MLB betting: Will the winner of the Dodgers vs. Giants NLDS end up winning the World Series?

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Welcome to Yahoo Sports' Division Series betting previews. Below you'll find all the odds available at BetMGM for the NLDS between San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers along with our predicted winner.

Game 1 of the series is Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET on TBS.

Series winner odds

  • Los Angeles Dodgers (-155)

  • San Francisco Giants (+130)

Exact outcome odds

  • Los Angeles sweep (+450)

  • Los Angeles 3-1 (+275)

  • Los Angeles 3-2 (+375)

  • San Francisco sweep (+900)

  • San Francisco 3-1 (+500)

  • San Francisco 3-2 (+400)

General series odds

  • 3-game series (+280)

  • 4-game series (+145)

  • 5-game series (+150)

Series schedule

  1. Game 1: Oct. 8

  2. Game 2: Oct. 9

  3. Game 3: Oct. 11

  4. Game 4 (if necessary): Oct. 12

  5. Game 5 (if necessary): Oct. 14

Los Angeles, CA - October 06: Los Angeles Dodgers Chris Taylor rounds the bases after hitting the game-winning two-run home run during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Los Angeles, CA - October 06: Los Angeles Dodgers Chris Taylor rounds the bases after hitting the game-winning two-run home run during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers (-155)

The Dodgers are definitely without Clayton Kershaw for the postseason because of a left elbow injury and the status of Max Muncy is up in the air. The All-Star suffered an elbow injury in the final game of the regular season but didn’t suffer any structural damage despite having to have his elbow popped back into place. If Muncy is available and healthy, the Dodgers’ lineup somehow gets even better.

If Cody Bellinger hits like he did in the postseason a year ago, it’s extremely easy to see how the Dodgers are the favorites for the World Series. Bellinger had just a .542 OPS in 2021 after missing most of April and May. Every other Dodgers regular had an OPS of at least .860. And that’s not counting super-utility player Chris Taylor, the man who delivered the knockout blow to the Cardinals on Wednesday night with his walk-off home run in the ninth inning.

Walker Buehler is set to get the ball in Game 1 with Julio Urias and wild-card starter Max Scherzer the other two definitely in the Dodgers’ rotation with Kershaw out. The bullpen is deep and Blake Treinen and Kenley Jansen form one of the best 1-2 combinations of any playoff team.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 03: LaMonte Wade Jr. #31, Mike Yastrzemski #5  and Logan Webb #62 of the San Francisco Giants score against the San Diego Padres in the 4th inning at Oracle Park on October 03, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brandon Vallance/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 03: LaMonte Wade Jr. #31, Mike Yastrzemski #5 and Logan Webb #62 of the San Francisco Giants score against the San Diego Padres in the 4th inning at Oracle Park on October 03, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brandon Vallance/Getty Images)

San Francisco Giants (+130)

The Giants beat the Dodgers in the standings and have home-field advantage yet are the underdogs in the series. The season series between the two teams doesn’t tell us too much. The Giants won the series 10-9 and the Dodgers outscored the Giants 80-79 in those games. This sure feels like a series that has all the makings of a five-game slugfest.

The Giants’ offense is set to be without Brandon Belt for at least this series. Belt suffered a fractured left thumb last week and is hoping to return for the NLCS. Belt slugged .975 in 2021 and hit 29 homers in just 381 plate appearances. The Giants still have plenty of offense without Belt in the lineup as 10 players had 12 or more homers. While both teams are in the top four in home runs hit per game, they’re also very good at home run prevention. That’s partially due to the pitchers’ parks they play in, but the Giants’ staff allowed the fewest homers per inning in the majors and the Dodgers were fourth.

Kevin Gausman was a bona fide ace in 2021 with a 2.81 ERA in 33 starts and he struck out 227 batters in 192 innings. He’ll likely go in Game 1 and will be followed by Logan Webb. The 24-year-old was fantastic on the final day of the regular season as the Giants had to stay ahead of the Dodgers to win the NL West and avoid a tiebreaker game. The bullpen is also fantastic with five relievers pitching in at least 57 games and posting ERAs under 3.00.

Series prediction

Giants in 5. Why not? It’s extremely hard to repeat as a World Series champion — the Yankees from 1998-2000 are the last team to win consecutive World Series titles. The Giants showed all season long they weren’t a fluke and as long as the bullpen is as excellent as it was during the regular season, I think San Francisco can win it all.

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