Lokomotiv Kuban vs CSKA Moscow. More at stake than just victory

On April 20, in Krasnodar, Lokomotiv Kuban will host CSKA Moscow in the third semifinal match of the VTB United League 2022/23. The game will take place at the Basket Hall Arena. The score in the series is 1:1.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Lokomotiv Kuban vs CSKA Moscow

Lokomotiv Kuban

The Railwaymen slept through most of the regular season of the VTB United League 2022/23. They turned on only in the second half and managed to cling to sixth place. Then the team pulled up to the fifth line in the Winners' Stage. In the first round of the playoffs, Krasnodar competed with Nizhny Novgorod, which finished one position ahead of them. Loko easily knocked out the opponent from the tournament here, who was considered the pair's favorite on paper. It took three matches.

In the first game against CSKA, the locomotives were good. They took the first three quarters, but missed the victory in the very end. In the second battle, they defeated the favorite. It was something. To defeat CSKA charged with success on its territory is a basketball feat. It turns out that the guys from Loko have deprived the opponent of the advantage of their site. Now we need to perform at home no worse.

Krasnodar has a very cool team. Her legionnaires are fine now. They make a difference. Nothing needs to be changed. We must continue to bend our line against the favorite.

CSKA Moscow

The club goes for the trophy. He went through the regular season undefeated. Then he calmly defended his position in the Winners' Stage. Then, without straining, he sent Saratov Avtodor to the early holidays, having dealt with him in three meetings in the quarterfinals.

The opening match against Loko also went to the assets of CSKA, and in the second there was a misfire. Objectively, Muscovites are better than their rival in all respects. This is noticeable, but it was impossible to celebrate the victory here in advance. The opponent is skillful and motivated. He can turn any oversight or underestimation of his strength into a victory. Loko has already demonstrated this. Next, you need to draw the right conclusions.

CSKA lost the advantage of its parquet. Ahead of two trips with the score in the series 1:1. Now the "railroad" in a better position. “CSKA” is now important not to swim.

Lokomotiv Kuban vs CSKA Moscow

History of the confrontation

The score in the series is 1:1. Muscovites took the first battle of the series at home with a score of 87:84, and in the second they lost on their floor - 83:84. Prior to this, the teams played four more general matches in the season (two in the regular season and the same number in Group A of the next round). All these battles went to the asset of "red-blue".

Odds from download 1xbet

CSKA is the main contender for the trophy in the season. They are favourites to win every game in the VTB United League. The bookmakers pay 1.53 to win 2. A win for the home team is priced at 2.5. The odds on total less (169.5) are 1.9. Bets on overcoming the given cutoff are also multiplied by 1.9. The odds are 2.45 for a Kuban win in the first quarter. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

"Loko will give their all in this match. That's who he's betting on. "The Army Men, on the other hand, are not at their best mentally after their recent painful series defeat. The home team will create a sensation, defeating the favourite (Win 1) in a high-scoring game. The Kuban will take the lead from the start, and they'll definitely clinch the first leg at 2.45. That said, it should be clear that all the fight in the pairing is still ahead of them, and the Muscovites certainly won't give up this series without a fight.

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