The San Miguel Beermen and the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel will be squaring off in a marquee battle this Sunday between sister teams who are both on a roll of late. Read on for more about this game.
Catch this game live on Sunday, November 6 at 6:45 pm, Manila time.
San Miguel Beermen (3-3)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Chris Ross (questionable)
- SG: CJ Perez
- SF: Marcio Lassiter (questionable)
- PF: Devon Scott
- C: Mo Tautuaa
The Beermen are starting to get into a rhythm. Despite not having Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter in their last game, the Beermen got the job done and edged out the Will Navarro-infused NorthPort Batang Pier, 104-86, for their second win in a row. Import Devon Scott scored 25 points and pulled down 16 boards to lead San Miguel against the Batang Pier. Scott could get more help this time around, as Ross and Lassiter could potentially play Sunday versus the Barangay.
The Beermen are obviously missing the services of Junemar Fajardo, who remains out due to a recent throat surgery, but somehow they are still top four in the PBA with a 110.2 offensive rating. San Miguel is also third with 106.0 points per game. The win over NorthPort was another proof of how excellent San Miguel’s depth is, with the likes of Simon Enciso, Jericho Cruz, and Robbie Herndon all scoring in double figures. The Beermen are 3-1 in the last four meetings with Ginebra.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (4-2)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Scottie Thompson
- SG: Stanley Pringle
- SF: Jamie Malonzo
- PF: Justin Brownlee
- C: Japeth Aguilar
After getting stunned by the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters in a 101-03 loss, Ginebra has gotten back to its winning ways, capturing victories over the Magnolia Hotshots (103–07) and against the Terrafirma Dyip (111-90). That win over the Hotshots says a lot more about Ginebra than the victory against the Dyip, whose games have apparently become a bonus stage for the rest of the league.
Although Ginebra already has two losses this conference, it is also the first team to beat both the top two teams in the PBA right now, the Bay Area Dragons and the Magnolia Chicken Timplados, while also looking dominant in each of those victories. Ginebra’s defense is among the stoutest in the league, allowing just 94.2 points per game and holding teams down to only 41.7 percent shooting from the floor.
Spread: Ginebra (-4.5) covers the spread.
Over/Under: The total (202.0) hits the Under.