The Arizona Diamondbacks will face the Atlanta Braves in an early game on Thursday, July 20th, 2023. The Diamondbacks vs Braves game features a stellar pitching matchup. Two Cy Young candidates in the National League will start as Zac Gallen goes for Arizona and Spencer Strider starts for the Braves.

When one goes by the betting odds with bet365 futures, these are co-favorites for the NL’s Cy Young. Each pitcher is +240 in the ante-post market. If one of them should nab a win and the other takes a loss in this game, you have to think the winner will then emerge as the new favorite.

Diamondbacks vs Braves: MLB playoff push

This is an interesting time for both of these teams. Arizona has fallen in the NL West standings over the last few weeks. However, they are still in the thick of things when it comes to the Wild Card race.

Meanwhile, the Braves were a dominant team before the All-Star break. They still have the best record in Major League Baseball. Yet, they enter Thursday having lost four straight games. Whichever team loses this game will have wasted their best starting pitcher for at least a few days.

Win two aces on the mound, this is a game where scoring might be at a premium. The Diamondbacks are the team with the handicap at +1.5 and odds of -130 (bet365). That extra run and a half could play huge in a game that looks like it will be low scoring.

Furthermore, the D’backs have won the two opening games of this series, which is a surprising development. This looks like a game where bettors can catch the Braves during a portion of their season where they are a little below par. Our recommendation is to take Arizona with the +1.5 runline at -130. Note an early start time in this contest 12:20 PM ET.

Further reading: Will the San Francisco Giants Win the NL West?