Meralco Bolts vs. San Miguel Beermen Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 17, 2022 12:00 CET
Meralco and San Miguel lock horns for the seventh time in just two weeks as a part of their PBA Cup playoff semifinal. The Beermen are still wondering how are they even playing this game after the disaster they suffered in game 6. The Bolts on the other hand will look to take advantage of their late rally to finish off the Beermen, whose team will have to find a quick response.
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Meralco Bolts vs. San Miguel Beermen Odds
Spread Odds (+4.5/-4.5): 1.95/1.76
Total Over/Under (189.5): 1.81/1.89
Meralco have made sure this semifinal is as interesting as it can get. They managed to recover from a one-game deficit three times including game 6 which looked more than lost.
With just a couple of minutes remaining, the Beermen thought they had the final in the bag leading by 10 points. As we witnessed many times before in this semifinal, the Bolts somehow found a way back and stunned San Miguel with a late 16-2 run.
It was Aaron Black who woke up for the Bolts after a very poor game 5. He scored Meralco´s last 11 points sparking a huge comeback after his team team was down by as much as 16 points near the end of the first half.
San Miguel Beermen
On the back of a strong regular season record, San Miguel entered the playoffs as the main title favourites. They breezed past Blackwater in round 1 but Meralco have pushed them to the edge. The Beermen were expected to encounter problems in this series but were also expected to progress.
Losing game 6 was definitely not in their plans. They would probably already be in the final if they had one of their main superstars Terrence Romeo in their lineup. San Miguel´s coach revealed he will remain sidelined indefinitely and won´t be able to help his team which could definitely benefit from his presence.
Meralco Bolts vs. San Miguel Beermen Prediction
We had trust in the Beermen last time and they failed us. However, the game shouldn´t have ended as it did so in this decisive game 7 we expect San Miguel to rebound with a strong performance.
This is their series to win after they had the lead three times and blew a 15-point lead in game 6. All of this might affect their team mentally but the Beermen´s roster has plenty of seasoned veterans and proven scorers who can weather the storm.
Prediction: San Miguel Beermen (-4.5)