Los Angeles Dodgers @ Miami Marlins 9/7/23 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Los Angeles Dodgers (84-54) at Miami Marlins (72-67)

Game Info: Thursday, September 7th, 2023 at  6:40 p.m. EST ( LoanDepot Park)

Betting Odds: Dodgers ML (-125) - Over/Under (8.5)

Pick: Dodgers ML (-125)

Thursday night takes us to South Beach in Miami, Florida for the finale of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Miami Marlins. Both of these teams are currently in contention for a playoff spot in the National League as the Los Angeles Dodgers are way ahead of the competition in the National League West division and the Miami Marlins are fighting for one of the three spots in the National League wildcard race heading into the final month of the regular season. Both of them will be looking to pick up a crucial victory here on Thursday night to wrap up the series. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers had a slow start to the season and they hung around second place in the National League West division throughout the majority of the first half of the year. However, as we got closer to the All-Star break, they came on strong, and they have not relinquished first place in the division ever since. As they built up a double digit lead within the division after an eleven game win streak about three weeks ago. Now they will be looking to wrap up their series with the Miami Marlins on a positive note as they will face each other for the final time in the regular season here on Thursday night in Miami. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be looking to bounce back after they drop the second game of the series to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night in blowout fashion. Luckily for Los Angeles, they have built up such a massive lead in the division that they no longer have to worry about being passed and they can focus on clinching one of the top two spots in the National League and getting a free pass to the National League divisional series alongside the Atlanta Braves. However, if they want to do that, they cannot afford to continue dropping games to Miami after losing the opening two games of the series they will have to salvage some momentum, and avoid being swept with a victory here on Thursday.

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The Miami Marlins have been riding a roller coaster of a season, but they are riding a wave of momentum right now as they have picked up two consecutive victories over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first two games of the series. Now they will be looking to grab their third consecutive victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers here on Thursday night to officially complete the three-game series sweep of one of the best teams in the National League this season. Miami is picking up steam at the right time as they will come into the finale of this series with a five game winning streak on one as well. They have also picked up seven victories in their last 10 games of the season.

Miami is currently sitting in third place of the National League East division, and they are likely out of the running when it comes to grabbing a division title this season. However, they do currently occupy one of the top three wildcard spots in the National League, and I will be looking to hold onto that spot with a victory in the finale of the series. Miami is currently tied for the third wildcard spot in the National League with the Cincinnati Reds at the moment, and Miami will be looking to use their momentum to grab a crucial victory here on Thursday night to extend that lead over Cincinnati. As they look to make their first playoff appearance in several years. 

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- The Dodgers are 71-40 as a favorite this season

- Miami is 32-44 as an underdog this season

- Los Angeles is 36-16 after a loss this season

It is very hard to be a professional baseball team in three consecutive games and unfortunately for the Miami Marlins I don’t see that happening. As I look for the Los Angeles Dodgers to pick up a much-needed victory in the finale of the series on Thursday night to salvage some momentum before heading into the second weekend of September. I expect Los Angeles to grab a comfortable victory over the Miami Marlins here in this one to wrap up the series, as well as stop Miami from winning the season series four games to two. 

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