Dodgers vs. Rays odds, line: 2020 World Series Game 5 picks, predictions from data scientists on 123-66 run

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ust 24 hours after a classic Game 4, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays match up in Game 5 of the 2020 World Series on Sunday. With the series knotted at 2-2, Tyler Glasnow is set to start for the Rays. The Dodgers will deploy Clayton Kershaw as their starter. First pitch is set for 8:08 p.m. ET from Globe Life Field in Arlington, Tex.

The latest Dodgers vs. Rays odds list Los Angeles as the -160 favorite on the money line, up from opening at -153. The over-under for total runs expected is set at eight. Before making any Rays vs. Dodgers picks for Game 5, check out the latest MLB predictions from the SDQL Gurus over at SportsLine.

They’re a group of data scientists who use artificial intelligence, risk management and the Sports Data Query Language (SDQL) database to capitalize on inefficiencies in the betting market. Entering Game 5 of the 2020 World Series, the SDQL Gurus are on an impressive 123-66 run on MLB picks, returning their followers almost $1,800. They’re on a 9-1 run overall in the 2020 MLB Playoffs and are 6-1 on World Series money-line and over-under picks thus far.

Overnight, the SDQL Gurus ran 50 million database queries, each of which describes a different handicapping situation for Game 5 of Dodgers vs. Rays in the 2020 World Series. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the MLB odds from William Hill and trends for Rays vs. Dodgers:

  • Dodgers vs. Rays money line: Dodgers -160, Rays +150
  • Dodgers vs. Rays over-under: 8 runs
  • Dodgers vs. Rays spread: Dodgers -1.5
  • LAD: The Dodgers are 15-5 in the last 20 games
  • TB: The Rays are 9-6 in the last 15 games

Why you should back the Dodgers

The Dodgers have a tremendous lineup, leading MLB in runs scored and home runs during the regular season, and that is always an advantage for Los Angeles. In Game 5, though, Dave Roberts can also take solace in having Kershaw on the hill. Kershaw’s playoff shakiness is well-documented in a historical sense, but the future Hall of Fame left-hander boasts a 2.88 ERA in four postseason outings in 2020.

That includes a stellar performance in Game 1, with Kershaw navigating six innings while allowing only one run with eight strikeouts. The Dodgers will hope to rekindle that success again in this matchup, and Kershaw was also dominant in the regular season, posting a 2.16 ERA in ten starts.

Why you should back the Rays

Though the Rays lost Game 1 with the same pitching matchup, Tampa Bay can be confident with Glasnow on the mound. The talented hurler boasts a 3.32 ERA since joining the Rays in 2018, and he is fully capable of spinning a gem at any moment. In fact, Glasnow is the type of pitcher that could take pressure off everyone else, with a blistering 14.28 strikeouts per nine innings during the regular season.

Behind him, the Rays can rely on a tremendous bullpen and, overall, Tampa Bay’s run prevention is elite due to the combination of pitching and high-end defense. Kevin Cash deploys a bullpen that led MLB in wins above replacement during the regular season, posting top-three marks in ERA (3.37) and walk rate (2.9 per nine innings) when compared to other bullpens around the league.

How to make Dodgers vs. Rays picks

The SDQL Gurus are leaning over on the total and they’ve also found an alarming 13-0 betting trend they believe makes one side of the money line a huge value. Head to SportsLine now to see the pick.

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