Braves vs. Cubs odds, prediction, betting line: 2022 MLB picks, Saturday, June 18 best bets from proven model

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The Atlanta Braves have been the National League’s hottest team in June, and they look to rekindle that flame on Saturday. Atlanta had a 14-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Chicago Cubs on Friday, and the Braves aim to return the favor 24 hours later at Wrigley Field. Chicago’s series-opening win halted a 10-game losing streak, and the Cubs look to continue an upward trajectory at home.

Caesars Sportsbook lists Atlanta as the -185 money-line favorite (risk $185 to win $100) for this 2:20 p.m. ET first pitch. The total number of runs Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over-under, is 7.5 in the latest Braves vs. Cubs odds. Before making any Cubs vs. Braves picks, be sure to check out the latest MLB predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every MLB game 10,000 times and it is off to a strong start to the 2022 season. It’s on a 55-42 roll on top-rated MLB money-line picks through 10 weeks, returning over $600 for $100 players. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Braves vs. Cubs and revealed its coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine to see all of the model’s MLB picks. Here are several MLB odds and trends for Cubs vs. Braves:

Braves vs. Cubs moneyline: Atlanta -185, Chicago +165Braves vs. Cubs run-line: Atlanta -1.5 (-110) Braves vs. Cubs over-under: 7.5 runs Braves vs. Cubs tickets: See tickets at StubHub ATL: The Braves are 17-14 in road gamesCHC: The Cubs are 12-24 in home games

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Why you should back the Braves

Atlanta’s offense is on fire in June, and the Braves boast top-of-the-line statistical metrics in several key offensive categories. On top of that, Atlanta can also rely on elite run prevention for Saturday’s game. Starting pitcher Kyle Wright is an early Cy Young candidate in 2022, posting a 2.57 ERA with strong peripherals. Wright owns a 2.13 ERA in the last six starts, and he tossed seven innings of one-run ball in his first start against the Cubs this season. 

The young right-hander is generating 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings and a 50.8 percent ground ball rate in 2022, and Wright also has a sparkling 1.03 WHIP through nearly half of the season. Opponents are slugging only .276 against Wright in 2022, and he also has a 1.96 ERA in road starts. When Wright leaves the mound, the Braves can also take solace in a tremendous bullpen. Atlanta leads the National League in wins above replacement from relief pitchers, and the team’s bullpen is striking out more than 10 batters per nine innings.

Why you should back the Cubs

The Cubs have tremendous team speed and effectiveness on the basepaths. Chicago ranks near the top of the National League in stolen bases and triples this season, and that puts pressure on opposing run prevention units. The Cubs are also sending out a quality starting pitcher in Justin Steele for Saturday’s game. Steele, a 26-year-old left-hander, owns a 2.37 ERA in his last three starts. 

Steele is also good at Wrigley Field, posting a 3.26 ERA with opponents generating only a .585 OPS against him this season. Steele has allowed more than three earned runs only twice in 12 starts in 2022, and the Braves can be susceptible to strikeout pitchers. In fact, Atlanta is near the top of the NL in strikeouts, and the Braves entered the weekend below the league average in total walks and on-base percentage.

How to make Braves vs. Cubs picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 9.9 combined runs. It also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the model’s MLB picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Braves vs. Cubs? And which side has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its MLB picks, and find out. 

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