CSKA vs. Zenit Prediction, Tips & Odds – May 30, 2022 19:00 CET
CSKA is only one win away from winning the VTB League for the tenth time in a row and they will do everything they can to celebrate in front of their fans.
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After two very convincing wins in Moscow, CSKA was defeated in the third game in Saint Petersburg by Zenit, and in the fourth match, two overtimes were played, after which CSKA pulled out a triumph. Now, just one more win separates them from winning the VTB United League. If they win, it will be the tenth consecutive title for them in this competition. Immediately after the end of the season, big changes will follow in this club. Russian teams won’t be allowed to participate in European competitions next season, which means a massive exodus from CSKA. Reportedly, Dimitris Itoudis will take over Fenerbahce, and Will Clyburn has agreed all terms with Anadolu Efes. There is also great interest for Nikola Milutinov, and Aleksey Shved could leave the club if he gets a good offer. Despite all the difficulties, CSKA players played seriously and in a professional manner all games in this playoffs. They will probably do everything they can to end the series in game number five and lift the trophy in front of their fans in Moscow.
📸 Кадры четвёртого, сверхэмоционального матча финальной серии 🔥 pic.twitter.com/xUSHgQBsis
— CSKA Moscow (@cskabasket) May 28, 2022
Zenit have been a real hit in European basketball in the previous three seasons. Unexpectedly, they got a wildcard for participating in the Euroleague in 2019, and it turned out to be the right move of this organization. Since the arrival of Xavi Pascual as head coach, Zenit has become competitive for the top positions, and last season only one win separated them from qualifying to the Euroleague final four. This season they were also in a good position until the moment when Russian clubs were expelled from European competitions. Immediately after that, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Mateusz Ponitka left Zenit, and all other foreign players will do the same after the end of this final series. Coach Pascual has a desire to take over Maccabi Tel Aviv, however he has a two-year contract with Zenit and it remains to be seen how that will unfold. Zenit missed their chance in game four in this series and will need a big game in Moscow to maintain their chances of making a big comeback and winning the title for the first time in club history.
👉 Road to Game 5 pic.twitter.com/UyLtgWB3qe
— Basketball club Zenit (@zenitbasket) May 29, 2022
After four games have been played in the VTB League final, CSKA leads 3-1 and they are only one win away from winning the title. In total, these teams have played eight times against each other this season and the overall H2H is 6-2 for CSKA.
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Zenit left on the court everything they had in game number four and they failed to win. CSKA is in a much better position before this game. It is to be expected that the outcome will be similar to the first two games in this final series.
Date and Time: 30.05.2022 19:00 CET
Pick: CSKA -5
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