In the 23rd round of action the Russian VTB United League, two teams sitting on opposite sides of the league table are clashing, when Zenit St. Petersburg (13-5) are hosting BC Kalev Cramo (6-16), who are second to last but still have chances for the playoffs. The game takes place at Triumph Sports Palace in the city of Lyubertsy on Monday, April 16th 2018. Russian VTB League BC Kalev Cramo vs Zenit Petersburg Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 04-16-2018, 13:00 EDT
Spread: Zenit Petersburg -13.5
Zenit Petersburg have a 13-5 record so far this season and currently sit on the third place of the league table. They are 2-3 in their last 5 matches. And in their last game they won at home against Lokomotiv Kuban with a 79-78 score. They are led in scoring by Kyle Kuric with 15.7 ppg. Kuric adds 3.2 rebounds per game. He is followed by Sergey Karasev with 14.6 ppg and 3.5 rebounds, while Drew Gordon adds 12.9 ppg and a team high 7.4 rebounds per game.
Kalev Cramo have a 6-16 record so far this season and currently sit on the second to last place of the league table. They have three consecutive losses. In their last game they lost at home against CSKA Moscow with a 95-105 score. They are led in scoring by Isiah Briscoe with 22 ppg. Briscoe adds 4 assists per game. He is followed by Branko Mirkovic with 13.4 ppg and a team high 4.9 assists per game, while Bojan Subotic adds 10.4 ppg and 4.4 rebounds per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Zenit won on the road with an 89-95 score. Last season Zenit won both games against Kalev Cramo (by 16 points at home and by 3 on the road). Zenit are 7-2 at home so far this season, while Kalev Cramo are tied with two more teams for the worst road record with 1-9. Zenit are better both offensively, scoring 84.7 ppg to Kalev Cramo’s 83.9 and defensively, allowing 84.1 ppg to Kalev Cramo’s league-low of 91.3.
Petersburg also have a better field goal percentage (46.2% to 45.1%), while Kalev Cramo have a better 3-point percentage (38.8% to 34.2%). Kalev Cramo are also better in rebounding (31.8 to 29.7), while Zenit are better in assists made (19.1 to 17.6) and in turnovers committed (10.9 to 13.7). Zenit are the favorite for the win despite their recent struggles and bookmakers give them a -13.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as Kalev Cramo will force a closer game than that.
BC Kalev Cramo at Zenit Petersburg Prediction: BC Kalev Cramo +13.5 (-116)
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