|NorthPort will open another week of PBA action against TNT. PBA Images (file photo)|
MANILA--Finally! They're all here!
For the first time since moving to Bacolor, all the 12 member teams of the PBA will be in action this week as the elimination round of the season-opening Philippine Cup is nearing its homestretch.
The week kicks off with a Wednesday doubleheader that will see TNT taking on NorthPort at 3 p.m. and Phoenix battling Ginebra at 6 p.m.
The games have contrasting tales as both the Tropang Giga and the Batang Pier have been surging, while the Fuel Masters and the Gin Kings are looking to stay alive in playoff contention.
On Thursday, Meralco will return to action, facing Terrafirma at 2 p.m. followed by the 4:35 p.m. match-up between Blackwater and NLEX.
Despite missing last week's action due to the PBA's health and safety protocols, the Bolts remained in second place at 5-2 just behind the 8-1 Tropang Giga as the other teams chasing a Top 2 finish in the eliminations could not capitalize on their absence.
Meanwhile, the Bossing, already out of playoff contention, are still looking for their first win even as they want to end an infamous run that saw them tie the Gin Kings for the second longest losing streak in PBA history.
But up next for them are the Road Warriors, a team also eyeing survival like the Gin Kings and the Fuel Masters.
On Friday, Alaska, the other team absent from last week, will swing back into action, headlining a Friday triple-header against Ginebra at 6 p.m.
Like the Gin Kings, the Aces are in the hunt of making the quarterfinals.
But with only six matches played so far, Alaska, currently at 2-4, can dictate its fate on even making the Top 6, which could keep them out of the dreaded one-miss-you're-out disadvantage come the quarterfinals.
Before that, NorthPort takes on Magnolia at 12:30 p.m. and San Miguel battles Phoenix at 3 p.m.
Both the Hotshots and the Beermen are looking to keep their Top 2 hopes alive after missing out on being solely in that position last week.
On Saturday, Meralco takes on Blackwater at 2 p.m. in their first meeting since the Mac Belo-Baser Amer trade.
The main game will see Alaska battling TNT at 4:35 p.m.
On Sunday, Rain Or Shine plays its only game of the matchweek against NorthPort at 2 p.m.
The Elasto Painters look to close out its elimination round campaign on a high note even as they try to lock in a Top 6 spot.
At 4:35 p.m., Magnolia battles SMB, and at 7 p.m., Alaska caps a three-night stretch against Terrafirma.
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