Nizhny Novgorod vs UNICS. Will the Kazan club keep the first place in the VTB United League?

The regular draw of the VTB United League is reaching the finish line, the participants are starting to distribute places before the start of the playoffs. Nizhny Novgorod lost in six of the last eight matches, and ended up in a protracted gaming crisis. He has already fallen to the seventh position in the standings of the competition, but he is well aware that he will definitely be in the next stage. The main problem of the team was the weak attacking line, which scored only 872 points in 11 meetings.

UNICS continues to churn out victories and dominate, looking almost flawless. In addition, representatives of the club reported that the key foreign players are not going to leave Kazan. The team has a great opportunity not only to finish the preliminary stage in the first position, but also to compete for the coveted title. On March 14, the rivals will clash with each other at the site of the Nagorny stadium in Nizhny Novgorod.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Nizhny Novgorod vs UNICS

Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod looks frankly weak, so a series of three defeats in a row looks like an absolutely natural result. First, the team lost to the Yenisei (61:79), then crumbled under the onslaught of UNICS (71:85), and an unpleasant series ended with a defeat from Avtodor Saratov (70:83). And this is rather strange, since she initially relied on performers from Russia, now she should be in the most advantageous position. But basketball players look frankly bad in attack, gaining points with great difficulty.

The main problem is the low percentage of hits from medium and long range. In addition, against the background of nerves, Nizhny Novgorod players make too many mistakes and losses. This also cannot but affect the final result.


UNICS gave out the most shocking February and looks just great. And he started with a victory over CSKA in overtime - 105:103. That fight turned out to be incredibly tense, and at the key moment, individual skill was decisive. And then the team began to churn out victories, to demolish all rivals from their path. Yenisei was beaten with a score of 97:77, then the team turned out to be stronger than Astana (84:53), and the victory over Tsmoki-Minsk became a beautiful touch (98:56). And now Kazan will try to do everything to prevent a single misfire until the end of the regular championship. This will allow him to finish in first position, not paying much attention to opponents and pursuers.

Nizhny Novgorod vs UNICS

History of the confrontation

Up to this point, the rivals have faced each other 42 times in the VTB United League, the Euroleague and in friendly matches. The most obvious advantage is on the side of UNICS, which turned out to be stronger 32 times. Only in 10 matches the final victory went to Nizhny Novgorod. The last head-to-head match between the opponents took place in January 2022. Then the teams met among themselves on the floor of the Basket Hall in Kazan. The hosts of the floor calmly destroyed the opponent with a score of 85:71. And the best player of that meeting was Khezonya, who scored 20 points, made eight rebounds and four assists.

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The bookmaker's office no longer believes in the final victory of Nizhny Novgorod. They offer to bet on it with a coefficient of 3.7. But UNICS quite rightly looks like a favorite, it looks just great. You can win the parquet guests' victory with a coefficient of 1.31. The base total of the match was set at around 154 points. To bet on its penetration, as well as on the reverse option, they give with a coefficient of 1.9. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

Nizhny Novgorod continues to be in a gaming crisis. He can't deal with the problems he's facing. It is noticeable that the team is trying to improve the situation, but constantly runs into the same obstacles. And the Nizhny Novgorod team's attack is hardly ready to make life difficult for the opponent. UNICS continues to win one duel after another, literally grinding opponents to powder. Therefore, now he should not experience any particular difficulties. We predict that the Kazan club will be stronger with a handicap of (-7.5) points.

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