In what is a possible preview of the National League playoffs, the Dodgers will host the Brewers in Los Angeles on Friday night. These are the top two teams in the league, with the Dodgers holding onto the top spot in the NL standings right now. These games are important for two reasons; both teams are looking for division titles and home-field throughout the NL playoffs. We are going to back the host Dodgers in this contest.

Greinke faces former team in Hollywood Friday

On Friday night, Zack Greinke will continue his impressive season when he takes the mound for the Dodgers against his former club. Greinke is 12-8 with a 2.42 ERA this year. He should receive a couple of votes for the NL Cy Young award, but it will be handed to his teammate, Clayton Kershaw this season. The Dodgers are dealing with a ton of injuries right now, but still lead the NL West by 5.5 games over the Giants.

Brewers waiting for return of Braun to the lineup

Ryan Braun has missed Thursday’s game against the Cubs, a 6-2 win, due to a nerve issue in his right hand. Milwaukee is also dealing with injuries to starting pitchers Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza. The Brewers were only able to split their four-game series with the Cubs, who are in the cellar of the Central division. This has led to Milwaukee watching its lead in the division shrink to just two games. They have the Cardinals and the Pirates on their tails. 

The betting odds for the Dodgers and the Brewers have been posted at for Friday night’s contest. We will bet 10 percent of our bankroll on the Dodgers and the -169 money line as they take home the opener of this important series in the National League race for home-field advantage.

Brewers vs Dodgers 8-15-14