Russian VTB League CSKA Moscow vs Saratov Picks, Spread and Prediction

Date/Time: 01-18-2020, 10:00 EDT Spread: Saratov +14 Total: +169

In the 14th round of the Russian VTB United League, Avtodor Saratov (6-5), are hosting the defending champions CSKA Moscow (9-2). The hosts snapped a three-game losing streak and want to continue on the winning ways. The guests are red-hot as usual, having lost only once in their last nine games.

Saratov have a 6-5 record and are 6th in the league. In their last game they won Kalev/Cramo at home, 87-61, beating the odds. They are 5-1 in their last 6 home games. CSKA have a 9-2 record and are second in the league. In their last game they won Nizhny Novgorod on the road, 63-83, beating the odds. They have four consecutive road wins.

In their previous meeting in the first round of the season, CSKA won at home by 34 points. Saratov are 5-2 at home, while CSKA are 5-1 on the road. Last time CSKA won on the road by more than 12 points was back in the 2015-16 season. Two of their last three meetings in Saratov have gone to overtime. CSKA lead the league both offensively (92.9 to 79.5 ppg) and defensively (71.1 to 87.5 ppg).

I’m going to pick Saratov with +14 today. They have been giving CSKA are hard time at home lately, who are also coming off a two-game week in Euroleague. They are still the favorite for the win, but expect Saratov to force a closer game than that today.

CSKA Moscow vs Saratov Prediction: Saratov +14 (-116)

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