NLEX Road Warriors vs. TNT KaTropa Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jun. 16, 2022
The PBA Cup defending champions TNT are most probably in for another tight affair as they clash with NLEX this Thursday. Taking into consideration the defending champions are without their best player and still out of rhythm, they have to be content with their current 2-1 record. On the other hand, NLEX split their opening two games after defeating Terrafirma and going down against San Miguel Beermen.
NLEX Road Warriors vs TNT KaTropa Odds
Spread Odds (+3.5/-3.5): 1.83
Total Over (185.5): 1.83
Total Under (185.5): 1.83
TNT KaTropa Team News
The absence of their best scorer Michael Williams hasn´t prevented TNT from grinding out wins at the start. So far they suffered only one upset at the hands of Blackwater and managed to take down the FiberXers and Magnolia in very tight and dramatic contests.
The lack of scoring power has clearly reflected on TNT´s offensive production because the reigning champions are averaging barely 80 points per game. Their defense is keeping them alive and will have to be at a very high level against the Road Warriors if they want to win. NLEX have had huge point swings in both of their games and showed a lot of defensive weaknessess so far. Despite entering the game with an incomplete roster, TNT have all it takes to take advantage of NLEX´s problems and notch another win.
2022 PBA Philippine Cup Games on June 16 – Thursday sa Ynares Center, Antipolo!
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NLEX Road Warriors Team News
The opening two games were a real roller coaster ride for NLEX. In their opener against Terrafirma it was looking grim at the start of the second half with NLEX facing a 16-point deficit. However, they came out of the locker room looking like a completely different team and managed to erase the deficit with a brilliant second half outscoring their opponents 74:55.
After that remarkable comeback, they couldn´t miss against the Beermen in the first half of their second game and even enjoyed a double-digit lead at one point. San Miguel were slowly chipping away their lead and managed to take control in the final quarter winning routinely in the end(100:92).
NLEX´s coach Yeng Guiao predicted a close match but it will be all but close if their key guard Kevin Alas doesn´t adjust to playing with a mask. He suffered a fracture in practice but his team announced he will be in the roster for this game.
FINAL: SMB notches 2nd straight win at NLEX’s expense, 100-92.
— PBA (@pbaconnect) June 10, 2022
NLEX Road Warriors vs TNT KaTropa Prediction
NLEX have been conceding more than a 100 points per game so far which means their chances will be extremely limited if they don´t step up defensively. TNT is a true championship team winning games without one of their best players and it is obvious they will once again look to slow the game down and turn into a scrappy affair as much as possible.
Prediction: Total Under 185.5
Date and time: 16.06.2022 11:15 CET
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