Two squads on opposite trajectories face off in the 7th round of the Russian VTB United League. The struggling Tsmoki Minsk (1-2), who have lost both games after winning the season opener, are hosting Avtodor Saratov (2-2), who on the other hand have won two straight.
Date/Time: 11-07-2020, 05:00 EDT
Spread: Tsmoki Minsk 0 Total: +167.5
Tsmoki Minsk have a 1-2 record and are sitting in the 10th place. They have back-to-back losses. In their last game they lost on the road by Zielona Gora, 89-75. They were a 10-point underdog and failed to beat the odds.
Kris Clyburn leads the team in scoring with 19.7 ppg, adding 4.3 rebounds per game.
Saratov have a 2-2 record and are sitting in the 7th place. They have back-to-back wins. In their last game they won Khimki at home, 85-82. They were a 11.5-point underdog and managed to cover the spread.
Nate Mason leads the team both in scoring with 19.3 ppg and assists made with 4.5 per game.
In their two meetings last season, each team won once at home.
Tsmoki Minsk by 8 points and Saratov by 3.
Minsk are 1-0 at home, while Saratov are 1-1 on the road.
Saratov are better both offensively (82 to 78 ppg) and defensively (90 to 91.3 ppg).
Minsk have the third-worse offense and defense in the league.
Saratov have better percentages both in field goals (46.4% to 45.3%) and in 3-pointers (45.5% to 33.3%).
They are better both in rebounding (33.2 to 27) and in turnovers committed (14.5 to 15.3).
On the other hand, Minsk are only better in assists made (19.7 to 14.5).
Bookmakers give a 0 spread for this game. Expect Saratov to beat the odds. They are coming in hot and have been playing much better so far this season.
Saratov vs Tsmoki Minsk Prediction: Saratov 0 (-118)