Nizhny Novgorod vs Lokomotiv-Kuban. Battle for fourth place

On March 12, Nizhny Novgorod and Lokomotiv Kuban will meet in one of the matches of the 2022/23 VTB United League Winners' Stage. The fight will take place under the dome of the Nagorny Arena.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Nizhny Novgorod vs Lokomotiv-Kuban

Nizhny Novgorod

The team is among the underestimated. The basketball community of the country in the 2022/23 season admired the MBA and did not notice Nizhny Novgorod. In the last round of the regular season, the Nizhny Novgorod team powerfully beat the Muscovites (88:55) and moved them from the fourth line in the VTB United League table. Further, the club got three positive results in six meetings of the Winners' Stage and knocked UNICS out of the National Cup. Nizhny Novgorod are strong, and absolutely everyone should reckon with them.

In the Winners' Stage, NN basketball players defeated Loko, which is traditionally considered the elite of Russia, Zenit (the current champion) and UNICS, which is now in second place in Group A. The victory over Kazan happened in the last round. In part, it is historical, since earlier the Nizhny Novgorod team could not defeat the guys from Tatarstan for four years in a row. In this battle, Jermain Love set his new performance record in the VTB United League. He made nine field goals on 17 attempts for 28 points. It is possible that the American will become the leader of the team in the battle with the “railroad workers”.


The team started the season hard, but it gradually accelerated. Loko got into the Winners' Stage from the sixth place. Here the team has already played seven meetings. They produced four positive results. On the positive side, there are victories over UNICS and Zenit. Cool, but Kazan and St. Petersburg are not all right now, so you should not overestimate these results. In any case, the Cubans are doing well. They managed to pull themselves up to the fifth line in the overall standings and can get to the fourth if they defeat the Nizhny Novgorod team.

The importance of the upcoming meeting for Lokomotiv is difficult to overestimate. After the battle with NN Krasnodar will have rivalries with UNICS and CSKA. It seems that it will be almost impossible to win there, so you need to give all your best on March 12, and then work according to the situation.

Nizhny Novgorod vs Lokomotiv-Kuban

History of the confrontation

The teams have already competed three times in the VTB United League 2022/23. In all these games, Nizhny Novgorod were stronger. First, they took two matches in the regular season (93:79 at home and 73:63 away) and one in the Winners' Stage (82:80 in Krasnodar). In the last ten battles of the pair, there is complete equality of forces (five positive results for each side).

Odds from download 1xbet

Bookmakers do not see a clear favorite of the meeting, but, nevertheless, they believe in Nizhny Novgorod a little more. For the victory of the guests give 2.45. The winnings for the parquet owners are worth 1.55. The coefficient on the total less than (160.5) is equal to 1.7. Breaking through this performance bar is estimated at 2.08. Bets on handicap 1(-2.5) are multiplied by 1.72. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Nizhny Novgorod is bold this season, but Lokomotiv also managed to get in shape during the championship. Whatever it was, but on the side of the guests class. This fact is an advantage, but it is on paper, but in reality Nizhny Novgorod upset the “railroad workers” three times in the season and will do it again (Victory 1). The match will be equal and everything will be decided in the end - handicap 1 (2.5). The southerners will fight until the siren, willingly running into attacks - the total is over (160.5).

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