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Dodgers -200 to win World Series before Game 3

by Sam Panayotovich
Updated On: October 23, 2020, 11:44 pm ET

The World Series series price is right back where it started. 

After the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays split the opening two games, PointsBet Sportsbook has the Dodgers as -200 favorites to hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy. The underdog Rays currently check in at +160. So if you didn't want to jump in the pool before the series started, now's your chance with the same exact odds.

Los Angeles rode six stellar innings from ace Clayton Kershaw in the opener to cruise to an easy victory in Game 1. Tampa Bay had Kershaw on the ropes in the first inning, but let him off the hook. The southpaw cooked with gas from that point forward and shut the Rays down.

PointsBet adjusted the Dodgers to around -450 to win the World Series after nine innings. Then Brandon Lowe and the Rays busted out the bats in Game 2 to even the series 1-1.

Interestingly enough, the Rays +1.5 games pick I made before the World Series is now more expensive. The house was spotting you +1.5 games at (-130), but that number is now priced at -143.

I actually still like that bet even at a higher price. The Rays should definitely win one more and clearly, I think they can win two more. If they can knock around Kershaw in his next outing, they might win the whole damn thing.

"This Rays team is for real," one Vegas bookmaker told NBC Sports. "People have counted them out the entire year. I remember one guy in our room saying they would blow it once the playoffs started. And this is the one seed in the American League we're talking about.”

Most sportsbooks have reported heavier handle numbers on the Dodgers for all three games. Even with over 70 percent of the bets on Los Angeles tonight with Walker Buehler facing Charlie Morton, the line has moved from L.A. -160 to -150 at PointsBet.

I think it's easy to get behind a Rays run to a championship because they don’t beat themselves. They throw strikes and let their defense do the rest. Tampa has two really good arms in the front of the rotation and all sorts of weapons out of the pen. Plus, we get Tyler Glasnow and Blake Snell two more times this series. 

And Rays manager Kevin Cash does a tremendous of blending analytics with his natural feel for the game. That's a very tough skill despite what some people believe. Just ask Chicago White Sox fans what it was like to have a talented team and a terrible manager. 

If you missed the boat earlier this week, now is your chance to take Rays +1.5 games at a fair market price. If they win tonight, you may not get the opportunity the rest of the way. 

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Sam Panayotovich

Sam Panayotovich is a sports betting analyst from the South Side of Chicago. He'll probably pick against your favorite team a lot. Follow him @spshoot