MBA vs CSKA. Moscow derby in VTB United League

On December 23, in the central match of the 18th round of the VTB United League 2022/23, IBA will host CSKA. The capital derby will take place on the floor of the Krylatskoye arena in the main city of Russia.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on MBA vs CSKA


With a balance of 12/5, the team is now fourth in the league table. Zenit, going third, gives Muscovites hope to get around it, but not everything is obvious here. In any case, no one expected such powerful performances from the MBA in the championship. The team will definitely become the opening of the tournament according to its results.

Timofey Yakushin looked bright in the last meeting against Minsk. In this battle, he scored 16 points, collected seven goals on the shield and found partners with assists seven times. For these achievements, he was awarded a place in the team of the week.

The fight with CSKA will be tough. The opponent will do everything to take the derby, and he has complete order with the performing class. MBA basketball players, objectively, have almost nothing to catch in this meeting. It sounds a little rude and as pessimistic as possible, but that's the truth.


So far, there's nothing to complain about. Behind 17 matches in the VTB United League 2022/23 and in them the "soldiers" won 17 times. 100% result, and it quite predictably corresponds to the first line in the final protocol of the competition. The Swede and Milutinov are the main stars of the current CSKA. They haven't played in two games in a row. There is information that they have some damage. There is no point in risking their health now, as Muscovites cope with rivals with a semi-reserve squad. Will these guys show up to fight the MBA? It is not yet known, but this moment is definitely not the key in the upcoming confrontation.

CSKA has the best offensive line in VTB United League 2022/23. On average, the club delivers 93 points to its rivals and at the same time it does not give too much. In terms of defense, the Red-Blues are second in the tournament, missing about 73 points per game. Let's also say that the capitals have the expected best point difference (+409) in the current VTB.

Livio Jean-Charles became a hero in the last match against Loko. He had 25 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. It was his best game for CSKA. Legionnaire after the match entered the symbolic top five of the tour. Well deserved.


History of the confrontation

In 2017, the teams met through a friendly match. It ended with a crushing victory for CSKA (80:56). In 2020, the clubs crossed paths in the semi-finals of the Gomel Cup. "CSKA" again took the meeting (106:59). In mid-October of this year, the teams fought a battle within the first round of the current VTB United League. "Red-blue" won it without any problems (110:78). So far, these are all battles in pairs.

Odds from download 1xbet

CSKA, undefeated on the season, are the clear favourites for the upcoming encounter. Bookmakers give only 1.06 for Victory 2. The success of IBA, on the other hand, is given a cosmic odds of 9.9. If you take Total less than 171.5, you can increase your bank 1.89 times. For exceeding this point ceiling, the payout is also 1.89. Handicap 2 (-15) bets are multiplied by 1.7. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

There are no sensations on the horizon. CSKA will try to go through the regular season without a slip-up. The visitors will predictably win big - Victory 2 and a handicap of 2 (-15). They'll give their opponent some breathing room, but they'll also do decent work up front. This will make the total score of the match relatively high - Total more (171.5).

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