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CSKA vs. Zenit Prediction, Tips & Odds – May 20, 2022 19:00 CET
CSKA and Zenit have been expelled from Europe and almost certainly won’t play in the Euroleague next season. They will play against each other for the trophy in VTB United League, and after that, the future is uncertain for both clubs.
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CSKA Moscow won the semifinal series against Lokomotiv Kuban without many problems and after four games they secured a place in the VTB United League finals. A few days ago, the first man of the club Andrey Vatutin said that he hopes that CSKA will play in the Euroleague next season, but the reality is quite different. It is certain that this will not be the case, which means that the future is uncertain for this club, as it is for every sports team in Russia. After the horrific events in Ukraine, Daniel Hackett, Marius Grigonis, Toko Shengelia, Gabriel Lundberg and Johannes Voigtmann left the team. Nikola Milutinov, Will Clyburn, and Allerik Freeman stayed in Moscow, while Jonas Jerebko and Casper Ware were subsequently signed. CSKA has won the title in the last nine seasons in the VTB United League and regardless of all the events, they will try to end this year in a good way, and then over the summer dedicate themselves to what is to come. Head coach Dimitris Itoudis will also leave the club, and according to media reports, he will lead Fenerbahce next season.
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— CSKA Moscow (@cskabasket) May 18, 2022
Unlike CSKA, Zenit managed to keep almost all their players after the situation in Ukraine. Mateusz Ponitka and Mindaugas Kuzminskas are the only two players who left Saint Petersburg, while Billy Baron, Jordan Loyd, Alex Poythress, Jordan Mickey, and Tyson Carter remained at the club, and Eric Buckner was also brought in. All of the mentioned players will almost certainly leave Zenit at the end of this playoffs, as will head coach Xavi Pascual who is very close to become the next head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv. Zenit’s adventure in the Euroleague lasted almost three seasons and they left a great impression, so it remains to be seen whether they will ever be on the basketball map again in the future when Russian clubs are given the opportunity to participate in European competitions again. Like CSKA, they will try to finish the season in the best possible way, and that would be winning the trophy in the VTB League. In the semifinal series against Unics, Zenit won 3-1 after losing the first game and now they want to start this series better than the previous one.
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— Basketball club Zenit (@zenitbasket) May 19, 2022
Four times so far this season CSKA and Zenit have played against each other and H2H is 3-1 in favor of CSKA. They had their last clash on March 14 in Moscow, when it was 79:78 for the home team.
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CSKA vs. Zenit Prediction
The three best players on the court will be Shved, Clyburn and Milutinov and all three play for CSKA, but Zenit has more players in rotation and much better defense, which could be crucial in this series. Overall, Zenit is perhaps the better team at the moment and a five-point handicap is value.
Date and Time: 20.05.2022 19:00 CET
Pick: Zenit +5
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