Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks odds, picks and predictions

The Chicago Cubs (11-19) open a 3-game road series against the Arizona Diamondbacks (17-15) Thursday. First pitch is 9:40 p.M. ET at Chase Field. Let’s analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Cub vs. Diamondbacksodds with MLB picks and predictions.

This is the first time this year these teams face each other.

The Cubs had lost 5 games in a row, and 8 of 9, but then they went into San Diego and took 2 of 3 outings from the Padres. They are coming off a 7-5 win over the Padres Wednesday.

The Diamondbacks lost 11-3 to the Miami Marlins Wednesday but had already won that series. They have won 9 of their last 12 games.

Cubs at Diamondbacks projected starters

LHP Drew Smyly vs. RHP Zach Davies.

Smyly (1-3, 3.04 ERA) makes his 6th start. He has a 1.23 WHIP, 1.9 BB/9 and 6.5 K/9 through 23 2/3 IP.

  • Has taken the loss in 3 straight appearances after not allowing a run in his first 2 starts.
  • Has gotten out of the 5th inning only twice this season.
  • Is 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA against Arizona in his career across 1 start and 1 relief appearance.
  • Davies (1-1, 3.34 ERA) makes his 7th start. He has a 1.21 WHIP, 3.9 BB/9 and 6.7 K/9 through 29 2/3 IP.

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  • Coming off his best start of the year with 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball and 6 strikeouts with a no-decision in a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies Saturday.
  • He is 7-7 with a 3.67 ERA across 19 career starts against the Cubs.
  • Cubs at Diamondbacks odds and lines

    Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 8:15 a.M. ET.

  • Money line (ML) : Cubs +105 (bet $100 to win $105) | Diamondbacks -130 (bet $130 to win $100).
  • Run line (RL)/Against the spread (ATS) : Cubs +1.5 (-190) | Diamondbacks -1.5 (+155).
  • Over/Under (O/U) : 8.5 (O: -125 | U: +100).
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    Cubs at Diamondbacks picks and predictions

    Prediction

    Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 3.

    Money line

    The Cubs haven’t been bad on the road this season. Chicago is 7-8 away from Wrigley Field, compared to 4-11 at home. They just took 2 of 3 contests on the road from the Padres, but they had lost 8 of their previous 9 games and 14 of 17.

    The Diamondbacks have gotten great starting pitching this season. They have the 2nd-lowest starting pitching ERA in the league.

    They are 9-9 at home this season but have won 4 of 6 in this homestand and 6 of their last 8 at Chase Field.

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    Take the DIAMONDBACKS (-130).

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    Run line/Against the spread

    The Cubs are an even 15-15 ATS this season and 8-7 ATS on the road. They have been underdogs in all but 6 games this season.

    The Diamondbacks are favored for only the 5th time this season. They are 2-2 ATS in those games.

    They are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games.

    Take the DIAMONDBACKS -1.5 (+155).

    Over/Under

    The Cubs’ last 2 games had at least 9 runs but they went 7 straight games before that with totals of 8 runs or fewer.

    The last two contests for the Diamondbacks had more than 9 runs but their previous 4 games did not.

    The Cubs have scored 3 runs or fewer in 13 of their last 19 games.

    Take UNDER 8.5 (+100).

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