Lokomotiv-Kuban vs UNICS. Will the Kazan residents lose their positive rhythm?

The Basket Hall arena in Krasnodar will host a match between local Lokomotiv and UNICS from Kazan on March 26. The game will take place as part of the second round of the Winners Stage of the VTB United League of the 2023/24 season.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Lokomotiv-Kuban vs UNICS


The Railwaymen finished the main championship of the tournament in third place (19/7). At the end of the round, they produced a series of three positive results in a row. Further, in the Winners' Stage, things got more difficult for the "steam locomotives". Now they occupy fourth place here in the overall standings of the round, going with a balance of 21/10. The team lags behind Zenit only according to additional criteria.

In the most recent match of the tournament, Loko defeated PARMA at home. In this match, Krasnodar players deserved praise from: Jaylen Burford (19 points), Okaro White (15 points in attack, seven rebounds, and three interceptions), DeVon Akun-Purcell (12 points in attack) and Vladislav Yemchenko (11 points, three interceptions and a pair of blocked shots).


The Kazan team went through the regular season of the VTB League 2023/24 smoothly. There they finished in second position (20/6), finally winning four matches in a row, and in the last one they even defeated CSKA, which was first in the round.

Further in the Winners Stage, UNICS managed to break through to the top of the overall competition. Now the Kazan players are first here with a balance of 25/7. Very cool, but the army guys are not asleep. They are only one positive result behind in the championship. Basketball players from Tatarstan are now in complete control of the situation. They just need to defend theirs here.

In the last match in the VTB League, UNICS defeated Zenit at home (91:90). There was some luck, but, as they say, those who are lucky are lucky. In that meeting, the Kazan players especially stood out: Nenad Dimitrievic (32 points, five rebounds and nine assists), Jalen Reynolds (23 points in attack, plus ten collected goals on the board), Louis Laberie (16 points in the opponent’s hoop) and Eric Green , who scored 11 points into the opponent's basket.

It is also worth recalling here that Louis Laberie was awarded a place in the last team of the week of the tournament. He got there for his personal achievements in the battle against the Yenisei. In that match, he had eight points, 11 rebounds, three assists and a solid 25 points for efficiency on the floor.

Lokomotiv-Kuban vs UNICS

History of the confrontation

The teams have crossed paths three times already this season of the VTB League. At first they competed twice in the regular season of the tournament. Here they were 1:1 in winnings. The Kazan team took their match here with a score of 91:73 at home, and the Krasnodar team was better on their own territory – 82:75. The game in the Winners' Stage took place in Tatarstan. In it, with a score of 80:76, the home team was better. In the last ten meetings of the pair – 6:4 with positive results in favor of UNICS.

Odds from download 1xbet

Bookmakers do not have much faith in the reigning champion of the tournament. They give 1.78 for Victory 1. Victory 2 is priced at 1xbet at 2.04. The odds for the total under (162.5) is 1.9. Breaking this cut-off point will multiply your money also by 1.9. If you take handicap 1(-5,5), you can increase your bank by 2.45 times. The price of handicap 2(-5.5) is 3.14. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

The Railwaymen are good, but the Kazan team is better now. The home team has nothing that can stop UNICS at the moment. We bet on a confident victory for the guests (handicap 2(-5.5) for 3.14).

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