San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers Predictions

Thu 7/22 10:10 ET
San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers
Dodger Stadium

Pickswise's Expert Predictions & Analysis

Run Line Prediction
LA Dodgers
Game Totals Prediction

Run Line Prediction

The series finale between the Giants and Dodgers presents us with a tremendous pitching matchup as Anthony DeSclafani goes up against Walker Buehler. Both pitchers are putting up spectacular numbers this season, but the edge in this matchup has to go to Buehler. He has faced San Francisco three times this season, and he has been extremely effective. Buehler has allowed just two earned runs and 12 hits in 19.2 innings against the Giants this season, and that follows a familiar theme for the Los Angeles right-hander. Buehler is 6-0 with a 2.17 ERA in ten appearances (eight starts) against the Giants in his career, and San Francisco has not been able to figure him out so far this season.

On the other side, DeSclafani has struggled against the Dodgers. He has faced Los Angeles three times this season, and he has allowed 15 earned runs and 19 hits in 12.1 innings. In addition, DeSclafani is 1-7 with a 6.32 ERA in nine career starts against the Dodgers. Los Angeles seems to have his number, and that trend could continue on Thursday. The Los Angeles bats are hot, and entering Wednesday they have scored 6.8 runs per game in the second half. The Dodgers should enter this game with a ton of confidence at the plate, and they should also have a ton of confidence in Buehler. Consider backing Los Angeles -1.5 on the run line.

Game Totals Prediction

The over is the recommendation in this matchup, but only as a small play. DeSclafani has really had issues when facing the Dodgers, and three of his four shortest outings this season have been against Los Angeles. The Dodgers are swinging the bats well right now, and they are hitting .279 with an .854 OPS in July. They should be able to keep it rolling.

San Francisco has also been steady in July, as they are posting a .266 average and .814 OPS this month.  Buehler will be tough, but perhaps the Giants will be able to have at least some success at the plate in what will be their fourth time seeing him this season. Make it a small play, but consider the over.

Over 8 available at time of publishing. Playable at that number.

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