Euroleague Basketball Picks
In the 9th round of the Euroleague Basketball, we have an all-Russian showdown when Zenit St. Petersburg (3-1), are hosting Khimki Moscow Region (1-6). The hosts are 1-1 after returning to action from a one-month absence. The guests are struggling mightily, having won only once this season and have dropped last.
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Date/Time: 11-17-2020, 12:00 EDT
Spread: Zenit Petersburg -3 Total: +162.5
Zenit have a 3-1 record and are sitting in the 10th place. In their last game they won Lyon-Villeurbanne on the road, 53-66. They were a 4-point favorite and managed to beat the odds.
Kevin Pangos leads the team both in scoring with 12.8 ppg and in assists made with 5 per game.
Khimki have a 1-6 record and are sitting in the last place. In their last game they lost on the road by Fenerbahce, 83-71. They were a 5-point underdog but failed to cover the spread.
Alexey Shved leads the team both in scoring with 19 ppg and in assists made with 10.7 per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Zenit won on the road by 8 points.
Last season, Khimki led Zenit 2-1 wins with each team winning on the road.
Zenit are 1-1 at home, while Khimki are 0-3 on the road.
Zenit have the worse offense in the league (69.8 to 76 ppg), but they have the best defense, allowing 66.8 ppg to Khimki’s second-worse of 83.3.
Zenit have a better field goal percentage (45.2% to 43.7%), while both teams have a similar 3-point percentage (33.5% to 33.3%).
Khimki are better in assists made (18.6 to 14.5), while Zenit are better both in turnovers committed (13 to 15.7) and in rebounding (32.6 to 29.2).
Bookmakers give Zenit a -3 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. The guests are in full force and have been historically winning on the road, so pick them in this one.
Khimki M. vs Zenit Petersburg Prediction: Khimki M. +3 (-106)
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