In Game 1 of this Russian VTB United League quarterfinal, the fourth-seeded Zenit Petersburg (16-8), are hosting the fifth-seeded Avtodor Saratov (14-10). The game takes place at the Triumph Sports Palace in the city of Lyubertsy on Thrusday, May 24th 2018. Russian VTB United League Saratov vs Zenit Petersburg Game 1 Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 05-24-2018, 12:00 EDT
Spread: Zenit Petersburg -6.5
Zenit Petersburg finished the regular season with a 16-8 record. Petersburg owns the league’s fourth best overall mark. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against Tsmoki Minsk with an 83-76 score. They are led in scoring by Kyle Kuric with 15.7 ppg. Kuric adds 3.1 boards per game. He is followed by Sergey Karasev with 15 ppg and 3.6 boards. Drew Gordon adds 11.7 ppg and a team high 6.9 boards per game.
Avtodor Saratov finished the regular season with a 14-10 record and were placed 5th in the league. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won on the road against Astana with a 75-92 score. They are led in scoring by Coty Clarke with 20.4 ppg, adding a team high 8.1 boards per game. He is followed by Branden Frazier with 13.6 ppg and 3.9 dimes, while Justin Robinson adds 12.2 ppg and a team high 7 dimes per game.
In their two previous meetings in the regular season each team has won on the road (Saratov by 14 points and Zenit by 15). Zenit have a 9-3 home record so far this season, while Saratov are 7-5 on the road. Saratov are better offensively, scoring a second-best 87.8 ppg to Zenit’s 85.5, while Zenit are better defensively, allowing 85.5 ppg to Saratov’s third-worse of 87.7. Saratov have a better accuracy both from the field, shooting with 48% to Zenit’s 45.9% and from behind the arc, shooting with 36.2% to Zenit’s 34.3%.
Club Zenit are better in assists made (19.4 to 18.9) and in turnovers committed (11.7 to 12.8). In addition both teams are almost equal in rebounding (31 to 30.7). Saratov have been playing extremely well this season and they have already won Zenit once on the road. Vegas odds give Zenit a -6.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as Saratov will force a closer game than that.
Saratov vs Zenit Petersburg Game 1 Prediction: Saratov +6.5 (-115)
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Russian VTB United League Saratov vs Zenit Petersburg Game 1 Spread and Prediction