Meralco Bolts vs. San Miguel Beermen Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 07, 2022 12:30 CET
It was obvious the Meralco Bolts were not going to be pushovers in their PBA Cup semifinal series against San Miguel. After splitting the opening two games, the Beermen are now looking to recover and reassert their dominance in the best-of-seven series.
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Meralco Bolts vs. San Miguel Beermen Odds
Spread Odds (+6.5/-6.5): 1.83
Total Over/Under (193.5): 1.83
Meralco Bolts Team News
With their coach Norman Black back on the sidelines, the Bolts bounced back after losing the initial game. After going down heavily by as much as 24 points(121:97) on Wednesday, Meralco were determined to show a much better face in game 2. They did exactly that in their 99:88 win but it took five players to score in double figures for their team to win.
After the first two games we now know what to expect. The Bolts came away with a win but if they will need almost their entire starting five to produce big numbers and score double-digits to win, then they will be in trouble.
San Miguel Beermen Team News
With their coach back from the USA, Meralco were desperate to win. Their main stars led the charge but it was their substitute center Raymar Jose who made the difference and neutralized San Miguel´s biggest advantage in the paint. His 13 points and 4 rebounds were unexpected and gave his team the needed boost to handle the Beermen´s superior rebounding, but we somehow doubt he will be able to repeat that performance.
The biggest title favourites claim they simply had a bad game 2. The Bolts were not expected to go down without a fight but their win is a product of an unlikely performance from a bench player. The Beermen know the adjustments they have to make as the Bolts will not have the element of surprise this time.
Meralco Bolts vs. San Miguel Beermen Prediction
In a long and grueling playoff series upsets and surprises are always possible. To take down the Beermen twice in just as many days they will need a perfect game from all of their starters including some bench production.
San Miguel are too experienced to allow two similar losses in a row and should be able to win and cover the spread.
Date and time: 07.08.2022 12:30 CET
Prediction: San Miguel Beermen (-6.5)