CSKA Moscow vs Zenit Petersburg Game 1 5/17/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

CSKA Moscow vs Zenit Petersburg Game 1 5/17/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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Zenit Saint Petersburg are hosting the defending champions of CSKA Moscow at the Sibur Arena in Saint Petersburg on Monday, May 17, 2021, at 13:30 ET in the opening game of this Russian VTB United League semifinal. Zenit are coming in red-hot, having lost only once in their previous eight matches. They eliminated Parma Perm in the opening round 2-0 wins, winning by an average of 28 points. CSKA Moscow are 3-1 in their previous four matches and 4-3 in their previous seven. They eliminated Nizhny Novgorod in the quarterfinals 2-1 wins. 

Zenit Petersburg finished the regular season with a 20-4 record and were placed on top of the league. They are coming off a road victory against Parma Perm with a 62-98 score. They shot with a whopping 72.4% from inside the arc and with 57.7% from downtown. They had five players in double digit scoring and seven with 10+ ranking. Alex Poythress led the team with 16 points and 4 rebounds.   

Will Thomas leads the team both in scoring with 12 ppg and in rebounding with 5.8 per game. Austin Hollins adds 11.9 ppg and a team-high 1.3 steals per game. 

Zenit has the best defense in the league, allowing 71 ppg and the fourth-best offense with 84.4 ppg. They have a 56.8% 2-point percentage and a 40.2% 3-point percentage. 

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CSKA Moscow vs Zenit Petersburg Game 1 Predictions 5/17/2021

CSKA Moscow finished the regular season with a 17-7 record and were placed fourth in the league. They are coming off a home victory against Nizhny Novgorod with a 79-75 score, despite their poor shooting, connecting to just 18.8% of their shots from behind the arc. Daniel Hackett led the team with 22 points, adding 4 rebounds and receiving 7 fouls. 

Mike James the team both in scoring with 14.7 ppg and in assists made with 3.9 per game but he moved to the NBA to play with the Brooklyn Nets. Will Clyburn adds 13 ppg.  

CSKA have the second-best offense in the league with 90.9 ppg and the third-best defense, allowing 76.7 ppg. They have a 56.7% 2-point percentage and a 38.2% 3-point percentage.

Both teams are tied 2-2 wins so far this season and are 1-1 in Saint Petersburg. CSKA Moscow are 4-1 in their previous five meetings in Saint Petersburg. Zenit Petersburg have a 13-1 home record, while CSKA Moscow are 8-5 on the road. CSKA Moscow have struggled in the opening round, so I’m going to pick Zenit with -1 today.

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CSKA Moscow vs Zenit Petersburg Game 1 5/17/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 13:30 ET 

Location: Sibur Arena in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Date: Monday, May 17, 2021

TV: –

Russian VTB United League Odds/Point Spread: Zenit Petersburg -1

Russian VTB United League Totals: +156

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