Diamondbacks vs Cubs Prediction & Picks (Sept. 7): Suzuki’s Heater Continues

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The Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs are set to begin a four-game series at Wrigley Field on Thursday, Sept. 7. It’s the first of seven Diamondbacks vs Cubs matchups over the next 11 days and neither club can afford to lose due to their positioning in the National League wild-card race.

The Diamondbacks begin an eight-game road trip following Wednesday’s 12-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Meanwhile, the Cubs continue their homestand after their three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants.

So, which side will emerge victorious in the Windy City?

Fear not: This article has all of your Diamondbacks vs Cubs betting needs covered. Keep reading for the latest game odds, important information, and best bets ahead of tonight’s action.

Diamondbacks vs Cubs Tonight (Sept. 7)

ARI vs. CHC Game Information

  • Matchup: Arizona Diamondbacks (72-68, 34-33 Away) vs. Chicago Cubs (76-64, 40-31 Home)
  • Venue & Location: Wrigley Field (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Date: Thursday, September 7, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:40 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Where to Watch Diamondbacks vs Cubs: MLB Network, Marquee Sports Network, MLB.TV

Diamondbacks vs Cubs Odds

Game odds as of Thursday, Sept. 7 at 10:08 a.m. ET, courtesy of Bovada. Odds from other sportsbooks may also be mentioned in this article.


  • Arizona Diamondbacks +1.5 (-145)
  • Chicago Cubs -1.5 (+125)


  • Over 8.5 Runs (-115)
  • Under 8.5 Runs (-105)


  • Arizona Diamondbacks +139
  • Chicago Cubs -165

Diamondbacks vs Cubs Probable Pitchers (Sept. 7)

  • Diamondbacks: Ryne Nelson (24 starts — 6-7, 5.47 ERA)
  • Cubs: Javier Assad (25 games/7 starts — 3-2, 2.69 ERA)

Diamondbacks vs Cubs Betting Trends

  • Arizona is 3-6 straight up in its last nine games.
  • The Cubs are 5-0 straight up in their last five home games.
  • The total has hit the over in four of Arizona’s last five road games.
  • The total has hit the under in nine of the Cubs’ last 11 games against the NL West.
  • The total has hit the under in six of the last nine games between Arizona and the Cubs.

Diamondbacks vs Cubs Game Preview

The NL wild-card race is heating up while the Diamondbacks and Cubs are in the thick of it.

The Cubs enter tonight’s contest as the No. 2 wild-card club, however, they’re also just 1.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL Central lead. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks sit 0.5 games back of the final wild-card position with the Giants and Cincinnati Reds breathing their neck.

If they’re going to move closer to taking over a playoff spot, the Diamondbacks need to be better on the road. They’ve lost four of their last six away games, including the last three by an average margin of six runs.

On the flip side, the Cubs are on a five-game winning streak at Wrigley Field, boasting a plus-3.2 average run margin. Seiya Suzuki has done most of the dame down that run, tallying two home runs with nine RBIs while slashing .421/.450/.895 across 19 at-bats.

The D-backs are also hoping to get better play out of starting pitcher Ryne Nelson.

The 25-year-old righty has been awful lately, going 0-2 with a 9.16 ERA in his last four starts after allowing 19 earned runs and six HRs on 28 hits over 18 2/3 innings. Even worse is that Nelson has allowed six ERs over three innings in each of his last two appearances.

Meanwhile, after beginning the 2023 MLB season as a reliever, Javier Assad has turned into a reliable starter for the Cubs. He’s made six starts since the beginning of August, going 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA while allowing 6.8 hits with 6.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

For comparison, Assad is 1-2 with a 3.06 ERA as a reliever this season.

If he continues pitching as he has over the last month or so, it’s going to be tough for the Diamondbacks to get much offense going.

Diamondbacks vs Cubs Prediction and Best Bets

  • Diamondbacks vs Cubs Prediction: Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 3
  • Diamondbacks vs Cubs Best Bets: Cubs -1.5 (Best Value: +135 on Bovada) & Seiya Suzuki Over 1.5 Total Bases (+145 on Bovada)

With the Diamondbacks struggling to keep things close on the road, I’m taking the Cubs to win. Chicago has been playing great at Wrigley Field while Assad’s continued dominance on the mound should produce more results — especially with the Arizona batters only having two runs on 12 hits with 16 Ks in their last two away games.

As for a player prop, I’m going with Seiya Suzuki to record over 1.5 total basses (+145).

diamondbacks vs cubs prediction & picks
The Cubs’ Seiya Suzuki has a great opportunity to continue his hot streak tonight.

Suzuki has been Chicago’s best player lately, racking up 27 total bases with a 1.415 OPS in his last seven games. He’s finished with the over on this prop six times during that stretch and with how poorly Nelson has been pitching, I see that streak continuing.

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Devon Platana
Devon Platana

Devon is a Master of Journalism graduate who joined the sports betting world in 2020. His favorite leagues to cover are the NHL, NBA and NFL, and has a soft spot for fantasy football specifically. Outside of sports, he enjoys the finer things in life like pasta, live music and getting even more tattoos.

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