Online Sportsbooks Divided on Dodgers-Giants Game 5

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  • MLB betting sites have Game 5 between the Dodgers and Giants as a virtual toss-up
  • Giants are slightly favored at BetOnline, while both clubs are at -105 at Bovada
  • Dodgers have second-best odds to win World Series, trailing only the Astros

It all comes down to this. The San Francisco Giants will host the Los Angeles Dodgers in a winner-take-all Game 5 of the National League Division Series at Oracle Park on Thursday night. The first-ever postseason meeting between the age-old rivals always had to end this way, didn’t it?

The Dodgers have been a favorite of MLB oddsmakers all year long, but the defending champs will be up against it in this one. LA will face Giants ace Logan Webb just days after Webb held the Dodgers’ vaunted lineup scoreless over the course of 7.2 innings of work back in Game 1. The Dodgers, meanwhile, will throw lefty Julio Urias to the mound for the second time in the series.

MLB betting sites and sportsbooks are divided on how this game will pan out. BetOnline, for example, has the Giants listed as slight -109 moneyline favorites at home. Bovada has the game as a virtual toss-up, with both teams listed at -110. The Giants are slight runline favorites.

Caesars Sportsbook is less certain on how to approach Game 5, with both teams given -105 moneyline odds as of Thursday morning. The amount of betting on either side of the game is fairly even. 51 percent of bets placed at BetMGM sportsbooks have come in on Los Angeles to pick up the win and advance to the NLCS. 52 percent of the money has come in on the Dodgers, as well.

It will be fascinating to see where the odds end up just before first pitch at 6:07 pm Pacific. The Giants have not been favored in any of their last 87 games against the Dodgers, which is the second-longest active streak between teams that share a division. The Houston Astros have been favored over the Texas Rangers in each of their last 89 meetings, which is the longest current streak between divisional rivals. San Francisco has not been a betting favorite to beat Los Angeles in a game since October 2, 2016.

Dodgers’ Dominant Decade

However, LA has not been utterly dominant in that span. The Dodgers have gone 50-40 against their archrivals over the course of their last 90 meetings overall. San Francisco won the regular-season series between the teams 10-9, which was ultimately the difference between the teams in the NL West standings. The Giants won 107 regular-season games to the Dodgers’ 106. Both teams enter tonight’s game with 109 victories on the season, postseason included.

The Dodgers have been one of the league’s elite clubs for the last decade, while the Giants have been more hit-or-miss. San Francisco has won three times as many titles as Los Angeles has since 2010, but the Dodgers have far more regular-season wins. LA is an MLB-best 962-718 in the regular season since 2010, with playoff appearances in eight of those years. This year marks just the fourth time that the Giants have qualified for the playoffs since 2010, and their regular-season record of 850-830 in that span is just the 13th-best in the league. San Francisco has made the most of their limited postseason action, however as they won the World Series in each of their last three trips to the playoffs.

Giants Remain World Series Underdogs

The Dodgers have only been betting underdogs three times in the last two years, all of which came this past season. Los Angeles wound up losing all three of those games. The Giants have been underdogs 62 times this season after opening the year with +10000 odds to win the World Series. San Francisco did not enter the campaign with lofty expectations, but they consistently proved the doubters wrong as the season progressed. The Giants are 100-66 against the runline this season, which is easily the best mark in the majors. The Dodgers, meanwhile, are 85-82 against the runline.

BetOnline has the Dodgers at +300 to win the World Series for the second consecutive season, which gives them the second-best odds of any team. Only Houston (+200) has better chances, and the Astros have already advanced to the next round. The Giants have the fourth-best World Series odds (+400) of the five teams remaining in the hunt. Only the Braves (+600) face longer odds. The winner of tonight’s game will move on to face Atlanta with home-field advantage in the next round.

Taylor Smith

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