12-2

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