Philippines vs. Saudi Arabia Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug 29, 2022 13:00 CET
A stacked Gilas team came to Lebanon to redeem itself after all the recent failures but couldn´t get the job done. They will get a new chance this Monday and it will be in front their home fans as they welcome Saudi Arabia at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
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Philippines vs. Saudi Arabia Odds
Spread Odds (-20.5/+20.5): 1.82/1.83
Total Over/Under (154.5): 1.83
Philippines Team News
As the hosts, the Philippines are already qualified for the 2023 FIBA World Cup. With all the problems they have been facing recently, it´s a good thing they are automatically qualified.
A combination of college-based rosters with a couple of overseas players and without any import firepower was not working out. The association finally decided to go all out in this window by inviting Jordan Clarkson and numerous PBA standouts.
The Philippines came to Lebanon with high hopes and received an unexpected boost just days before the game when Lebanon´s key scorer Sergio El Darwich got injured during practice. However, it still wasn´t enough as Gilas suffered a narrow 85:81 loss.
Saudi Arabia Team News
The much-improved Saudi Arabia started raising a lot of eyebrows with their performances last year but then entered a slump which still hasn´t ended. The main reason for their huge drop of form was the injury of their starting center and key rebounder Mohammed Alsuwailem.
The leader of their frontcourt has been gone for some time now. Without his presence they are not the same team and it has been reflecting on their results. In the last FIBA window they were struggling against Indonesia and then suffered a heavy loss against Lebanon. They were winless in the Asia Cup and continued with their subpar performances couple of days ago when they got hammered by New Zealand.
Philippines vs. Saudi Arabia Prediction
Since the Philippines are already qualified, they can afford to field a completely different squad. They have a pool of 24 players for this window so the coaching staff decided to give a chance to some players who were cut from the team that travelled to Lebanon. Almost all of them are from the PBA so the overall quality of their roster should more or less stay at the same level.
All in all, Gilas are in desperate need of a win and a good performance. Today´s home game against the undermanned Saudi Arabia is a perfect opportunity to finally make a statement in front of their fans so we will back the hosts to cover the spread.
Date and time: 29.08.2022 13:00 CET
Prediction: Handiсap Philippines (-20.5)