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How the public is betting Astros vs. Rays, Braves vs. Dodgers

The betting public likes the Dodgers and Astros. Will that change with Clayton Kershaw scratched for Game 2 of the NLCS?

Tony Gonsolin #46 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on September 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The NLCS and ALCS continue on Tuesday with Game 2 of the former and Game 3 of the latter. The Braves took a 1-0 lead in their series, beating the Dodgers 4-2 on Monday. The Rays took a 2-0 lead in their series, beating the Astros 4-2 on Monday.

Tuesday evening opens with the Braves and Dodgers squaring off at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m. ET. We’ve seen a significant change in this series, with the Dodgers scratching starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw due to back spasms. They are replacing him with Tony Gonsolin. Additionally, the Braves have removed outfielder Adam Duvall due to an oblique strain suffered during a swing in Game 1.

Prior to the injury news, the Dodgers were -141 to win the game and the betting public liked backing Kershaw at DraftKings Sportsbook. 60 percent of handle and two-thirds of wagers were on the Dodgers to win outright, and 81 percent of handle and 75 percent of wagers were on the Dodgers to cover -1.5 on the run line. The Dodgers were down to -125 favorites, but have been bet back up to -139 even without Kershaw.

The Astros and Rays return for Game 3 at Petco Park, with first pitch set for 8:40 p.m. Jose Urquidy and Ryan Yarbrough take the mound for their respective teams. The betting public is backing the Astros in this game, with 66 percent of handle and 56 percent of wagers on Houston to win outright. Run line bettors are looking the other way, however, with 55 percent of handle and 54 percent of bets on the Rays covering the -1.5 line. Bettors expect a bit more scoring, with 60 percent of handle and 54 percent of bets on over 8.5 runs for the game.

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