Nizhny Novgorod vs Lokomotiv-Kuban. Rivalry with lively intrigue

On March 31, the quarterfinal series of the VTB United League 2022/23 between Nizhny Novgorod and Kuban Lokomotiv starts. The match will be hosted by the Nagorny sports complex in Nizhny Novgorod. The hall can accommodate just over 5,500 spectators.

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

Nizhny Novgorod

The team finished the 2022/23 VTB United League regular season in fourth place (13/9). Perhaps this result can be called excellent. Above are: CSKA, UNICS and Zenit. They, objectively, Nizhny Novgorod cannot get around at a long distance, so you should be happy with what you have. In the Winners' Stage, NN defended its position (4/6), the same rivals remained higher in the table.

It is also worth noting that relatively recently Nizhny Novgorod took the trophy in the Russian Cup, beating Zenit in St. Petersburg in the final (84:72). This is the first major success for the club in its history. Yes, he already has a win in the Super League, but with all due respect, this tournament is clearly lower in rank.

In the quarterfinals of the VTB United League Nizhny Novgorod will face Loko. The series starts at home. This is a plus. The team has beaten the "railroad" in the current championship four times already. This is another advantage over the opponent. On paper, everything is in favor of HH basketball players, but you shouldn’t relax too much here, since the opponent is very difficult, and he wants to get medals in the tournament.


Last summer, the team was forced to rebuild. This process was very painful for her, as important legionnaires left. The leaders found a replacement, but the Krasnodar team failed to play before the start of the championship. The start of the tournament was a failure, then the "railroad" began to gradually rectify the situation. Ultimately, the club finished the regular season in sixth place (12/10). In the Winners' Stage, the southerners moved up one position in the table (5/5). Nizhny Novgorod were higher in the overall standings only because of the better difference in points.

It's a pity that the series starts on the opponent's territory, but with all due respect to him, he is not the worst lot for Lokomotiv. What is the plan for trips to Nizhny Novgorod? The series should be taken home at 1:1 (or 2:0 in your favor, ideally, but this is unlikely).

Nizhny Novgorod vs Lokomotiv-Kuban

History of the confrontation

In the current VTB United League, the teams have already sorted out their relationship four times (twice in the regular season, and the same number in the Winners' Stage). All these games went to the assets of Nizhny Novgorod (93:79 at home and 73:63 away in the first round, 82:80 away, 75:70 on home territory in the second). In ten extreme battles of the teams - 6:4 on positive results in favor of Nizhny Novgorod basketball players.

Odds from download 1xbet

This is probably the most interesting pairing at the VTB United League 2022/23 quarterfinal stage. The bookies don't see a clear favourite here, although they still believe a little more in Nizhniy Novgorod. They're paying 1.53 for the home team's win. The odds for the away team to win are 2.5. If you take Total Under (156.5), you can increase your bank by 1.85 times. The price to beat this cut-off point is 1.85. A handicap of 1(-4.5) costs 1.85. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Nizhny Novgorod will play their best in the first game of the series. Basically, the opponent would agree with that, leaving their reserves for the second away game. The home team will win the game with a win 1 and a handicap of 1(-4.5), and the game itself will be a modest one, with a total of less than (156.6).

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