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CSKA Moscow vs Zenit St. Petersburg: Prediction and Betting Tips
CSKA Moscow coming into this match after a great away win
After losing their opening match in Milano to Olimpia, CSKA will play their first home game of the season. In fact, that comes after a very convincing win in Istanbul over reigning Euroleague champions Anadolu Efes. Notably, a super performance by Toko Shengelia and Johannes Voigtmann was the key factor for this win.
Markedly both players combined for 40 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. During the match, the Russian team won the first and third quarters, Despite being very close in the stats with Efes, coach Itsoudis’s team marginally had better shooting stats which made the difference in the end.
CSKA Key Stats
- The average points scored by CSKA this season in the Euroleague is 87
- CSKA made 48.5 % of their shots from the two-point range
- Itsoudis’s team has an average of 4.5 steals per game
Евролига уже в Москве! Завтра проведем первый домашний против «Зенита»!
— CSKA Moscow (@cskabasket) October 11, 2021
Zenit St. Petersburg need to be more offensive against CSKA
Zenit’s impressive defense in their first two matches handed them two wins out of two this season. Moreover, coach Xavi Pascual’s team held off their opponents under 70 points in both matches. Apparently built as a defensive team, Zenit are allowing 23.5 points fewer per game than CSKA.
However, it will be interesting to see Euroleague’s second-best defense so far against CSKA’s strong offense. Indeed, Zenit couldn’t cope well with CSKA’s offense already this season in the VTB Super Cup final last month. Hence it is crucial for Pascual’s team to have a better offensive turnout as well.
Zenit Key Stats
- The average shots made from the three-point range by Zenit is 30.2%
- Zenit made 7.5 steals per game in the Euroleague this season
- Pascual’s team has an average of 70 points scored per game
CSKA Moscow vs Zenit St. Petersburg Prediction
The main question of this match is that can Zenit’s defense stop CSKA’s offense? As we saw in the preview Zenit already lost once this season to their hosts. In fact, CSKA won all four meetings between these two in the Euroleague.
Moreover, we think whoever dictates the pace of the game will have the edge. Since CSKA are an offensive team they like quick game while the opposite is true for Zenit. In any case, to win Zenit needs to limit CSKA’s offense to at least under their match average of 70.
In conclusion, and considering all these aspects, CSKA are the overwhelming favorites to win this match. To point out, Vbet is offering odds as low as 1.24 for a home win. Since the odds are low we will back the total points for the first quarter of the match as we predict for it to be low.
CSKA Moscow vs Zenit St. Petersburg Betting Tips
Under 40.5 1st Quarter Points 1.60 at Vbet
CSKA to win first Quarter 1.47 at Vbet
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