World Series betting is challenging to handicap as you almost always have two strong and balanced teams in the finals. After two playoff rounds the wheat has been separated from the chaff, and barring injuries, it is usually a close series.
With Game 1 in the books it will be interesting to see how the rest of the series shapes up. The Los Angeles Dodgers are -310 favorites in the series and with a win last night it seems to be a logical choice. So now the key will be to handicap the rest of the series most likely looking for weak Houston Astros‘ lines to bet strategically. When it comes to World Series betting it is rare to find big edges so we will need to do a bit of digging.
World Series Betting – Los Angeles Dodgers
The LA Dodgers have been to the big show before although it has been almost 30 years since they last won the World Series. They have had good and bad teams in the intervening years, but in the last few seasons have really found their stride. They won the NL West Division for the last five consecutive years before losing in the NLDS each time.
However, 2017 seems to be a year of destiny for the Dodgers and World Series betting odds seem to reflect that. The Dodgers have seen early excellence out of Clayton Kershaw who hasn’t always been steady in the post season. Add the pitching of Yu Darvish and the bats of Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner and you can see why the Dodgers are series faves. Currently the Dodgers are small -107 moneyline favorites for tonight’s game.
World Series Best Lines – Houston Astros
The Houston Astros have not had the same World Series success as the Dodgers having lost their only trip in 2005 to the Chicago White Sox. What is interesting is that the Astros were in the National League then- and now are one of only two teams to win the pennant in both leagues having moved to the AL in 2012.
Houston survived a bit of a scare from the New York Yankees who won three in a row at home to force a Game 7 tiebreaker in the ALDS. However, the Astros prevailed and find themselves in their second MLB Final. World Series betting is fairly split on the Astros who are barely underdogs to LA heading into Game 2 on the road. At the moment, the Astros are +1.5/-220 on the runline which I think is about right. Yankee killer and Game 7 hero Justin Verlander starts and should give LA lots of fits. Expect the potent Astros offence in the form of Carlos Beltran and Jose Altuve to be looking for runs tomorrow and this game should be very close. The Over Under for the game is 7.5 and I think the Under might be a solid play here particularly with the likes of Verlander starting. Also make sure to check out RealBet’s World Series early game props to see if there are any weak lines there.
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