Braves vs. Athletics Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Friday, May 31, 2024

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The Atlanta Braves (31-23) are -234 favorites to break their two-game losing streak when they face the Oakland Athletics (23-35), losers of two in a row. The game begins Friday at 7:20 PM ET on NBCS-CA, live from Truist Park.

Reynaldo Lopez will get the ball for Atlanta while Oakland will counter with JP Sears.

Braves vs. Athletics Odds

  • Braves odds to win: -234
  • Athletics odds to win: +196
  • Spread: Braves -1.5
  • Total: 8.5 runs
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    Game Time and Information

  • Date: Friday, May 31, 2024
  • Time: 7:20 PM ET
  • TV: NBCS-CA
  • Who Will Win Braves vs. Athletics?

    Braves and Athletics Betting Trends

    The Braves have a 30-20 record in games they were favored on the moneyline (winning 60% of those games).

    Atlanta has gone 9-1 when playing as moneyline favorites with odds of -234 or shorter (90% winning percentage).

    This season, the Athletics have been the underdog 48 times and won 16, or 33.3%, of those games.

    Oakland has entered six games this season as the underdog by +196 or more and is 3-3 in those contests.

    The Braves have played in 54 games with a set over/under, and have combined with their opponents to go over the total 19 times (19-33-2).

    The Athletics and their opponents have gone over the total this season in 26 of their 57 opportunities.

    Braves Stats & Insights

    The Braves are the 16th-highest scoring team in MLB action averaging 4.5 runs per game (241 total).

    Atlanta ranks 16th in MLB action with 57 total home runs.

    The Braves have the eighth-best batting average in the league (.249).

    Atlanta strikes out 8.9 times per game to rank 17th in baseball.

    The Braves pitching staff ranks eighth in the majors with a collective 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings.

    Atlanta has the seventh-ranked team ERA among all MLB pitching staffs (3.47).

    Athletics Stats & Insights

    The Athletics have scored the 26th-most runs in the league this season with just 217 (3.7 per game).

    Oakland has hit 70 homers this season, which ranks fourth in the majors.

    The Athletics have a team batting average of just .222 this season, which ranks 27th among MLB teams.

    Oakland ranks 29th in strikeouts per game (9.8) among MLB offenses.

    The Athletics average just 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings as a pitching staff, which ranks 28th in the big leagues.

    Oakland pitchers have a combined ERA of 4.24 ERA this year, which ranks 23rd in MLB.

    Braves Key Players to Watch

    Lopez gets the start for the Braves, his 10th of the season. He is 2-2 with a 1.75 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings pitched.

    Marcell Ozuna leads Atlanta in home runs with 16, runs batted in with 49 and his batting average of .312 is also best on his team.

    Ozzie Albies has 52 hits and an OBP of .348 to go with a slugging percentage of .408 this season.

    Matt Olson has collected 47 base hits, an OBP of .323 and a slugging percentage of .428 this season.

    Michael Harris II is batting .255 with an OBP of .296 and a slugging percentage of .368 this season.

    Athletics Key Players to Watch

    Sears (4-3) will take the mound for the Athletics, his 12th start of the season.

    JJ Bleday is hitting .250 with 17 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 23 walks.

    Abraham Toro is batting .290 to lead his team.

    Brent Rooker has collected a team-high 35 RBI.

    Shea Langeliers’ 12 home runs pace his team.

    Braves and Athletics Injuries

    Braves: Ronald Acuña Jr.: 10 Day IL (Knee), Spencer Strider: 15 Day IL (Right elbow strain), Alex Jordan Minter: 15 Day IL (Hip), Tyler Matzek: 15 Day IL (Elbow), AJ Smith-Shawver: 15 Day IL (Oblique), Angel Perdomo: 60 Day IL (Elbow)

    Athletics: Esteury Ruiz: 10 Day IL (Wrist), Alex Wood: 15 Day IL (Rotator cuff), Kyle Muller: 15 Day IL (Shoulder), Lucas Erceg: 15 Day IL (Forearm), Paul Blackburn: 15 Day IL (Foot), Ross Stripling: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Joseph Boyle: 15 Day IL (Back), Ken Waldichuk: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Trevor Gott: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Freddy Tarnok: 60 Day IL (Hip), Sean Newcomb: 60 Day IL (Knee), Luis Medina: 60 Day IL (Knee), Darell Hernaiz: 60 Day IL (Ankle), Austin Adams: day-to-day (Neck)

    Braves vs. Athletics Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Braves 4, Athletics 3
  • Total Prediction: Under 8.5 runs
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