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Mandatory program. Matches December 1-4

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be six matches of the VTB United League.

December 1, Friday

Time: 19:00 (19:00 Moscow time)
Place: Russia, St. Petersburg, SK Yubileiny Broadcasts: Match! OUR SPORT
Zenith: After the triumphant victory over Khimki, not all Zenit players went to rest – for example, Kyle Kuric made his debut in the Slovakian national team, and Sergey Karasev became the leader of our team in the victorious duel with Belgium. But this can become the Achilles' heel of St. Petersburg: they sent five players to the national teams, in fact, half a team. Vasily Karasev complained that his team had one full training day left – unlike the fresh Enisey, which had a week for full training.
Yenisei: A good chance for the Krasnoyarsk players is to turn their own weapons against the hosts, that is, high-speed basketball with breakthroughs under the basket. If Yenisey fails to outrun tired rivals, the guests will face serious difficulties – it will not be easy to shoot them, given that Yenisey is still in last place in the League both in terms of long-range shots and assists. In the collective game, the Krasnoyarsk team is significantly inferior to their St. Petersburg counterparts – 12.8 assists per match against 19.5.

December 2, Saturday

Time: 14:00 (13:00 UK)
Place: Russia, Saratov, DC Crystal Broadcasts: Match! OUR SPORT
Avtodor: Saratov Sports Palace Crystal hosts the Volga derby. The match between the two teams so focused on the attack should turn out to be effective – as, for example, last season, when the Nizhny Novgorod team scored 110 points to the enemy. True, the positions of the Saratovites now look more solid. The very first meeting in the rank of Avtodor's mentor for Yevgeny Pashutin was victorious, and the coach himself, after the game with Tsmoki, noted that the main intermediate result for the team was to gain psychological confidence after a series of defeats.
Nizhny Novgorod: Nizhny's major victory over Kalev in the last round not only caused another coaching resignation this season (Alara Varraka was replaced by Donaldas Kairis in the Estonian club), but also helped the Volga players to be in the top eight. Nizhny attacked with a very high percentage against the Tallinners (64), and Jacob Odum's debut turned out to be very successful – good statistics and several bright moments. Of course, all this does not yet cancel the problem areas of Zoran Lukich's team – for example, a weak rebounding game (however, Avtodor is even worse in this component – both Volga teams occupy the last places even with such masters of wrestling under the shield as Coty Clark and Stefan Yelovac).

Time: 16:00 (16:00 Moscow time)
Place: Russia, Krasnodar, Basket Hall Broadcasts: League website
Lokomotiv Kuban: Last week, Loko delegated a mass landing to the Russian national team – five players at once (Pavel Antipov did not make it to the final application, but trained with the team), which, of course, should have affected the training of railway workers. Perhaps this is the only serious argument in favor of Tsmoki-Minsk. Lokomotiv is the best defensive team in the League when playing at home (70.3 points). But for their rivals, things are not so smooth on the road: Tsmoki is the only team that scores less than 70 points on the road (and much less – 66.5).
Tsmoki-Minsk: In face-to-face fights with the Kuban team, the “dragons” cannot interrupt their 10-match losing streak in any way. However, this is nothing more than an interesting statistic, and right now Minskers are in good shape. Prior to that, they scored 91 points unusual for Nizhny on the road, and in the last round they lost to Avtodor in an incredibly heated match – Saratov survived only thanks to Fraser's game winner, and Tsmoki showed character, bouncing back from -14 . Oleksandr Krutikov's team managed to significantly increase the percentage of hits from the field in recent games, but not from the free throw line – Tsmoki are still the last ones here, and this may affect such an opponent as Loko.

December 3, Sunday

Time: 13:00 (13:00 Moscow time)
Place: Russia, Kazan, Basket Hall
Broadcasts: Match TV
UNICS: Kazanians are on the move – both on a purely gaming and on the transfer front. Kostas Kaymakoglu will miss a few more weeks, and Senegalese Maurice Ndour, with experience in the NBA and Real Madrid, is called to compensate for his absence. For Kazan this strengthening is also important because it can automatically give them an advantage over the Khimki front line weakened by injuries. UNICS is already in the top three in offensive rebounding (Khimki is the last in the League), which can give Kazan a lot of second chance points. By the way, in the match against Avtodor, this was one of the keys to victory – 29 of these points out of a total of 89, that is, a third!
Khimki: Troubles rained down on the Moscow Region team – one of the best rebounders of the Euroleague this season, Thomas Robinson, dropped out for several months. It will not be easy for Georgios Bartzokas to replace such an important link. But the match with Bamberg in the Euroleague, which ended in the triumph of Khimki, showed that they still have a lot of reserves. Finally returned after a long absence Tyler Honeycutt, entered the game as if there was no break. And Marko Todorovich will try to compensate for the loss of T-Rob under the shields.

Time: 17:30 (15:30 Moscow time)
Place: Russia, Perm, UDS Molot
Broadcasts: League website
PARMA: The Ural team is still continuing the tradition of last season – even if it loses matches, it makes the rivals give it their all.However, the latest results, when the Permians powerfully “butted” with the grads, give reasons to suggest that “Parma” is not going to delay with his second victory in the season. This time, the opponent of a similar class will come into the UDS “Hammer” – and according to most statistical indicators, the squad of Nikolai Mazurs surpasses opponents. A noticeable role should be played by young Ivan Ukhov, probably inspired by a recent challenge to the national team.
VEF: Nevertheless, Riga has something to answer the owners. For example, attacks from due to arc are the accuracy of distant throws at the WEF impressive, while Parma is in this parameter at the bottom of the table (38.5% versus 31.3). In the calendar pause, the team’s leadership did not waste time, strengthening Baccort with the signing of Sniper Corey Hawkins – by the way, the son of a famous Sitper Sitter Herssey Hawkins.

December 4, Monday

Time: 19:30 Moscow time)
Place: Russia, Moscow, USK CSKA
Broadcasts: League website
CSKA: The calendar among Muscovites is traditionally difficult. They will accept guests from Tallinn just three days after the fight with Barcelona in the Eurig – the Catalans do not promise anyone with an easy life. Nevertheless, CSKA is unlikely to have reasons to seriously fear for the outcome of the game against Kalev-in the 8-match story of their confrontations, the Tallins lost all 8 times with an average difference in the region of 30 points. The depths of the army composition are evidenced by the fact that a week earlier CSKA calmly dealt with the “unique” without three players called to the national team (Mikhail Kulagin, Vitaly Fridson and Semyon Antonov).
Kalev: Meanwhile, in the Estonian team – radical personnel permutations. The place of Alara Varrak, who led Kalev for 5 years, was taken by Donaldas Kairis, in whose portfolio – work in the structure of the strongest Russian clubs. In addition, the Lithuanian specialist in the 2013/14 season headed TsMoki-Minsk. This happened against the backdrop of the weak start of the Tallinans in the championship: even the suffered victory over Astana, where the azeiya Brisco star was brightly lit up until they helped them get out of the basement of the standings.