UNICS Kazan vs Crvena Zvezda Belgrade
Date: 10th November 2016
Kick-off: 17:00 CET
Both UNICS Kazan and Crvena Zvezda Belgrade haven’t been doing all too well since the start of the Euroleague and on Thursday afternoon they will try to improve.
UNICS Kazan are in a worse situation compared to their opponents, as the Russian club has been able to win just once since the start of the tournament. Their victory came in their previous game against Fenerbahce, which was undoubtedly the biggest shock throughout the entire fifth round. UNICS were able to grab their win thanks to an impressive run in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, as they turned a five-point deficit into an eight-point advantage.
Crvena Zvezda were able to start the 2016-17 Euroleague looking pretty good and grab two wins in three matches, but they have been awful in their last two games. Dejan Radonjic’s men have fallen to Panathinaikos and Baskonia and their offense was almost non-existent in these clashes. It will be curious to see whether they will be able to snap their two-game losing streak on Thursday.
UNICS Kazan vs Crvena Zvezda Belgrade: Head to head stats
The teams have not met in the Euroleage.
The clubs played four times in the Eurocup for the last two years and both Kazan and Crvena Zvezda have won twice.
Each club has won only at home.
UNICS Kazan vs Crvena Zvezda Belgrade: Prediction
The game on Thursday will most likely be a really close one, as neither squad has the ability to actually dominate throughout the entire four quarters. Crvena Zvezda do have one of the toughest defenses in the Euroleague, but their offense is the lowest-scoring among all teams.
UNICS Kazan don’t fare much better statistically, as they have a pretty potent offense, but allow 84.6 points on average on defense. They will surely rely once more on Keith Langford to be their scoring spark and it’s not without a reason. The guard is averaging 24.8 points per game, which is the most in the entire Euroleague.
Expect UNICS Kazan to have the edge in this game and eventually win, but with a small margin. Zvezda have a good defense, but it’s highly unlikely that they will be able to stop Langford.
UNICS Kazan vs Crvena Zvezda Belgrade: Tips
- Zvezda +7 at 1.90