Braves vs Cubs prediction for the August 4th, 2023 game in Major League Baseball action.

The Atlanta Braves will face the Chicago Cubs in the early game on Friday for Major League Baseball action. The Cubs are +145 on the moneyline at home, odds that appear to underrate the team. With the start time not that far off, we’ll get to our tip. We’re going to recommend taking Chicago to win with the reasoning below.

Braves vs Cubs Prediction: Trends

Atlanta has been good lately. However, they have not been at their very best.

They have gone 9-8 since the All-Star break, which has included series losses to the Chicago White Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks, two struggling teams. Recently, they beat both Milwaukee and the LA Angels but those were home series for Atlanta. Matters could be different on the road against a Chicago team that has been inspiring for several weeks.

The Cubs have gone 14-6 since the All-Star break. In their most recent series, they posted a critical series victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Underdog odds on the Cubs at home are hard to ignore. They have won eight of their last ten home games. Chicago remains one of the hottest teams in Major League Baseball.

Starting pitching: Max Fried returns

For a pitching matchup, the Braves will be sending out Max Fried. He has very good stats this season but he has not played since May 5th. He could be dazzling as he put up a 0.00 ERA back in April. However, pitchers returning from the disabled list aren’t always as good as they were before they went on it. Frieds is best regarded as a question mark. Yet, you can see why his presence in the game makes Chicago an underdog.

But even if Fried is sharp, the Cubs have a good starter of their own. Kyle Hendricks could be counted on to keep Chicago in this game, even if the Chicago bats are quiet.

The odds are a major selling point for this contest. You could regard Chicago as a very slight underdog. However, +145 has left them too long. They could be placed at odds of about +110 or so for this game. Accordingly, +145, in our view, is a good value bet. We recommend that moneyline for the day of action.

Further reading: Desmond Ridder, 2023 NFL Season Preview