Crvena zvezda vs Khimki (By: FairPlayBet)

Euroleague, Round 18

Crvena zvezda will host Russian team Khimki. Two sides who are both aiming top 8. Currently exactly Khimki is tied on those last two positions that leads into playoffs, with 9-8 overall record. But Crvena zvezda is not far away, 11th right now with 7-10 overall record.

Both teams are coming into this game after defeats on Day 17. Back then Khimki suffered easy loss at home from Real Madrid while Serbian team was not able to steal road victory away in Istanbul against Efes.

But I believe Zvezda can get back on winning track today. There are reasons for me to trust them here. Firstly, Khimki is not so good on the road as they are at home. As a matter fact, the Russian team is in obvious decline of form and now they have started to lose games also at home. From a team who just recently had perfect home record, Khimki now has even three defeats at home while on the road as I already said, this team was modest entire season.

Furthermore, too many depends in their team on one player. It's if course Alexey Shved I am talking about. No doubt great player but it's big question how much he is useful for the team. You get impression sometimes he brings more damage than contribution. Even when things are not working well, he will continue to take field goals one after another. BTW, over points on him that's why is also probably winning bet.

In any case, IMO Zvezda should not be worried about Shved. He will reach his numbers but that means nothing. Against Real Shved again scored a lot but Khimki easily lost the game.

As for Zvezda roster, things are looking pretty good. They have been pretty weakened in Istanbul the last time. The most experienced Pero Antic in last moment was dropped from roster back then. Dobric also was out. But the Antic absence was crucial. Still, Antic will play today. He was in the team in last game, in ABA at home vs Cedevita and played around 15 minutes.

I was talking earlier about some tough spots for Crvena zvezda due to difficult schedule. That's why I have had plenty winning bets against them. Today they are again with only one day rest. But, there is clear difference this time, difference because of which I'm not worried about betting on Zvezda this time. Namely, Zvezda played at home the mentioned game vs Cedevita. So no traveling for them these days plus very important, Zvezda trashed Cedevita really easily. Final 82:66 does not show what was going on. Namely, 10:26 was the final quarter, so huge +32 was at the end of third period, it was in fact even bigger points difference at one moment. So, the players did not waist energy, most of the main guys have been on bench late in the game.

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Crvena zvezda vs Khimki prediction

Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
CZ money line Pinnacle 1.78 8 70-79 LOST (-8 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
+2 -4
Comments (3)
Khimki's GM visited the locker room and had a meeting with the players ( a week ago i think). He told them the board was upset with their latest performances since they have a very expensive roster etc.
Finaly he fined them, 50% pay cut on this month's wages for the whole roster + everyone at club, even janitors!! Sh...t got real for them lol... you should be careful here
01/16/2018 - 15:10
Yea, i saw how good reaction from the players was in game vs Real. lol
01/16/2018 - 16:03
Hehehe. ok Real is Real..
''According to Eurohoops sources, Pavel Astakhov, Khimkis GM, visited the teams lockers and apologized for the fine issue that popped up in the previous days and also about the choice of his words'' I just find this one, so i am sorry guys, obviously fine no longer exists..
Good luck
01/16/2018 - 16:37
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