UNICS vs Lokomotiv-Kuban. Whose attack is stronger?

UNICS will play Lokomotiv Kuban on May 8 in the second final match of the VTB United League 2022/23. The game will take place on the floor of the Basket Hall arena in Kazan. The first meeting of the series remained with the "locomotives".

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on UNICS vs Lokomotiv-Kuban


In the first meeting against the "railroad" the team picked up the style of the opponent. This applies to defensive actions. If we talk about the line of attack, then aggression was felt here, but sometimes the execution failed, and the opponent was good on the rebounds, although he sometimes made mistakes in this component. The first match of the final played by UNICS was reminiscent of a kind of reconnaissance by force.

How will Kazan players act in battle number two? It's hard to say, because there is a feeling that they have not yet decided on their basketball for Loko. The UNICS coach undoubtedly has some ideas and developments, but surprises from him will definitely follow.

Kazanians like to play attacking basketball, it is possible that we should stick to our line here as well. The defense of the “railroaders” is not ideal, besides, UNICS plays at home, where, so to speak, they have “shot in the rings”. On the road, it will be possible to play more modestly in front, betting on defense, and in Tatarstan, effective basketball suggests itself.

Nenad Dimitrievich was modest in the first battle against Loko (13 points with an accuracy of about 43% from the field). Everyone expected more from him. Daryl Macon made the maximum contribution to the team piggy bank (16 points), Marcos Knight - 14, Louis Labery and Vince Hunter 11 each.


The club focused on attack in the first game against UNICS. Here Loko took the quantity, not the quality, although the three-pointers flew very worthy. There was a lot of marriage, but the opponent also sinned with this. It is possible that excitement affects both sides, because the first championship for both is at stake.

Lokomotiv made a bet on Russian athletes in the match against Kazan. The plan seemed risky, but there is hope, if you look at the work of the guys from Lokomotiv. In the end, the coach's idea turned out to be sensible. The Russians did not become leaders in statistics, but they did a decent amount of work. In the next game, you can show something similar, with slight adjustments.

The minimum task of trips to Tatarstan has been completed. Victory has been won. In terms of psychology, the “railroad workers” now have an advantage over their opponents. If this fact helps them adjust their sights in the next battle, then it will be just awesome. In the first match against UNICS, Jaylen Burford (17 points) became the most productive player in Krasnodar. Chris Horton scored a double-double (11 points in the opponent's ring, 12 rebounds). DeVon Akoon-Purcell fired 12 points into the opponent's basket.

UNICS vs Lokomotiv-Kuban

History of the confrontation

The score in the current series is 1:0 in favor of Loko (winning on the road with a score of 88:76). Before that, the teams met four more times in the VTB United League 2022/23. In those battles it was 2:2 in terms of victories. UNICS was stronger twice in the regular season (83:75 at home and 82:70 away), while Loko was better in the Winners' Stage (103:70 away and 78:70 at home). In the ten most recent battles, the pair are 5:5 in terms of positive results.

Odds from download 1xbet

For the bookies, the favourites are the home team. The odds are 1.44. The railroaders' success is priced at 2.8. The odds on the under total (163.5) are 1.9. If you take a shot of this ceiling, you can increase your money by 1.9. A handicap of 1(-8.5) is priced at 2.23. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

In the first game of the series, UNICS did not have a shot on target. The second home game won't have that problem. The home team would secure a win in a productive shootout with Loko, who would fight back until the final whistle - Victory 1 and a handicap of 1(-8.5).

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