Cubs vs. Reds odds, line, score prediction, start time: 2024 MLB picks, May 31 best bets by proven model (2024)

The Chicago Cubs will look to break out of their recent funk when they battle the Cincinnati Reds in National League Central action on Friday. Chicago has lost seven of eight, while Cincinnati has won four of its last six games. The Reds (24-32), who are 2-4 against divisional foes this season, are 17-21 against right-handed starters. The Cubs (28-29), 6-10 against the Central, are 24-22 against right-handers.

The game is slated to begin at 2:20 p.m. ET from Wrigley Field in Chicago. Chicago is the -148 favorite on the money line (risk $148 to win $100) in the latest Reds vs. Cubs odds from SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total runs scored is 8.5. Before making any Cubs vs. Reds picks, be sure to see the MLB predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every MLB game 10,000 times. It entered Week 10 of the 2024 MLB season on a 125-100 run on top-rated MLB picks dating back to last season, and it has excelled on top-rated run-line picks during that span, going 20-8 (+708). Anybody following has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Cubs vs. Reds and just locked in its picks and MLB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are severalMLB oddsand betting lines for Reds vs. Cubs:

  • Cubs vs. Reds money line: Cincinnati +125, Chicago -148
  • Cubs vs. Reds over/under: 8.5 runs
  • Cubs vs. Reds run line: Chicago -1.5 (+139)
  • CIN: The Reds have hit the game total Under in 24 of their last 39 games (+9.70 units)
  • CHC: The Cubs have hit the first five innings team total Under in 21 of their last 30 games (+10.80 units)
  • Cubs vs. Reds picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why you should back the Cubs

Javier Assad (4-1, 2.17 ERA) is on the hill for Chicago and he'll be backed by an offense that ranks 14th in Major League Baseball in runs scored (244). Center fielder Cody Bellinger has been on fire of late. In the four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers, he was 8-for-18 with two doubles, one home run and three RBI. He has hits in each of his last six games, including five games with multi hits. In 43 games this season, he is batting .267 with nine doubles, one triple, eight homers, 26 RBI and 19 runs scored. He has hit Cincinnati pitching throughout his career. In 36 games, he is batting .303 with five doubles, one triple, 13 homers and 31 RBI.

Right fielder Seiya Suzuki is also on a hot streak, with hits in each of his last seven games. In Thursday's loss to the Brewers, he was 1-for-2 with a homer and two RBI. He was 2-for-5 with a stolen base on Wednesday night. In 32 games this year, he is hitting .258 with five doubles, five homers and 18 RBI. In 24 career games against the Reds, he has five doubles and five homers with 12 RBI and two stolen bases.See which team to pick here.

Why you should back the Reds

Right-hander Graham Ashcraft (4-3, 4.67 ERA) will start for Cincinnati. In 10 starts this season, he has logged 54 innings of work, allowing 59 hits, 28 earned runs and 19 walks, while striking out 43. In his last outing, a 9-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, he earned the victory while working 5.1 innings, allowing eight hits, five earned runs and one walk, while striking out three. In his start prior, he took the loss in a 4-0 decision against the Dodgers on May 18, but allowed just three earned runs on three hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Among the Reds' top hitters is shortstop Elly De La Cruz. In 56 games this season, he is hitting .249 with 10 doubles, one triple, nine homers and 24 RBI with 37 runs scored. He is coming off a 2-for-5 performance in Wednesday's loss to St. Louis. He has been a terror on the base paths, registering 31 stolen bases, while being caught just five times.See which team to pick here.

How to make Reds vs. Cubs picks

SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 10.3 combined runs. It also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the model's MLB picks and analysis at SportsLine.

So who wins Cubs vs. Reds, and which side has all the value?Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on, all from the model that's 125-100 on top-rated MLB picks, and find out.

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