After three months of repeated postponing due to the resurgence of COVID-19, the wait is finally over. The Philippines Basketball Association will be hosting its 46th season, beginning tomorrow July 16th. Events will kick off at the Ynares Sports Arena with an opening ceremony, followed by three games.
COVID Complications to Overcome
Because the PBA missed three months’ worth of games, the season will be condensed in many ways, one of which is by hosting tripleheaders four days a week.
Furthermore, players must adhere to the restrictions of the league’s “closed-circuit bubble.” The bubble is only one of several preventative measures being taken against the country’s new wave of infections. All individuals involved in the PBA conferences will be tested for COVID every 10 days.
The Ynares Sports Arena will not be hosting a live audience for the first conference of the season. However, this decision was made in hopes of inviting spectators to view the second conference in person.
New (and Old) Names in the Game
This season is certainly one to watch as “The Kraken,” June Mar Fajardo, makes his return to the court. As one of the Philippines’ most beloved basketball players, his injury-related absence in the PBA’s 45th season left fans curious as to whether he would come back to the San Miguel Beermen.
While Fajardo will need some time to acclimate and re-build chemistry with his teammates, there’s no doubt that he will enter the tournament with a fiery might and determination. But the Beermen are not the only ones to keep an eye out for this season.
The Magnolia Hotshots will be without their star defender, Marc Pingris. Nonetheless, the Hotshots do not expect any drastic change to their gameplay as they enter the tournament. Following the exit of Pingris, entered Calvin Abueva.
Abueva also referred to as “The Beast,” has demonstrated his ability to play the entire court, excelling in both offensive and defensive roles. However, his first PBA game with the team will be against his prior squad, the Phoenix Fuel Masters.
Ultimately, it will be interesting to see how Abueva holds up in this face-off, as it could be an indicator of how the rest of the season will go.
How to Bet on the Philippine Cup
The PBA’s 46th season will be especially exciting for bettors from all over. While there are several national favorites expected to excel in the tournament, there are many variables that could shift the game’s momentum.
Offshore betting lines are officially live for the PBA season. Our website is filled with reviews and resources to help you shop the odds and pick out a suitable sportsbook. Take a look and maybe place a bet while you’re at it!
2021 Philippines Cup Odds – Opening Day
- Alaska Aces -256 vs. Blackwater Bossing +224
- Spread: Alaska Aces -6.5
- O/U: 184.5 points
- Rain or Shine Elasto Painters +129 vs. Nlex Road Warriors -141
- Spread: Nlex Road Warriors -2.5
- Over/Under: 183.5 points
- Meralco Bolts -217 vs. NorthPort Batang Pier +192
- Spread: Meralco Bolts -5.5
- Over/Under: 183.5 points
Odds Available at 22bet Sportsbook