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Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs odds, picks and prediction

May 4, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (9) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eight inning of the second game of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers (17-14) will try to rebound from Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep when they take on the Chicago Cubs (14-16) Wednesday at 7:40 p.m. ET at Wrigley Field. Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook‘s lines around the Dodgers vs. Cubs odds with MLB picks and predictions.

RHP Walker Buehler is the projected starting pitcher for the Dodgers. He is 1-0 with a 3.16 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 8.9 K/9 and 0.6 BB/9 in 31 1/3 IP over 5 starts.

Buehler allowed a season-high 5 earned runs in his last start but has the swing-and-miss stuff working lately. He induced 13 or more swinging strikes in each of his last 3 starts and whiffed 19 batters over 13 1/3 combined IP in his two most recent outings.

RHP Adbert Alzolay is the projected starting pitcher for the Cubs. He is 1-2 with a 4.71 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 9.9 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 over 21 IP spanning 4 starts.

Alzolay is relying more heavily on his slider this season, and the pitch is generating a ton of whiffs. He entered the season with a 5.9 BB/9 in 10 career appearances but hasn’t walked more than 2 batters in any start this year.

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Dodgers at Cubs odds, lines, picks and prediction

MLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Odds last updated at 1:05 p.m. ET.

  • Money line: Dodgers -175 (bet $175 to win $100) | Cubs +145 (bet $100 to win $145)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Dodgers -1.5 (+100) | Cubs +1.5 (-125)
  • Over/Under: 7.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Prediction

Dodgers 5, Cubs 3

Money line (ML)

The Dodgers are in the midst of a pretty lengthy cold spell, having dropped 12 of their last 16 games following a 13-2 start. Meanwhile, the Cubs had lost seven of nine prior to Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep.

The Dodgers still have the better offense and a clear pitching edge in this matchup, but given their recent struggles and this price, particularly on the road, PASS on the money line.

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Run line/Against the spread (ATS)

The Dodgers still boast the best run differential in the National League, and just four of their 17 wins to date were by a single run.

They also lead the league in wRC+ vs right-handed pitching, while ranking second in BB%. It’s a potential issue for a pitcher who has had control problems in the past.

Side with the DODGERS -1.5 (+100).

Over/Under (O/U)

The Dodgers are fifth in MLB in runs per game and the Cubs have scored 6.8 runs a game over their last six contests. Alzolay’s skills have been pretty solid, but three of his four starts were against the Milwaukee Brewers, an offense that doesn’t compare to that of the Dodgers.

We’ll lean slightly to OVER 7.5 (-110).

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