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Will Smith of the Los Angeles Dodgers high-fives his third base coach after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and we offer our top Braves vs. Dodgers player props and expert picks based on the best MLB odds.
Will Smith of the Los Angeles Dodgers high-fives his third base coach after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images via AFP.

Friday night culminates with an epic MLB showdown, and we're offering our top Braves vs. Dodgers player props and expert picks based on the best MLB odds.

There aren't many times throughout a grueling 162-game MLB regular season where you get amped up for a single game. Friday's matchup between the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers is an exception. 

It's a battle between the two World Series odds favorites and, really, the consensus two best teams in baseball. The Dodgers play host to the Braves in Friday's heavyweight clash, with first pitch from Dodger Stadium set for 10:10 p.m. ET.

There will be no shortage of star power in this series, as there are a total of six MLB MVP odds contenders between these two teams. That doesn't even include the likes of Will Smith for the Dodgers or Marcell Ozuna for the Braves, who are off to scorching-hot starts to the season.

We'll look at those two star players, as well as one of the pitchers in this highly anticipated matchup as we hunt for the best prices across our best sports betting sites.

Here are our best Braves vs. Dodgers player props and MLB picks (odds via our best MLB betting sites; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Braves vs. Dodgers player props

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Braves vs. Dodgers expert picks

Gavin Stone Under 4.5 strikeouts ⭐⭐⭐

Dodgers youngster Gavin Stone has had a rocky start to the 2024 campaign. He's flip-flopped between one solid start and one diabolical one. And if you like patterns, he's due for the bad one.

Stone is managing just 6.48 strikeouts per nine innings this season, and he's paired that with an atrocious 4.32 BB/9. Based on his strikeout projection for Friday's game, that season average may just dip even further.

The right-hander is projected for just 3.53 punchouts against the Braves, nearly 1 1/2 below what he'd need to clear this total. Based on these -110 odds at DraftKings, we're getting better than 36% positive expected value on this bet.

Stone has failed to make it out of the fourth inning twice this season, and the Braves could make that a trifecta of stinkers on Friday.

Best odds: -110 via DraftKings

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Will Smith Over 1.5 total bases ⭐⭐⭐

Dodgers catcher Will Smith has been crushing the ball to start the season. His 166 wRC+ represents a career-high mark, and he's already hit four home runs to go along with a .355/.395/.555 slash line.

Smith and the Dodgers have been hunting fastballs this season in an attempt to strike out less often (they own the 11th-lowest K rate in the league), and Morton's heater is lacking a bit of juice this season. His fastball average velocity is down to 93.8 mph from 94.9 last year, and he's managing his fewest strikeouts per nine innings since 2015. 

Smith's projections for Friday support him staying hot at the dish, and this price at DraftKings is especially enticing, as we're getting roughly 12.5% +EV on this bet.

Best odds: +145 via DraftKings

Marcell Ozuna Over 1.5 total bases ⭐⭐⭐

Braves slugger Marcell Ozuna actually hasn't been as "valuable" as you'd expect for a player with the fourth-best wRC+ in the entire league. That's because he serves as Atlanta's designated-hitter, which is a big reason why he's below multiple teammates in the MVP odds.

However, we're betting on Ozuna to do what Ozuna does very often: annihilate the baseball.

The veteran has already hit nine home runs this season, and he owns a truly absurd .321/.403/.624 slash line. After two very disappointing seasons, Ozuna returned with a vengeance in 2023, and he looks like he's taken it up even one more notch this year.

Based on his projections, we're getting nearly 30% +EV on this bet through these +115 odds. All of our other best sports betting apps are slightly shorter at +110, so make sure you get the best price before it's gone.

Best odds: +115 via bet365

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Braves vs. Dodgers game info & odds

  • When: Friday, May 3
  • First pitch: 10:10 p.m. ET
  • Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • How to watch: Bally Sports Southeast, Spectrum SportsNet L.A.
  • Favorite: Dodgers (-120 via Betway)

Braves vs. Dodgers player props made Friday at 10 a.m. ET.

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