Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves 10/16/20 MLB NLCS Picks and Prediction

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Atlanta Braves (42-26) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (49-19)

Game Info: Friday, October 16, 2020 at 9:08 pm (Globe Life Field)

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves face off on Friday night in Game 5 of their National League Championship Series at Globe Life Field. 

The Braves currently have a 3-1 series lead and can close out the series with a victory in this game. 

The Braves looked to have their backs against the wall heading into Game 4. They were one loss away from the Dodgers tying the series and having to face Clayton Kershaw. It wasn’t until the 3rd time through the order that the Braves offense really got going and that led to a victory. Freddie Freeman has had a big postseason and was a difference-maker on Thursday night. Freeman has hit two home runs and six RBI’s. Marcell Ozuna also hit two home runs. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the Dodgers who need to win this game if they want to keep this series alive. After the Dodgers offense broke out on Wednesday they could only manage two runs and it’s clear they are going to need some run support or there is going to be a lot of pressure on their pitching staff. The Dodgers bullpen hasn’t been strong and needs to be better in this game. 

Dustin May will get the start for the Dodgers and he has had limited work so far in the playoffs. In May's three playoff appearances this year he went 4 2/3rd's of an inning giving up zero runs and six strikeouts. 

The Dodgers are 6-3 in their last nine playoff games. The Dodgers are 38-13 in their last 51 games overall. The over is 8-0-1 in the Braves last nine games played on Friday. The Braves are 7-1 in their last eight games played on grass.

The wind was swirling on Thursday night so it will be interesting to see if they close the roof for this game.

Dustin May has been good this season but it's still to be seen how deep he will go in this game. I think the Braves will get to the Dodgers and win this game and close out the series. 

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