Russian VTB United League CSKA Moscow vs Tsmoki Minsk 9/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews
Tsmoki Minsk are hosting the defending champions CSKA Moscow at the Minsk Arena in Minsk on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 12:30 ET in this Russian VTB United League first rounder. Minsk were by far the worse team of the league last year, winning just three times in the whole season. On the other hand, CSKA Moscow had a hard time in the regular season but managed to be crowned champions once again.
Tsmoki Minsk finished the regular season with a 3-21 record and were last in the league. In their last game they ended a 13-game losing streak by winning Astana on the road with a 74-109 score. They had an impressively good offensive performance, making 67.6% of their shots from the paint and 48.4% from downtown. Kris Clyburn led all scorers with 33 points, making 6 of his 7 triples. He also added 5 rebounds, while Benjamin-Pavel Dudu added 20 points with 5 triples, 3 rebounds and 5 assists.
Timofey Porolev led the team in scoring last season with 14 ppg, adding 6.2 rebounds per game. Kris Clyburn added 13.9 ppg and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Tsmoki Minsk had the worse offense in the league with 72.8 ppg and allowed 85.7 ppg defensively. They had the worse percentages both in field goals with 43.5% and in 3-pointers with 33.7%.
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CSKA Moscow finished the regular season with a 17-7 record and were fourth in the league. They eliminated Nizhny Novgorod in the opening round with 2-1 wins, Zenit Petersburg in the semifinals with 3-1 and Unics Kazan in the league Finals with 3-0. In their last game they defeated Unics at home with an 89-81 score and were crowned champions. They shot with 63.6% from inside the arc and had three players with 17+ points. Tornike Shengelia led the way with 19 points, adding a team-high 7 rebounds. Will Clyburn followed with 18 points, 3 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists.
Mike James led the team both in scoring last season with 14.7 ppg and in assists made with 3.9 per game. Will Clyburn added 13.9 ppg and 3.5 rebounds per game.
CSKA Moscow had the best offense in the league with 90.2 ppg and the third-best defense, allowing 77 ppg. They had the third-best field goal percentage with 49% and the second-best 3-point percentage with 39.2%.
CSKA Moscow won both meetings against Minsk last season. At home with a 101-67 score and on the road with 60-87. Minsk have never won against CSKA in their 22 total meetings in the league. They had a 2-12 home record last year, while CSKA were 9-3 on the road. CSKA won by an average of 30.5 points last year so it’s safe to say that they will win by more than 24 today and beat the odds.
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Russian VTB United League 09-23-2021 CSKA Moscow vs Tsmoki Minsk Picks Predictions Previews
Time: 12:30 ET
Location: Minsk Arena in Minsk, Russia
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Russian VTB United League Odds/Point Spread: Tsmoki Minsk +23.5
Russian VTB United League Totals: +166