Sportsbooks have NLDS Sport 5 between Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants a toss-up

The odds are at Pick ’em and the betting market is split between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants ahead of Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Thursday.

Caesars Sportsbook bid either the Dodgers or Giants at -105 in the crucial game 5 Thursday morning. The early bets were very even. At BetMGM Sportsbook, 51% of the bets were on the Dodgers to start the day.

The betting market moved in San Francisco’s favor early Thursday, which could end a long streak. According to ESPN Stats & Information Research, the Dodgers were preferred over the Giants in their last 87 meetings. It is the second-longest current streak among division rivals, only behind that of the Houston Astros, who were preferred to the Texas Rangers in 89 consecutive games.

The last time the Giants were preferred to the Dodgers was five years ago, on October 2, 2016, the last day of the 2016 regular season. In their last 90 encounters with the Giants, including in the playoffs, the Dodgers are 50- 40

Overall, the Dodgers have only been underdogs in three games in the last two seasons, including the playoffs. Los Angeles lost all three of those games played that season.

The Giants, on the other hand, were underdog 61 times this year – although they had the best record in baseball in the regular season (107-55). San Francisco started the season as a 100-1 throw to win the World Series. The Giants’ ability to overcome the high odds has faced some sports betting providers with significant risks.

“We didn’t think they had a real chance,” SuperBook executive director John Murray told ESPN. “We think the Dodgers are the best team in baseball. We’ve thought all season that it’s just inevitable that they’ll overtake the Giants.”

Of the five remaining teams, the Giants have the fourth best World Series odds on Caesars Sportsbook at +475, just ahead of the Atlanta Braves (+600).

The Astros, who will compete in the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox, are the current favorites to win the World Series with +200 at Caesars Sportsbook. The Dodgers are +350 and the Red Sox are +400.

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