Date/Time: 05-27-2018, 13:00 EDT
Spread: Khimki M. -6
In game 3 of this Russian VTB United League semifinal, the third-seeded Khimki Moscow Region (20-6), after making the break in game 2 thus stealing the home court advantage and tying the series 1-1 wins, they are now hosting the second-seeded Unics Kazan (21-5), who are looking to bounce back and avoid a potentially disastrous third defeat in the series.
Khimki finished the regular season with a 20-6 record and were placed 3rd in the league. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won on the road against Unics Kazan in game 2 with a 103-98 score. They are led in scoring by Alexey Shved with 23.4 ppg, adding a team high 6.8 dimes per game. He is followed by Janis Timma with 15.5 ppg, while Jordan Mickey adds 15.3 ppg and a team high 6.4 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersUnics Kazan finished the regular season with a 21-5 and were placed 2nd in the league. In their last game they saw a six-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against Khimki in game 2 with a 98-103 score, eliminating them. They are led in scoring by Errick McCollum with 14.3 ppg, while Raymar Morgan adds 13.3 ppg. Jamar Smith follows with 13.2 ppg and 3.2 dimes per game.
In their four previous meetings so far this season both teams are tied 2-2 wins with Khimki having won the previous home game by 13 points. Khimki are 12-3 at home, while Unics are 11-3 on the road. Khimki are better offensively, scoring 85.8 ppg to Unics’ 84.2 ppg, while Unics are better defensively, allowing 74.8 ppg to Khimki’s 75.9. Unics have better percentages both in field goals (48.7% to 47.8%) and in 3-pointers (39.8% to 37%). Khimki are better both in boards grabbed (31.9 to 31.3) and in dimes made (21.2 to 18.7), while Unics are better in turnovers committed (11.2 to 13.2). Bookmakers give Khimki a -6 spread and expect them to beat the odds for another easy home victory this season.
Unics Kazan vs Khimki M. Game 3 Prediction: Khimki M. -6 (-113)