San Miguel Beermen vs. TNT Tropang Giga Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug 21, 2022 12:00 CET
It will be a PBA Cup playoff final most of the fans were hoping for.
The Beermen returned to the All-Filipino final after three years of absence. After winning the PBA Cup for five straight times, they they were out of title contention for a couple of years so the upcoming final is a great opportunity to restore their old dynasty. However, it will not be easy because they will have to take down the reigning champions if they want to reach the summit.
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San Miguel Beermen vs. TNT Tropang Giga Odds
Moneyline Odds: 1.83/1.98
Total Over/Under (195.5): 1.90/1.80
San Miguel Beermen Team News
San Miguel were the undisputed rulers of the PBA from 2014 to 2019 winning five consecutive titles but then fell of the pace. Their team is not what it used to be but coach Leo Austria still has a lot of quality and experience at his disposal with June Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter and Chris Ross leading the team.
The Beermen were very dominant during the regular season stamping their authority on the league. If we had to describe this comeback season with just two words then it would definitely be redemption season. After some stellar basketball, they encountered first problems in the semis vs Meralco but in the end had too much experience and prevailed in a nail-biting seven-game series.
TNT Tropang Giga Team News
While San Miguel were crushing teams and restoring their lost pride and reputation, the defending PBA Cup champions TNT were the only team that was keeping up with them in terms of results. They finished as the regular season runners-up and then needed six games in the semi-final to eliminate Magnolia.
Since the new World Cup qualifying window is about to start, TNT will be without the leadership of their coach Chot Reyes in some of the games. Couple of days ago he announced he will prioritize the national team which means he will miss game 2 and 3.
San Miguel Beermen vs. TNT Tropang Giga Prediction
The odds perfectly describe this game as a classic 50-50 contest. It will be a final we all wanted so there will be no lack of drama and exciting plays. It is extremely difficult to predict the overall winner and the winner of this game 1 so we decided to back the Total Under.
It is the opening game so we expect the teams to be slightly nervous and more defensive-minded than usual; especially TNT after they conceded 115 points from San Miguel and lost by 15+ in the regular season.
Date and time: 21.08.2022 12:00 CET
Prediction: Total Under 195.5