Caesars Sportsbook on Thursday morning offered either the Dodgers or Giants at -105 in the decisive game 5. The early bet was very even. At BetMGM sportsbooks, 51% of the bets were on the Dodgers to start the day.
The betting market moved in favor of San Francisco early Thursday, which could end in a long line. According to ESPN Stats and Information, the Dodgers have been preferred over the Giants in their last 87 meetings. It is the second-longest current streak between division rivals, behind only the Houston Astros, who have been preferred over the Texas Rangers in 89 games in a row.
The last time the Giants were preferred over the Dodgers was five years ago, on October 2, 2016, the last day of the regular season 2016. In their last 90 meetings with the Giants, including in the playoffs, the Dodgers are 50-40.
Overall, the Dodgers have been underdogs in just three games the previous two seasons, including the playoffs. Los Angeles lost all three of the games played this season.
The Giants, on the other hand, have been underdogs 61 times this year – despite setting the best record in baseball during the regular season (107-55). San Francisco started the season as a 100-1 long shot to win the World Series. The Giants’ ability to overcome the big odds has left some sports books with considerable responsibility.
“We did not think they had a real chance to do this,” SuperBook CEO John Murray told ESPN. “We consider the Dodgers the best team in baseball. We thought that all season and thought it was just inevitable that they would pass the Giants.”
Out of the five remaining teams, the Giants at +475 have the fourth-best World Series odds at Caesars Sportsbooks ahead of only the Atlanta Braves (+600).
The Houston Astros, who will face the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series, are the current favorites to win the World Series at +200 on Caesars Sportsbook. The Dodgers are +350 and the Red Sox are +400.
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