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Russian VTB United League Astana vs Zenit Petersburg 10/3/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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Zenit Saint Petersburg are hosting BK Astana at the Sibur Arena Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg on Sunday, October 3, 2021, at 12:00 ET in this Russian VTB United League matchup. Zenit had an impressive run in the regular season last year, finishing on the first place, but they got eliminated in the semifinals. On the other hand, Astana were one of the worse teams of the league and are looking to do better this year. 

 

Zenit have a 1-0 record so far this season and are tied with Unics Kazan in the second place of the league. They are coming off a home victory against Kalev/Cramo with a 75-60 score. They played stellar defense in the paint, allowing their opponents to shoot with just 31.3%, while shooting with 60.7% themselves. Jordan Mickey led all scorers with 27 points, making 5-6 triples. He also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, while Arturas Gudaitis added 11 points and 7 boards. 

 

Mickey leads the team both in scoring with 27 points and in rebounding with 10 per game. Gudaitis follows with 11 ppg and 7 rebounds per game. 

 

Zenit have the fourth-best offense in the league with 75 ppg and the second-best defense, allowing 60 ppg. They have the second-best percentages both in field goals with 50.9% and in 3-pointers with 40.7%. 

 

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Russian VTB United League Astana vs Zenit Petersburg Predictions 10/3/2021

 

Astana had a 6-18 record last season and were tied with Enisey in the second to last place of the league. They finished last season with a 1-5 record and in their last game they got defeated by Tsmoki Minsk at home with a 74-109 score, even though they shot with 61.3% from the paint. Their opponents shot even better (67.6%) and Jeremiah Hill led Astana with 17 points, adding team-highs both in rebounding with 7 and in assists made with 5.

 

Hill led the team in scoring last season with 15.7 ppg, adding 3.7 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Michael Thompson added 14.2 ppg. 3.9 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists per game. 

 

Astana had the second-worse offense in the league last year with 76.8 ppg and the worse defense, allowing 87.5 ppg. They have the second-worse field goal percentage with 45.1% and a 35.7% 3-point percentage.

 

Zenit won both meetings against Astana last season. At home with an 85-52 score and on the road with 70-77. They are 3-1 in their previous four overall meetings but Astana have won two straight before that. Zenit have won five consecutive home matches against Astana. They had a 11-1 home record last year, while Astana were 4-7 on the road. Zenit are the absolute favorite against an inferior Astana team and expect them to beat the odds today. 

 

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Russian VTB United League Astana vs Zenit Petersburg 10/3/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 12:00 ET 

 

Location: Sibur Arena Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia

 

Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021

 

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Russian VTB United League Odds/Point Spread: Zenit Petersburg -16.5

 

Russian VTB United League Totals: +153.5

 

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