Zenit vs MBA. The end of the rookie basketball tale?

Zenit in St. Petersburg will host the MBA on the floor of the Sibur Arena sports complex. The game will take place on April 1st. This is the starting meeting of the teams in the quarterfinal series up to three positive results.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Zenit vs MBA


The reigning champion of the VTB United League finished the current regular championship of the tournament in third place (16/6). In the Winners' Stage, he did not move anywhere in the final protocol (7/3). In the quarter-finals, Zenit meets with the worst team in Group A, starting the series with two home games. The prospects for the Blue-White-Blues are very good. They definitely outperform their rivals in class. Their roster is in immaculate condition. Ertel recovered 100% by the start of the playoffs.

You need to defeat the Muscovites in the first game of the series to break their spirit. Next, you need to pick up the second meeting in class and quickly complete the case on the road. It's not worth pulling. In the semi-final it will be as difficult as possible, you need to understand this and save energy for those battles. With the performing class, the team from the banks of the Neva is in perfect order, which means that the plan may well work.


The middle peasants of the last Superleague this season made a fuss in the new division. Muscovites finished in the regular season of the country's elite basketball tournament in fifth place (13/9), losing in the table to Nizhny Novgorod only by additional factors. In the Winners' Stage, MBA did not succeed (2/8) and she rolled back to the last line in Group A. Well, now we need to be content with what we have gained. The series against Zenit is an extremely big test.

What is the plan for trips to St. Petersburg? Ideally, it would be to transfer the series to Moscow, at least with a score of 1:1. It is quite clear that the opponent will shoot powerfully in the first battle. Perhaps it is possible to save energy in it only by designating the fight, for example, by the work of snipers, who are definitely present in the composition, and then throw all your reserves in the second battle in St. Petersburg. It is obvious to everyone that the MBA basketball players are definitely not strong enough to take on Zenit on the road in both battles.

Zenit vs MBA

History of the confrontation

The teams have already crossed five times this season. In the first battle of the regular season of the VTB United League 2022/23, St. Petersburg got a positive result on their territory with a score of 87:62 without any problems. In the response, the Muscovites dragged the opponent into overtime and put the squeeze on him there (76:75 after 67:67). Then Zenit took two matches in the Winners' Stage (73:71 at home and 90:62 away). Plus, the "blue-white-blues" have a victory over the MBA in the semi-finals of the Russian Cup (87:77 in St. Petersburg).

Odds from download 1xbet

For the bookmakers, the home team is the clear favourite. Their win is priced at 1.04, while the visitors' win is priced at a tasty 11 odds. Bets on the total less (155.5) are multiplied by 1.9. An overcoming of this performance mark is also worth 1.9. If you take a handicap of 1(-19.5), you can increase your money by 1.96 times. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

The series is likely to stretch over three games, but it will definitely start with a resounding victory for Zenit to the roar of the home crowd - Win 1 and Handicap 1(-19.5). The IBA boys won't get too comfortable in the battle and will make sure the total score of the encounter is relatively high - total over (155.5).

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