The Cincinnati Reds (54-80) and Chicago Cubs (57-79) have split the first 2 games of their series and will settle things on Thursday at 2:20 p.m. ET at Wrigley Field.

Let’s analyze Tipico Sportsbook‘s lines around the Reds vs. Cubs odds with MLB picks and predictions.

Season series: Cubs lead 7-5

The Reds have alternated wins and losses in their last 8 games. 

After they were perhaps the worst team in the league for half a season, they are now 26-26 in their last 52 contests.

The Cubs have been scuffling lately and Wednesday’s loss was their 8th in their last 10 games.

Cessa (3-2, 5.18 ERA) makes his 41st appearance (5th start). He has a 1.42 WHIP, 3.3 BB/9 and 6.7 K/9 in 48 2/3 IP.

Sampson (1-5, 3.95 ERA) makes his 16th appearance and 14th start. He has a 1.33 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9 and 6.9 K/9 in 70 2/3 IP.

Money line (ML): Reds +120 (bet $100 to win $120) | Cubs -145 (bet $145 to win $100)

Run line (RL)/Against the spread (ATS): Reds +1.5 (-175) | Cubs -1.5 (+140) Over/Under (O/U): 8.5 (O: +100 | U: -125)