Sports Betting Week: Cubs Odds Favorites Against the Struggling Giants
The Chicago Cubs will be looking to extend their five-game winning streak when they open a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday as strong -130 moneyline road favorites in MLB betting at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Cubs continued their pursuit of their first postseason berth since 2008 with a close 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday afternoon, improving to 16-5 in their past 21 games and extending their lead over the Giants to 6.5 games in the race for the second and final Wild Card spot in the NL.
However, Chicago still trails the division-rival Pittsburgh Pirates for top spot in the NL Wild Card race and sits in third place in the NL Central, six games back of the St. Louis Cardinals entering Monday night's action, despite owning a 72-51 record, good enough for the lead in any of the other five divisions in baseball.
It is also a critical week for San Francisco. The club goes into Tuesday night's Cubs vs. Giants betting matchup at AT&T Park looking to break out of a rough 2-5 stretch during a road swing through Pittsburgh and St. Louis.
Despite their struggles, the Giants have closed the gap to 1.5 games on the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West standings.
The Giants have failed to beat Chicago in four meetings this season according to the OddsShark MLB Database, but will be cheering for the Cubs this weekend when they travel to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers.
Los Angeles rides a five-game losing streak into a three-game set with the Cincinnati Reds starting on Tuesday, and has failed to post a road victory in almost three weeks, getting swept in visits to Pittsburgh, Oakland and Houston.
The Dodgers' recent tailspin has not impacted their World Series betting odds, which remain a strong 10/1. The favorite Toronto Blue Jays lead the way at 4/1.
In NFL preseason action, the Green Bay Packers will look to bounce back from the loss of wide receiver Jordy Nelson to a season-ending injury when they welcome the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday as opening 3-point home favorites on the NFL odds.
The Packers suffered their first loss of the NFL preseason on Sunday, dropping a 24-19 decision to the Pittsburgh Steelers and failing to cover as 1-point underdogs. The Eagles are perfect in two preseason contests, including a 40-17 demolition of the Baltimore Ravens last weekend, covering as 4.5-point favorites.