Clayton Kershaw Favored for the 166th Straight Start

Clayton Kershaw Favored for the 166th Straight Start

It’s been over 5 years since Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers closed as underdogs in a game. The last time it happened was July 24, 2012 in a 8-2 loss at the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Dodgers closed +127 in that game. Friday night’s game will mark the 166th straight Kershaw start that the Dodgers have been favored in.

LA opened -250 for Game 1 against Arizona and has moved up to -270 this morning. In Kershaw’s career as a favorite, LA has gone 181-90 straight up for +12.6 units on the moneyline. In the playoffs, LA has gone just 7-7 in all of Kershaw’s starts (1-0 as an underdog in 2009).

At the time of publication, LA was receiving 66% of moneyline bets for Game 1 which isn’t very lopsided for such a large favorite. It does look like sharp money likes the Under though– the total has dropped from 7.5 to 7 since opening, and 75% of the money wagered has come in on the Under.

We’re also projecting the Dodgers line to move up to -280 around the market. You can keep up with all the latest line moves, betting percentages, breaking injuries and more at our Free Live Odds page.

Dan McGuire

Dan McGuire is the Operations Manager and soccer specialist at Sports Insights. You can find him on Twitter (@ArsenalDMC) and he can be reached directly at

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