Braves vs Cubs prediction for August 5th, 2023. The Chicago Cubs will host the Atlanta Braves. We focus on the UNDER for total runs.

The Atlanta Braves will face the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. The game features an interesting pitching matchup. The Braves will send Bryce Elder to the mound. Meanwhile, the Cubs will go with a pitcher, Javier Assad, that does not get too many starts. Our Braves vs Cubs prediction for this game is going to be that the UNDER for total runs comes into play.

The OVER/UNDER for total runs has been set at 10.5. That appears to be a high total with the UNDER set at -115 (bet365).

Braves vs Cubs Prediction: Starting Pitching Considered

Elder did not have the best month of July. However, his most recent two starts were good quality. He went for 13 innings combined in the two starts, both of which were against Milwaukee. Elder only allowed eight hits and three earned runs in the contests combined. He enters the day of action with an 8-2 record, an ERA of 3.18, and a WHIP of 1.19.

Meanwhile, Assad has been a razor-sharp pitcher for Chicago lately. His July was unbelievable. He posted a 0.47 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched. He only allowed 7 hits across those 19.1 innings while striking out 20.

Assad’s endurance could be questioned. He has only pitched five innings or more in two games this season. But Chicago will probably manage him correctly. Even if he gets an early pull and they rely on their bullpen, you have to think this game won’t have a lot of run-scoring in the early going. With a run total up at 10.5, there could be a huge balance of runs needed to be scored in the latter stages of the game.

Betting Recommendation: Atlanta Braves vs Chicago Cubs (August 5th)

Our recommendation is to take the UNDER for this contest at 10.5 (-115). The game is among the earlier ones for the day, with a start time of 2:20 PM ET. If you are looking for a parlay option among the games for the day, then there is another early game to consider. Have a look at our betting recommendation for the Astros vs Yankees. The two-game parlay would factor out to +220 if both of our recommendations hit the mark.