Phillies vs Braves Prediction & Picks (Sept. 18): Sparks Fly at Truist Park

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A new week of MLB action begins on Monday, including the start of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves. These NL East rivals have already collided 10 times this season, leaving time to tell who’ll start the final Phillies vs. Braves series on the right note.

The Phillies continue their road trip after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals twice in three games at Busch Stadium. Meanwhile, the Braves return home after suffering a three-game sweep at the hands of the Miami Marlins.

Can the Phillies cement themselves as playoff threats by winning tonight? Or will the Braves prove, once again, why they’re currently the No. 1 team in the Majors?

This Phillies vs. Braves betting preview aims to answer those questions and more. So buckle up and prepare to take a look at the latest MLB odds and trends, as well as my favorite bets for tonight’s clash.

Phillies vs. Braves Tonight (Sept. 18)

PHI vs. ATL Game Information

  • Matchup: Philadelphia Phillies (81-68, 38-37 Away) vs. Atlanta Braves (96-53, 47-25 Home)
  • Venue & Location: Truist Park (Atlanta, GA)
  • Date: Monday, Sept. 18, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:20 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Where to Watch Phillies vs. Braves Tonight: MLB.TV, Bally Sports South, NBC Sports Philadelphia

Phillies vs. Braves Odds

Game odds as of Monday, Sept. 18 at 11:45 a.m. ET, courtesy of Bovada. Odds from other reputable sportsbooks may also be mentioned in this article.


  • Philadelphia Phillies -1.5 (+140)
  • Atlanta Braves +1.5 (-165)


  • Over 9.5 Runs (-110)
  • Under 9.5 Runs (-110)


  • Philadelphia Phillies -116
  • Atlanta Braves -104

Phillies vs Braves Probable Pitchers (Sept. 14)

  • Phillies: Zack Wheeler (29 starts — 11-6, 3.70 ERA)
  • Braves: Kyle Wright (6 starts — 0-2, 7.48 ERA)

Phillies vs Braves Betting Trends

  • Philadelphia is 6-14 straight up in its last 20 road games against Atlanta.
  • Atlanta is 13-6 straight up in its last 19 games against the NL East.
  • The total has hit the Over in five of Philadelphia’s last seven games.
  • The total has hit the Over in 11 of Atlanta’s last 13 NL matchups.
  • The Over is 3-1 in the last four Philadelphia-Atlanta matchups.

Phillies vs Braves Game Preview

Tonight’s Phillies vs. Braves is a potential NL Division Series preview. After all, if the playoffs ended today, Philadelphia would face the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Wild Card Series with the winner of that clash facing Atlanta.

While there are a few weeks until we find out if that becomes reality, you don’t have to go too far back to find when these rival clubs last met. The Phillies host the Braves at Citizens Bank Park for a four-game series last week, resulting in three victories for the visitors.

At the end of the day, it was just more of the same.

After all, the Braves are 7-3 against the Phillies in the 10 matchups they’ve played so far this season. Six of those victories came in the last seven encounters as Atlanta outscored Philly by an average of 2.4 runs during that span.

Phillies vs Braves prediction, odds & picks (Sept. 18)
Can the Braves find a way to have even more success over the Phillies this season?

If the Phillies are to keep things closer, another strong start from Zack Wheeler is needed.

On one hand, Wheeler has been great this season, going 11-6 with a 3.70 ERA across 29 starts. On the other hand, he was beaten up in a 7-6 loss to the Braves last week, allowing three homers and six earned runs on seven hits over five innings of work.

Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that the 33-year-old veteran is 3-2 with a 2.08 ERA in his last five trips to Truist Park.

The Braves, meanwhile, turn to Kyle Wright as they look to avoid a third consecutive loss.

The former 2017 first-rounder hasn’t played up to snuff this season, highlighted by an 0-2 record and 7.48 ERA in six starts thus far. He has won three of his last four starts against the Phillies, though, making it interesting to see if Wright bounces back.

Phillies vs Braves Prediction (Sept. 18)

The Braves are due for a bounce-back performance, so I’m taking them to win tonight. The Phillies have struggled against their divisional rival this season and last week’s series just magnified that.

With a 13-7 ATS record against the NL East at home this season, Atlanta covering the 1.5-point spread is more likely than Philadelphia covering, especially with the visitors being 8-12 ATS on the road against the division in 2023.

Prediction: ATL 6, PHI 5

Bet: Braves +1.5 (-165 on Bovada)

Phillies vs. Braves Player Prop

When it comes to a Phillies vs. Braves player prop, I’m going with Kyle Scwarber recording an RBI at +140 odds.

Schwarber has been one of the Phillies’ best road performers lately, batting .286 with seven HRs and 12 RBIs in his last 12 away games. With Wright giving up a ton of runs this season, I see Schwarber having plenty of opportunities to drive in at least one of his teammates tonight.

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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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