Astana vs. Lokomotiv Kuban. The VTB United League. Preview

On December 10th, Lokomotiv Kuban plays against Astana on the road. Krasnodar takes the third place in the standings with 6 wins in 7 games. Astana takes the ninth place and needs to beat Loko to get to Top-8 of the League.

The Take

Konstantinos Flevarakis’ team is one of the most reliable teams of the competition apart from missed points. Kazakhstan is the second best team of the League (after UNICS) in turnovers – 11.4 (just like CSKA). Astana averages 8.4 steals in a game – the third place of the championship. Astana also misses 80.7 points.

In the previous round, Astana came home after four away games and hammered Enisey with a 17-point advantage. It’s their second win in the season but quite encouraging. Khimki also suffered from the Oriental team at home. Only good luck helped Khimki to win – 72:71.

Lokomotiv Kuban is extending its winning series in all championships. Our team arrived in Astana from Berlin through Moscow. They traveled through three time zones. Nevertheless, Loko intends to win the game. Next week, our team plays against Zenit to take the third place in the standings individually. And Loko mustn’t lose the game in Kazakhstan.

After an important win over Alba, Loko came to Astana in good conditions. Our team averages 68.4 missed points – the best defense of the League (70.7 on the road). Loko averagely scores 94.7 points on the road this season (the second place after Khimki) and steals best in the League – 9.3.

The game takes place on December 10th at 12:00 p.m. Moscow time.

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