Phillies vs Diamondbacks odds have been released
The Philadelphia Phillies are dancing on their own once again, but they’ll be joined by a roaring home crowd after dispatching the Atlanta Braves for the second consecutive season. A 4-1 series win sees the Phils soar to their second NLCS berth in a row, and they’ll be hoping to go one better than last year and win their first World Series since 2008.
Standing in their way are the Arizona Diamondbacks, who surged past the Los Angeles Dodgers to get to the NLCS for the first time since 2007. Who does Vegas favor going into what promises to be an exciting series?
MLB NLCS Odds: Phillies vs Diamondbacks
Spread: Diamondbacks +1.5 (-155) | Phillies -1.5 (+130)
Moneyline: Diamondbacks +136 | Phillies -162
Total: Over/Under 7 runs
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MLB NLCS Phillies vs Diamondbacks Odds: Phillies open up as heavy favorites
Not many people would’ve predicted these two teams squaring off for the National League Championship. The Phillies made the NL East champs look lost in the postseason, while the Diamondbacks enjoyed an offensive breakout against the Dodgers.
Stars lit the path for Philadelphia and their dominance might just be what’s pushing them into being such heavy favorites. Nick Castellanos made history with back-to-back games where he homered twice, while Bryce Harper sent two dingers of his own in game 3. The offense has been electric and the home field advantage in Philadelphia might just be the most powerful of any in the entire league.
However, it wasn’t just the Phillies who were hot offensively. The Diamondbacks hit four home runs in a single inning against the Dodgers, making postseason history in the process. This breakout pushed them to a 3-0 record against L.A and a series sweep. While they may be underdogs, they shouldn’t be overlooked.
However, this is their first appearance in the NLCS since 2007, while the Phillies were here only one year ago and bring back a nearly identical lineup but with some big improvements. Trea Turner found his footing as the season came to a close and recorded 4 hits in last night’s win (another record for this team). His sudden resurgence has been a real catalyst for the rest of the lineup.
From a pitching perspective, Zack Wheeler’s continued ascension proved too much for the Braves to stomach, giving the Phils another ace to hang their hat on alongside Aaron Nola, who also heated up when the playoffs came around. Arizona entered the playoffs with a 20th-ranked 4.41 team ERA. The Phils certainly hold the pitching advantage and with their offense being as hot as it is, should trouble the likes of Merrill Kelly.
It will be interesting to see how this Phillies vs Diamondbacks series pans out, but for now, the calm before the storm. With four days separating these teams and their World Series hopes, there’s plenty of time to get in on the action. You can do so by signing up to any of the betting offers in this article and get some FREE bets to place on the NLCS!
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