Diamondbacks vs Dodgers Prediction - MLB Picks 3/31/23

Los Angeles Dodgers (1-0) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (0-1)

Game Info: Friday, March 31, 2023 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)

Dustin May (0-0) (0.00) vs Merrill Kelly (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Dodgers -182 / Arizona Diamondbacks +140 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks will play the second of their three-game set this Friday from Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles opened the season by taking game one behind a strong outing from Julio Urias on the mound, and four RBI’s from catcher Will Smith.

Diamondbacks Betting Preview

Arizona comes in at 0-1 after losing to Los Angeles last night. The Diamondbacks hopped out to an early 2-0 lead, before stalling over the final seven innings, and they’ll look to avenge the slow debut here. First baseman Christian Walker led the team in RBIs in 2022, and he recorded their first one of the season versus LAD yesterday. 

Merrill Kelly will get the ball for the DBacks. The fifth-year pitcher ended the 2022 season on a strong note, finishing with a 13-8 record, and posting a 3.37 ERA with 177 strikeouts. Kelly was 0-5 against the Dodgers last season, so he’ll look to fare better against their high powered team this time around.

Dodgers Betting Preview

Los Angeles is 1-0 after taking down Arizona last night. The Dodgers got it going during the fourth inning and cruised to a six-run victory, and they’ll look to double down here. Catcher Will Smith had a big day with a double and four RBI, while J.D. Martinez and David Peralta record their first runs batted in as Dodgers.

Dustin May will take the mound for the Dodgers. The fourth-year pitcher dealt with injuries last season, but there’s optimism it all comes together for him this season. May posted a 2-3 record, while posting a 4.50 ERA, and tossing 20 strikeouts in 2022. 

Arizona vs Los Angeles Trends

Arizona is 0-1 against the spread this season, with a 1-0 over/under record. Los Angeles went 1-0 ATS, with a 1-0 O/U record. LAD is 38-13 in their last 51 home games.

Corey's Free Pick

The may mark the rare DBacks/Dodgers matchup that you’ll see Arizona carry a quiet pitching advantage into, and that could equate to both sides putting some runs in the scoreboard. Merrill Kelly ended the season on a high, but his struggles with the Dodgers are alarming, and I like targeting the Ovee for this NL West battle. 

Corey’s Pick Dodgers -1.5

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