Russian VTB United League CSKA Moscow vs Nizhny Novgorod Picks, Spread and Prediction

Date/Time: 01-03-2020, 08:00 EDT Spread: Nizhny Novgorod +13.5 Total: +164

Two of the top-4 squads of the Russian VTB United League face off in the 13th round of action, when Nizhny Novgorod (6-1), are hosting the defending champions CSKA Moscow (8-2). Both teams have four consecutive wins and only one will extend their winning streak today.

Nizhny are fourth in the league and in their last game they won Kalev/Cramo at home, 95-85, not beating the odds. Anton Astapkovich leads the team in scoring with 18.7 ppg, adding 4.2 rebounds per game.

CSKA are second in the league and in their last game they won Unics Kazan on the road, 76-83, not beating the odds. Mike James leads the team both in scoring with 16.8 ppg and in assists made with 4.7 per game.

CSKA won both meetings against Nizhny last season. At home by 9 points and on the road by 17. Nizhny are 5-0 at home, while CSKA are 4-1 on the road. CSKA have both the best offense and best defense in the league. They are third both in assists made and in rebounding.

I’m going to pick Nizhny Novgorod with +13.5 today. While CSKA are still the favorite for the win, the hosts are surely going to force a closer game than that, like they always do. Last time they lost at home by more than 14 was back in 2016/17 season.

CSKA Moscow vs Nizhny Novgorod Prediction: Nizhny Novgorod +13.5 (-108)

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