PBA: Will Meralco and Magnolia secure a semis spot?

Meralco and Magnolia are looking to secure the last two semi-finals spots on Friday, July 29, 2022, against Ginebra and NLEX.

After Meralco and Magnolia beat Ginebra and NLEX respectively, they are now a win away from clinching the semi-finals of PBA Philippine Cup. However, Ginebra and NLEX will not back down as both will try to force a do-or-die game against their opponents.

Ginebra vs Meralco

These two teams are no longer new with each other as they have met several times in the playoffs, especially during the finals. Ginebra and Meralco already have a history with each other. They met five times in the PBA Governor’s Cup Finals, and all were won by Ginebra. 

Now, Meralco have a twice-to-beat advantage as they were able to win against Ginebra during the Game 1 of their best-of-three series. Meralco has been a stronger team, even without the presence of their head coach because of family matters. Chris Newsome, Aaron Black and Allein Maliksi were the ones stepping up to give Meralco a win. 

Ginebra on the other hand won’t back down and try to live another day with the leadership of Scottie Thompson and LA Tenorio. Just like their battle cry, this team will surely “Never Say Die” and will force a do-or-die game against Meralco.

Prediction:

Ginebra (1.0)
Odds: 0.93

NLEX vs Magnolia

Magnolia’s complete lineup is the key to why they one their first game against NLEX. For the past games, the absence of Paul Lee has affected Magnolia which is why they had a bad start. But the more they were able to complete their lineup, the more they turned their losses to wins. 

NLEX on the other hand is missing the service of star guard Kevin Alas as he sits out because of his hamstring injury. Despite the injury, guys like Tony Semerad, Don Trollano and Calvin Oftana stepped up, but it is just not enough. Surely, NLEX will not give up simply and will do everything so they can enter the semis.

Prediction:

Magnolia (2.5)
Odds: 0.88

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