CSKA won 10 victories in the Euroleague, Khimki – eight, the Moscow Region club is also included in the first eight teams, which will continue to perform in the quarterfinals. Himchane returned to the main European tournament after one season thanks to reaching the final of the VTB United League. CSKA defeated the competitor in three games, while CSKA defeated the Moscow Region team twice in the regular season.
The strongest Russian club beat Khimki almost two years ago – on December 29, 2015 at the stage of the top 16 Euroleague. Then on the capital arena "Krylatskoye" Khimki won with a score of 91:89, which did not prevent CSKA to enter the quarterfinals from the first place in the group, and then win the tournament. "Khimki" on the additional indicators gave way to the playoffs to the Spanish "Real".
This season CSKA again confidently solves
CSKA after the defeat in Greece
this week in the Euroleague newly scheduled two rounds, so that CSKA and "Khimki" held matches on Wednesday. "Khimki" played in Mytishchi and defeated the outsider – the Turkish "Anadolu Efes" (86:68), while the army team had a very difficult guest game with the Greek "Olympiakos", losing with a score of 86:88. CSKA is a very successful team of the Euroleague with a wide margin, gaining an average of 89 points per game.
In the VTB United League CSKA Moscow is the leader, having won in all nine matches, while Khimki are only in fifth place, having won in the five meetings out of eight. The previous match in the national championship Khimki held on December 10, in overtime with a score of 90:87 defeating Nizhny Novgorod.
Bartsocas on the eve of the match said that the perfect game will give a chance to win, as in the Euroleague there are no unbeaten teams. Against the big clubs, according to the mentor "Khimki", everything is decided by details – rebounds, minimization of losses, ball movement and team play. CSKA head coach Dimitris Itudis stressed that it is very important for his team to be rehabilitated after the defeat in Greece.
The match will be held at USC CSKA, beginning – 20:00 MSK.