UNICS vs Lokomotiv-Kuban. Are the Railroaders back in the big game?

In one of the matches of the second round of the VTB United League 2022/23 winners stage, UNICS Kazan will host Krasnodar Lokomotiv Kuban. The game will be held on February 2 at the Basket Hall arena in the main city of Tatarstan.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on UNICS vs Lokomotiv-Kuban


The club is impressive in the season. He went through the regular season of the current VTB United League with a score of 20/2. Here he has two defeats from CSKA. There has been talk for a long time that it is Kazan and the army team that will play in the final of the tournament. Objectively, this opinion is logical, but UNICS cannot relax in advance. At least because there is Zenit, MBA, NN and Loko. By the way, the "railroaders" were not good at the beginning of the championship, but now the "locomotives" have gained momentum. Southerners are now a real threat. If we all know about it, then the UNICS coach is also aware of it. Velimir Perasovic is obliged to properly set up his wards for the match.

Kazan started the 2022/23 VTB United League winners stage with a positive result in the Volga derby against Nizhny Novgorod (86:85). This match was not easy. Similar resistance, and maybe even more active, should be expected from the Kuban Lokomotiv.


The team started the season very sluggishly. Gradually the club got in shape and finished the regular season of the VTB United League relatively decently (sixth place with a balance of 12/10). The stage of the winners "railroad" began with a sensational success against Zenit in St. Petersburg (92:90). Yes, the team from the banks of the Neva has enough problems, but this fact should by no means belittle Loko's sporting feat.

Next, the southerners need to take a guide to the fourth line, which is now one win. Krasnodar team go to Kazan in the status of an underdog. This is an objective state of affairs, but at least a little here they deserve the title of "dark horses", since Loko's current progress from match to match is hard not to notice.

UNICS vs Lokomotiv-Kuban

History of the confrontation

The clubs already have a couple of battles from the current VTB United League 2022/23 season. They were held in October and November last year. In both cases, success was on the side of the basketball team of Kazan. First, they were stronger on their territory with a score of 83:75, and then away - 82:70. In the ten most recent matches of the pair - 8:2 in terms of victories in favor of UNICS.

Odds from download 1xbet

UNICS are aiming for the VTB United League final 2022/23. The bookies are well aware of that and see him as the favourite. They're willing to give 1.30 for the home team's success. The margin of victory for the visitors stands at 3.5. Bets on Total Under (166.5) will be multiplied by 1.78. If you take a breakthrough of this ceiling, you can increase your bankroll by 1.97 times. The odds on Handicap 1 (-8.5) are 2. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

"Loko are coming to their senses and will add to their winning streak, but they can't compete here and now with Kazan, who are playing near-standard basketball. The visitors will try to win, but they won't have enough for the whole game, and closer to the end, the hosts will eliminate all questions about the winner - Victory 1 and a handicap of 1(-9). A spirited start to the battle will ensure big numbers on the scoreboard for its final - Total more (166.5).

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