Nizhny Novgorod vs. Lokomotiv Kuban. The VTB United League. Preview

On October 27th, Loko plays against Nizhny Novgorod on the road. Nizhny got several failures at the start of the season. Now the club wants to be back to Top-8 of the VTB League. It will be a hard game for Loko after a nervous match in Croatia.

The Take

Lokomotiv Kuban won two home games against Zenit and VEF in the regular season but lost one away game against UNICS.

The teams who came to Basket Hall let in 90+ points and scored less than 65 points. In the previous round, VEF offered battle in Krasnodar.

Nizhny Novgorod started the season with two defeats. In Round 1, Nizhny was beaten by Kalev on the road. However, they learnt the lesson and did their best to resist CSKA. They failed to win the game against the current champion. It’s not a tragedy! Zoran Lukic said that he’s proud of his team after the game.

Nizhny won only one game at the moment – on the road against Tsmoki Minsk.


Vladimir Dragicevic is the top scorer of the team. However, we don’t consider him the main power of Nizhny. After 19 points in the Kalev game, the forward didn’t show his best in the CSKA game (10 points) and Tsmoki game (8 points).

At the same time, Kendrick Perry is on the up from game to game: 4 points against Kalev, 12 points and 6 assists against CSKA, and 16+5 against Minsk. What can the American guard set against Sasa Obradovic’s defense which is the second defense of the tournament?


In the 2018/2019 season, Loko uses a wide rotation and young players. Two players of the young team have already played for the main team this season: Gerasimov and Platonov.

The only player who hasn’t scored in the VTB United League is Trevor Lacey because he hasn’t played in the tournament yet. The American has recovered from his injury and is playing in EuroCup games. It seems we will see him on the court in Nizhny.


Nizhny Novgorod vs. Lokomotiv Kuban game is held in Nizhny Novgorod on October 27th at 5:00 p.m. Moscow time. 

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