Lokomotiv-Kuban vs UNICS. Match of last year's VTB League finalists

On December 2, Lokomotiv-Kuban in Krasnodar will host UNICS Kazan in the regular championship match of the VTB United League for the 2023/24 season. The meeting will take place on the floor of the Basket Hall sports complex.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Lokomotiv-Kuban vs UNICS


The club was sluggish at the start of the season, but has now picked up the pace. At the moment, the “railroad workers” are in fourth position in the overall standings (8/5). Yenisei lags behind only according to additional criteria, plus there are also Samara and Uralmash behind (they have 7/6 each). If we talk about the positive, then the club is only one positive result behind Zenit and UNICS.

At the moment, the “railroad workers” are in the VTB League on a streak of four victories in a row. The team is in great shape. It is necessary to break a direct competitor with courage. The task is difficult, but there are no unattainable goals.

Akun-Purcell is Loko's main hero in the first part of the tournament. He scores about 16.5 points per game, along with more than four rebounds, almost two and a half assists, and is sometimes good at stealing. The guy is really good in one-on-one play.

Let us repeat that the “railroad workers” were not impressive at the start of this season. It was during this period that Akun-Purcell did not play. Then, when the basketball player recovered, Loko made a breakthrough, winning six out of seven matches.


Kazan are second in the VTB United League. They have nine wins in 12 matches in the tournament. Only CSKA (12/1) is better in the competition, but we cannot relax. Pressing from behind are Zenit (9/4), Loko (8/5) and Enisey (8/5). At the same time, the Kazan team slowed down their defense a little. In their last five matches they lost twice.

Dimitrievich has excellent statistics after the first round of the VTB League regular season. He averages 16 points per game, along with three and a half rebounds, almost seven assists and just over one steal. His teammate Knight is also very good (about 16 points in attack per meeting, three goals on the board, almost two and a half assists and more than two interceptions).

UNICS is the most productive team in the VTB League this season. The above-mentioned duo makes a great contribution to this common cause. Let us remind you that Dimitrievich became MVP in the playoffs of the VTB League 2022/23. The guy maintains his level in the new season. In terms of efficiency, it is now in the TOP 3 of the tournament. If we talk about Knight, he is a specialist in ending matches. The guy missed three matches this season and UNICS lost in two of them.

Lokomotiv-Kuban vs UNICS

History of the confrontation

The Kazan team took the last five matches of the pair. Previously, the “railroad workers” were stronger here three times in a row. Over the past two calendar years, the teams have crossed paths 15 times. In these battles it was 10:5 in terms of winnings in favor of UNICS. The “greens” took the match of teams from the first round at home with a score of 91:73. It was September 30th.

Odds from download 1xbet

For bookmakers, there is no favourite in this battle. At 1xbet, Victory 1 and Victory 2 are priced at the same odds of 1.9. The odds for the total under (171.5) is 1.9. Breaking this points bar is also worth 1.9. If you bet on handicap 1(-1,5), you can increase your money 2.05 times. Bets on handicap 2(-1,5) are multiplied by 2. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Battle of personalities. Akun Purcell versus Dimitrijevic and Knight. Quality in this case is equal and infinitely higher. Quantity wins here, that is, the visitors. Loko's leader can't break the Green's star duo alone. We take Victory 2 at 1.9.

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