CSKA vs Lokomotiv-Kuban. Are Krasnodar ready to create sensations?

CSKA Moscow will host Lokomotiv Kuban on April 15 in the first match of the VTB United League 2022/23 semifinal series. The game will take place in Moscow on the site of the Megasport Arena sports complex.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on CSKA vs Lokomotiv-Kuban


The club is well-equipped and played 100%. The Army Men won the regular season. Then they defended their own in the Winners' Stage. After that, they ended the streak in three matches in the first round of the playoffs. CSKA confidently goes to the trophy.

Nikola Milutinov is fighting for the title of MVP of the season. The Serb is the classic number five. In his position, he is the best in the tournament to date. On average, he scores a little more than 16 points per game, making about nine rebounds and assisting a partner about one and a half times. We note his excellent implementation of medium throws (under 70%). Efficiency score - 28.5. On the court, Nikola plays just over 23 minutes per meeting.

Aleksey Shved imposes competition on his teammate in the race for the MVP title. The Russian is gaining an average of 17 points per game during the season. He also collects about three balls on the shield and distributes under eight assists during this period. The guy has good conversion (60% of his two-point shots go on target and about 32.5% when it comes to long-range shots). Efficiency score - 20.8. Alexey spends about 25.5 minutes on the floor in each match.

CSKA have such guys. They are the best in their positions and their personal ambitions rarely interfere with the common cause. It is very, very difficult to compete with such “soldiers” in a series of up to four victories.


The team was no at the start of the season, but it added in every match. As a result, the team managed to cling to the sixth place in the regular season, and then added one position in the table in the Winners' Stage. Krasnodar started the playoffs on the road against Nizhny Novgorod, who, according to the rules of the tournament, were considered favorites. Loko got the opponent out of their way in three games. This is the case when the locomotive accelerates for a long time and slowly, but in the end it gains a powerful speed.

Jaylen Barford is among the contenders for the MVP of the season. He is not a leader in the race, but the guy is really good. For a match in the VTB United League 2022/23, the legionnaire scores under 17 points, making 3.5 rebounds and giving about the same number of effective passes to partners. Approximately half of his shots from medium range reach the target, and about a third when it comes to shots from behind the arc. Performance score - 15. On average, Jaylen spends 27 minutes on the floor in each of his games. He must lead his partners in battles with CSKA.

CSKA vs Lokomotiv-Kuban

History of the confrontation

In the current VTB United League, the teams have already sorted things out four times. Twice it was in the main round of the tournament and the same number in the Winners' Stage. In all these battles, success was on the side of the Muscovites (84:64 and 98:66 away, as well as 94:80 and 94:74 at home). In ten last meetings of the pair - 9:1 in terms of winnings in favor of the "red-blue".

Odds from download 1xbet

The Army Men are favourites for the match. They have had a strong and even season, and have yet to make any mistakes in the play-offs. The bookmakers are only paying 1.08 for their win. The odds on the visitors to win are multiplied by 8. The odds on total under (170.5) are 1.8. Breaking this points ceiling is worth 1.9. A handicap of 1(-14.5) is priced at 1.7. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

The series will not be short, but it will start with a solid win for CSKA. "The Army team will play perfectly and avoid intrigue in the end with a 1(-14.5) handicap. "Loko" will be sniping all the way to the end. We expect solid numbers on the scoreboard - total over (170.5).

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