UNICS vs Zenit. A match without a favorite?

Arena "Basket Hall" in the capital of Tatarstan will host on April 16 the first semi-final match between the local UNICS and Zenit from St. Petersburg.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on UNICS vs Zenit


The team has long been matched to the finals of the VTB United League 2022/23, and so far everything is going to the fact that Kazan will be able to be there. UNICS finished the regular season and Winners' Stage in second place. In the first round of the playoffs, he beat the opponent 3-0 without intrigue in the series. Now on the horizon is Zenith, which should not be underestimated, but it should also be understood that the St. Petersburg team is not in the best shape this year.

As for the Kazan team, they have complete order with the squad. Daryl Macon is on the list of contenders for the MVP title. On average for the season, he scores 18 points per match, collects a little more than two balls on the shield, and assists partners almost four times. Also on account of the legionnaire more than one interception per game. Realization of two-pointers - 51.6%, threes - 45.1%. Efficiency score - 19.3. On the floor, Daryl spends an average of 28.5 minutes per meeting.

Louis Labery is also in the contenders for the MVP title in the VTB United League 2022/23. The guy delivers more than 12 points per game to opponents and makes about seven rebounds. He has a crazy mid-range shot conversion (71.6%) and is good at long-range shots (41.1%). Efficiency score - 19.1. On average, he spends 29.5 minutes per battle on the court.


St. Petersburg are the only team in the 2022/23 VTB United League semi-finals to win the series in the last round of the competition in four games. Other clubs then managed three battles. At the same time, Zenit is the current champion of the tournament. It turns out that during the year the “blue-white-blues” noticeably lost in terms of class. During this period, the team lost several of its significant players and could not fully replace them.

Although the St. Petersburg team has new leaders. For example, Ertel. The Frenchman is a candidate for the MVP of the season. On average, a basketball player scores 13.5 points per game in the VTB United League 2022/23, making about 2.5 rebounds and almost nine assists. Additionally, Thomas makes an average of one interception in each meeting. The Frenchman has excellent implementation (about 50% of his shots from an average distance reach the goal, if you prepare for three-pointers, then here too the implementation is in full order (43%)). Efficiency score - 16.9. On the floor, this guy spends about 25 minutes in each meeting.

UNICS vs Zenit

History of the confrontation

The teams have crossed paths this season of the VTB United League four times already. UNICS took two games in the regular season (82:79 away and 95:94 at home). Meetings from the Winners' Stage went to the assets of Zenit (80:69 in Kazan and 83:78 in St. Petersburg). In the last ten battles of the pair - 7:3 in terms of winnings in favor of Zenit.

Odds from download 1xbet

UNICS is more stable than Zenit on the season and they are the favourites to win. Bookmakers are paying 1.6 to see Kazan win. The visitors' success is priced at 2.35. Bets on under par (162.5) multiplied by 1.9. To beat that scoreline, the odds are also 1.9. The odds on handicap 1(-5.5) are 2.1. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

It's a very interesting pairing. They'll fight in every encounter, but UNICS is better than Zenit and they'll start the series with a solid win at home - Victory 1 and a handicap of 1(-5.5). The St. Petersburg club will put up a good fight against Kazan. Expect big numbers on the scoreboard by the final siren - total more(162,5).

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