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Two squads sitting on opposite sides of the league table face off in the 4th round of the Russian VTB United League, when the third-worse Saratov (0-1), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the league leaders of Khimki Moscow Region (3-0), who on the other hand want to remain perfect this season.
Date/Time: 10-14-2018, 11:00 EDT
Spread: Saratov +9
Saratov have a 0-1 record so far this season and are currently sit in the 11th place of the league table. In the opening game of the season they lost at home against Zielona Gora with an 86-89 score. They are led in scoring by Markel Starks with 18 ppg, adding a team high 7 dimes per game. He is followed by Orlando Johnson with 18 ppg and 6 boards per game.
Khimki have a 3-0 record so far this season and are currently sit in the first place of the league table. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against Enisey with an 86-106 score. They are led in scoring by Alexey Shved with 22 ppg, adding a team high 9 dimes per game. He is followed by Anthony Gill with 18 ppg and 6 boards per game.
Khimki won both meetings against Saratov last season (at home by 8 points and on the road by 8 as well). Saratov have a 0-1 home record, while Khimki are 2-0 on the road. Khimki are better both offensively, scoring 90.3 ppg to Saratov’s 86 and defensively, allowing 74.7 ppg to Saratov’s 89. They also have a better field goal percentage (49% to 42%), while Saratov have a better 3-point percentage (34.8% to 30.2%). Saratov are better both in turnover committed (11 to 13) and in boards grabbed (37 to 33.3), while both teams dish exactly 20 dimes per game. Bookmakers give Khimki a -9 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road victory.
Khimki M. vs Saratov Prediction: Khimki M. -9 (-111)
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