San Miguel Beermen vs. Meralco Bolts Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 14, 2022 10:30 CET
The Meralco Bolts refuse to go down against San Miguel. This playoff semi-final of the PBA Cup was expected to be tight with the Beermen just edging the Bolts. That is exactly what happened yesterday as San Miguel managed to win game 5 and took a decisive 3:2 lead.
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San Miguel Beermen vs. Meralco Bolts Odds
Spread Odds (-4.5/+4.5): 1.80/1.90
Total Over/Under (192.5): 1.81/1.89
San Miguel Beermen Team News
It has been a back and forth type of series but the Beermen have been able to stay in control. In yesterday´s pivotal game 5 the Beermen went on a 9-0 run at the very end which won them the game(89:78). The main title favourites responded well in the clutch after the beating they suffered in game 4 with their roster depth making the difference.
Whenever San Miguel was lacking bench production they immediately encountered problems. The key in this semi-final has been their long rotation so when only their starting five is scoring, the Bolts manage to keep up.
Meralco Bolts Team News
After losing crucial game 5, Meralco will be hoping for a repeat of the 2019 PBA Cup quarter-final when the Beermen blew a similar advantage. It will be much harder to take down the favourites this time but the Bolts seem to find a way to recover every time.
This Saturday we feel that will not be the case. The Beermen are looking to finally inflict the decisive blow after their comeback win yesterday and a fantastic third quarter which they won by almost 15 points.
The momentum is on San Miguel´s side and the only thing the Bolts can hope for is psychology and the fact they managed to come back from behind and tie the series twice.
San Miguel Beermen vs. Meralco Bolts Prediction
As usual Black, Hodge and Maliksi will be running the show for Meralco, while the Beermen will be relying on their veteran center Fajardo and CJ Perez who bailed them out in the previous game. With eveything we have seen so far, we think the time has come for San Miguel to win two consecutive games and secure a spot in the final.
The Bolts haven´t faced a do-or-die game in this series and the pressure of elimination should get to them.
Date and time: 14.08.2022 10:30 CET
Prediction: San Miguel Beermen (-4.5)