Date/Time: 04-25-2018, 13:00 EDT
Spread: Khimki M. +4
With the eighth-seeded Khimki (16-14) not being able to steal a single game in Megasport Arena even though they forced two close games, it is their turn now to host the defending Russian champions and top-seeded CSKA Moscow (24-6). They are down 2-0 in the series and are looking to avoid being swept and force a Game 4 at their home court as well.
Khimki had a 16-14 record in the regular season and were tied with Baskonia in the seventh place of the league table but dropped eighth by losing the tie-breaker. They have lost their last five games and in their latest matchup they got defeated in game 2 by CSKA Moscow on the road, 89-84. Alexey Shved leads the team in scoring with 21.2 ppg, adding a team-best 5.2 dimes per game. Anthony Gill follows with 11.6 ppg and 4.5 boards, while Tyler Honeycutt adds 9.9 ppg and 5.4 boards.
Top Basketball BookmakersCSKA Moscow had a 24-5 record in the regular season and finished in the first place of the league. They have won their last nine games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Khimki at home, 89-84. Nando De Colo leads the team in scoring with 16.9 ppg, adding 3.9 dimes per game. Sergio Rodriguez follows with 14.1 ppg and a team-best 4.9 dimes per game, while Cory Higgins adds 13.7 ppg.
Khimki have a 9-6 home record so far this season, while CSKA are 10-5 on the road. CSKA have won all six meetings against Khimki this season. They are 2-0 on the road, having won by an average of 16 points. CSKA Moscow have the best offense in the league, scoring 89.8 ppg to Khimki’s 78., while Khimki are better defensively, allowing a 79.1 ppg to CSKA Moscow’s 80.2. CSKA Moscow have the top accuracy both from inside the arc with 56.3% to Khimki’s 52.5% and from outside the arc with 42.3% to Khimki’s 36.1%. CSKA Moscow grab more rebounds (32.9 to 32.4) and commit less turnovers (11.3 to 11.7) while both teams are very close in assists (18.2 and 18.1). Khimki has force two very close games on the road and with their backs against the wall they will get away with the home win one way or another.
CSKA Moscow vs Khimki M. Game 3 Prediction: Khimki M. +4 (-108)