NorthPort Batang Pier vs. Meralco Bolts Prediction, Tips & Odds – Sep 30, 2022 11:45 CET
PBA Commissioner´s Cup action continues this Friday with two interesting fixtures. The Meralco Bolts finally get their season underway at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City, as they collide with NorthPort Batang Pier.
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NorthPort Batang Pier vs. Meralco Bolts Odds
Spread Odds (+4.5/-4.5): 1.90/1.90
Total Over/Under (189.5): 1.90/1.90
NorthPort Batang Pier Team News
Despite splitting their initial two games, NorthPort can be more than satisfied with their PBA Commissioner´s Cup start. Led by their old import and proven scorer Prince Ibeh, they carved out an important victory in their opener, recovering from a 20-point deficit against the Phoenix Fuel Masters.
Ahead of their second contest against the powerful Bay Area Dragons, majority of the people wrote them off before the game even started. They had their own plans as they managed to stay close all the way until the end, suffering a narrow 105:104 defeat.
Meralco Bolts Team News
The Meralco Bolts will be looking to build on their strong performances in the recent Governors´ and PBA Cup. Their All-Filipino class got all the way to the playoff semi-finals in the recent PBA Cup, where they were taken down by the Beermen in a grueling 7-game series.
Hoping for another successful campaign, head coach Norman Black decided to add former NBA player and All-American Johnny O´Bryant to his talented domestic core. The 206 cm center was brought in to stabilize Meralco´s frontcourt, which has been their main weakness recently.
NorthPort Batang Pier vs. Meralco Bolts Prediction
The loss of one of their main stars Jamie Malonzo hasn´t been reflecting on Batang Pier´s results so far. Many players have stepped up including one of the players they received in the trade from Ginebra, Arvin Tolentino, who has been averaging 19 ppg.
Meralco usually have the upper hand when they clash with NorthPort, but in the last Commissioner´s Cup Batang Pier narrowly won by 1 point. They had the same import leading them two years ago, so we decided to back them to cover the spread.
Date and time: 30.09.2022 11:45 CET
Prediction: Handiсap NorthPort Batang Pier (+4.5)