UNICS vs Samara. Will the Kazan people take revenge?

UNICS and Samara will meet on December 24 in the regular championship of the VTB United League 2023/24. The game will take place under the dome of the Basket Hall arena in Kazan.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on UNICS vs Samara


Kazan are second in the championship. They took 13 matches in the tournament with four defeats. UNICS is ahead of Zenit by one positive result, plus it has a match in hand. The current champion of the VTB United League is on a streak of four victories in a row.

The club has the best attacking line in the competition. At the same time, he scored 100 points in attack only in the last round against the Belarusians. In that battle, Eric Green scored 22 points for the opponent, Marcos Knight – 20, Jalen Reynolds – 16, Nenad Dimitrijevic – 11, plus he supplemented them with five assists to his partners.

By the way, the latter was included in the last team of the week. He earned his place in it with his performance against Astana. In that match, the basketball player scored 24 points, made seven rebounds and gave out the same number of passes.

UNICS has no problems with its roster. In almost every match the team has, it has its own heroes. In theory, there should be no problems with Samara, but the current VTB League is relatively unpredictable in terms of events. No one should underestimate anyone here.


The team is now seventh in the competition table with a balance of 10/7. Yenisei, which is currently fifth here, has exactly the same difference in victories and defeats. Samara is on a streak of three positive results in a row. The club has a negative difference in goals scored and points conceded. Not everything is critical there, but this fact is worth stating.

In the last match of the tournament, the team beat MBA. Based on that game, the Samara team is worth highlighting: Alexander Gudumak (17 points), Javonte Hawkins (11 points in the opponent’s basket), Rade Zagorac (11 points in attack) and Justin Roberson (11 points and six rebounds). This is a good thing, but there is something to complain about in that match. Samara suffered 25 losses in that battle. This is her anti-record for the season. Fortunately, the opponent was really weak and didn’t get anything out of the situation, with all due respect to him, but the Kazan team will not forgive such mistakes.

Previously, James Thompson was named to the team of the week. During that period, the basketball player showed excellent performance in the battles against Runa and Minsk. He then averaged 14 points, 12 rebounds and about one and a half steals per game.

UNICS vs Samara

History of the confrontation

On October 22, 2023, the teams met in the first round of the current round of the VTB United League. The match took place in Samara. The home team won it with a score of 104:93. Previously, the team once again upset the Kazan team in a friendly game at the end of August (84:81). Before this, UNICS achieved success in pairs three times in a row. The teams have no other meetings. The story of their rivalry begins in the summer of 2016.

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Bookmakers have no doubts about the reigning VTB League champion. 1xbet give only 1.2 for win 1. A win for 2 is priced at 4.5. Bets on Total Under(162.5) are multiplied by 1.82. Exceeding this cut-off point will multiply the money by 1.88. The odds on Handicap 1(-8,5) are 1.72. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Both UNICS and Samara are in great shape right now. It's all about class, and in this aspect, the home team has the upper hand. Kazan will confidently defeat their opponent. It's possible that there will even be a rout, but it's not certain. In any case, the home team will have at least three attacks against their opponent by the final siren. Here you can bet on a 1(-8.5) handicap for 1.72, with a little bit of insurance in case the home team fails.

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