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Dodgers vs Braves: times, TV channel, radio and how to watch Game 1 online tonight

All the information you need on how and where to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS at Truist Park on Saturday.

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Dodgers vs Braves: Times, TV channel, radio and how to watch Game 1 online tonight
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It all seems to be coming good for the Atlanta Braves. With a variety of circumstances working out nicely for them, they are now back in the National League Championship Series, against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Braves vs Dodgers: Game 1 preview

The Braves will host the Dodgers in Game 1 on Saturday night, earning home-field advantage in the rematch of last year's seven-game NLCS despite their opponent having a better regular-season record.

The Braves, the NL East Division champions, were 88-73 in the regular season but get to host the NLCS opener, and a potential Game 7, because the 106-win Dodgers failed to win their division before they advanced through the wild-card game.

Atlanta also has the advantage of finishing off the Milwaukee Brewers early in the NL Division Series -- three games to one -- and were able to set up their rotation, while the Dodgers were slugging it out in a five-game NLDS against the San Francisco Giants.

That the defending World Series champion Dodgers had to use two of their starting pitchers in Thursday's NLDS clincher, including expected Game 1 NLCS starter Max Scherzer for one inning as an impromptu closer, only played further into the Braves' hand.

Yet despite the scenarios, and the Braves' playoff familiarity with the Dodgers, they aren't gloating over the matchup. Especially since the Dodgers won last year's playoff duel.

"No, it's always challenging to go up against this team," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "Are you kidding me? No matter how familiar you are with this club, it's challenging when you (just) have a three-game series against them."

Left-hander and Los Angeles-area native Max Fried will start Game 1 for the Braves. He was 0-1 in two starts against the Dodgers in last year's seven-game NLCS but did have a 2.84 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings. In five regular-season starts against the Dodgers, he is 1-2 with a 4.30 ERA.

Fried is 1-0 this postseason, pitching six scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Brewers on Oct. 9.

"There's no secrets," Fried said of the NLCS matchup. "We know each other well enough by now, and it's just going out there and handling it between the lines."

The Dodgers will try to handle an opponent bent on revenge by using the momentum created by Thursday's nail-biting, 2-1 clincher over the Giants.

After a miserable season marred by injuries and a lack of productivity, Cody Bellinger drove in the go-ahead run Thursday in the ninth inning. After Julio Urias, in a relief role, was solid over four innings through the middle of the game, Scherzer pitched a scoreless ninth, helped by a controversial check-swing third strike for the last out on Wilmer Flores.

While Scherzer's use in Game 1 is likely, it is not official. He is 0-1 with a 1.46 ERA in 12 1/3 innings this postseason.

"I can't even comment on it," Scherzer said Thursday. "I got to come in (Friday), see how my arm feels, and then make a decision."

The Dodgers were sporadic on offense against the Giants, getting shut out twice, scoring a combined 16 runs in their first two victories in the series, then doing just enough in Game 5.

One reason for the inconsistency was the absence of Max Muncy and his career-best 36 home runs. His status for the NLCS remains unknown after he dislocated his left elbow in the regular-season finale.

"I've talked about it for six years; our expectation every year is to play through October," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "You're going to have highs, lows, some tough games where you got to kind of pick things up to win a ballgame. So I have no doubt our guys are going to come ready to beat the Braves in Game 1."

When is the game and how can I watch it in the US?

This first game in this series is scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. ET / 5:07 p.m. PT on Saturday 16 October at Truist Park in Atlanta. It will be shown on TBS and you can enjoy their coverage either on the TBS website or via the TBS app. (The app can be downloaded on iOS, Google Play, Roku among others)

It is also available to stream on MLB.TV with a one-time authentication, and you can subscribe to an audio service. ESPN Radio also provides live coverage.

A participating pay TV provider is required in order to watch select Postseason games. Check availability here. For $24.99, you can watch every out-of-market game live or on demand at 60fps on multiple devices, with choice of home and away TV and radio feeds.

Where can I watch the MLB playoffs?

All of the National League playoff games are on TBS, and the American League games are on Fox and FS1. Fox will broadcast The World Series.

How to watch the MLB playoffs without cable?

Four of the five major live TV streaming services offer Fox, FS1 and TBS- where you can watch the rest of the playoffs. YouTube TV, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV or DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T TV) are all services you can use, but have to check what works best in your area.

You can find the full schedule here.

Dodgers vs Braves play-by-play on AS USA

You can follow all the action from Truist Park live here on AS USA, with Jeffrey May’s inimitable play-by-play coverage.

His build-up will start around an hour or so before we get underway. You'll not want to miss that, even if you have the game on another screen.