In a clash to remain at least tied for second place in Group B, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar hosts Limoges CSP on Wednesday. Lokomotiv won its home opener last week 77-63 against Umana Reyer Venice through strong defense and four scorers in double figures, led by Sam Dekker with 15 points. Limoges also aced its home opener with great defense, 82-61 against Rytas Vilnius. Lokomotiv is undefeated in four previous games against Limoges.
Semaj Christon is off to a dynamite start in his first EuroCup season for Limoges with 20.0 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game. Lokomotiv will turn to veteran playmaker and former EuroCup champ Will Cummings to organize its offense and keep Christon in check. The two guards are key components in their team's plans at both ends and a decisive performance by either player could have a great impact on this game.
Keys to victory: Lokomotiv
It is clear that Lokomotiv's offense has not yet rounded into form. Despite its 81.5 points per game, shooting 46.2% on two-pointers and 37.2% from downtown is not what the Lokomotiv attack was built for. But there are enough strong shooters to raise those numbers in short order. Playing at home, if Lokomotiv can fin its shooting rhythm, it will be in good shape.
Keys to victory: Limoges
Lokomotiv is second in the EuroCup in rebounding (41.5 rpg.) and offensive boards (14.0 orpg.) and Limoges has allowed the third-most offensive rebounds (12.5 orpg.) this season. It is imperative for Limoges that big guys Jerry Boutsiele, Brian Conklin, Atoumane Diagne and Marcus Ginyard close that rebounding gap to have a shot at an upset on the road.