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Saudi Arabia vs. Philippines Prediction, Tips & Odds – Nov. 13, 2022 17:00 CET
Gilas Pilipinas will be looking to end their two-game road trip in the Middle East on a high note when they take on Saudi Arabia at King Abdullah Sports City this Sunday.
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Saudi Arabia Team News
Their recent unsuccessful FIBA Asia Cup campaign combined with underwhelming results against higher-ranked teams resulted with Saudi Arabia finally making some much-needed changes.
New foundation was laid by appointing Dutch expert Johan Roijakkers as the new head coach. He immediately started retooling the team by introducing a couple of fresh faces, but decided to keep the backbone of the roster intact.
Saudis are still missing their starting center and best rebounder due to a longterm injury, but their 85:54 debut win under their new coach against India should give them the confidence to defy a much stronger Filipino side.
Philippines Team News
It seems believing in the process is finally paying off for the Philippines. After a long time, Gilas managed to take down a higher-ranked team in the FIBA standings last Thursday with prospect Kai Sotto leading the charge with a breakout game.
Gilas badly needed a win against an established team on the continent. Jordan were perfect for that away from home as their tall and slow lineup simply couldn´t keep the quick and agile Filipino guards off the offensive glass. When we couple that with one of Jordan´s worst ever shooting displays in history, Gilas came away with a massive road win in a surprisingly low-scoring affair.
Saudi Arabia vs. Philippines Prediction
The Saudis are a class below Jordan and should have difficulties keeping pace with the Philippines throughout the entire 40 minutes. The hosts have just started rebuilding and have a long way ahead of them before they become competitive against the top teams.
However, the 15-point spread seems about right and has no value in our opinion. On the other hand, the Total Under looks very healthy as Chot Reyes has been emphasizing defense before and after the clash against Jordan despite being known for advocating small ball basketball.
Kick-off time: Sunday, 13.11.2022 17:00 CET
Prediction: Total Under 149.5