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PBA Betting 101: Betting Markets, Live Betting, Best Odds

Get ready to slam dunk into the world with PBA betting in the Philippines, and sprinkle that basketball betting action on your favorite matches. With its thrilling games, top talent, and buzzer-beater moments, the PBA is the ultimate court for high-stakes and fast-paced action. 

In this article, we'll guide you through the three-pointers of the Philippines Basketball Association, including the favorite teams to claim the win in the ongoing Commissioner's Cup, our PBA betting odds, and the betting markets Rivalry offers. 

What is the PBA? 

PBA betting odds

PBA, or the Philippine Basketball Association, is a men's professional basketball league in the Philippines. It has cemented its place in history as one of Asia's oldest professional basketball leagues, founded in 1975 and won by Crispa Redmanizers to claim the inaugural conference title.

From the 2022-2023 season, the PBA is comprised of three tournaments referred to as "conferences": the Philippine Cup (June to September), the Commissioner's Cup (September to January), and the Governor's Cup (January to April). The Commissioner's and Governors' Cups permit the signing of one foreign player, otherwise known as an "import." Meanwhile, the Philippine Cup is exclusive to Filipino players and is considered the most prestigious of the three conferences. 

While each conference features slight variations in its format and rules, the typical structure includes a single-round-robin elimination round followed by playoffs to determine the overall champion of the conference. The achievement of winning all three conferences in a year is known as a "Grand Slam," which has only been accomplished five times by four different teams in the league's history. 

The PBA has since become a huge part of Filipino culture, featuring top basketball talent and a wide fanbase, with millions of viewers tuning in to watch the matches. 

PBA: 23-24 Competing Teams

PBA 23-24 teams

Twelve teams are competing in this year's PBA, with PBA Philippine Cup champions San Miguel Beermen looking to hold onto their crown for a second year running. 

With a shorter season than in previous years, thanks to the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup - there's everything to play for!

  • Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
  • Blackwater Bossing (previously Blackwater Elite)
  • Converge FiberXers
  • Magnolia Hotshots
  • Meralco Bolts
  • NLEX Road Warriors
  • NorthPort Batang Pier
  • Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters
  • Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
  • San Miguel Beermen
  • Terrafirma Dyip
  • TNT Tropang Giga

PBA Predictions: Favorite Teams

San Miguel Beermen competing in PBA

The PBA has produced stiff competition over the years, with several teams rising to become the best. Here are Rivalry's top predictions on the favorite teams to win with our pre-match odds. 

Magnolia Hotshots

The Magnolia Hotshots are currently paving the way in the Commissioner's Cup, storming the leaderboards with an impressive lead. So far this regular season, they have only lost one game, making them a surefire favorite for bookmakers everywhere. 

San Miguel Beermen

The San Miguel Beermen are the most successful team in PBA history, with 28 championships and even a Grand Slam in 1989. They're a fabled name in the world of PBA and ones to keep your eyes on as the tournaments unfold. 

PBA Betting Markets

PBA betting markets

The first thing to do when looking to bet on a PBA match is to discover the available odds. This is a vital part of any bet that you wish to place. It is a numerical indicator of the likelihood of a specific event happening, like which team will win the PBA Philippine Cup in the Finals or a particular matchup. 

Regarding your potential bet, our live odds show you how much can be won when placing your bets. When the odds are higher, you'll make more profit than you would with bets at a betting site with lower odds, although this can be risky. Underdogs have higher odds, as they are less likely to win. For example, if the selection you want to bet on has odds of 2.50 and you bet $10, you stand to win 2.5x your original bet. 

Here are some examples of our betting markets for basketball and PBA games. 

  • Winner (Including Overtime): This betting market is self-explanatory; you can wager on your favorite team to win the match, including if the game runs into overtime. 
  • Totals: This option allows you to hedge your bets on totals over/under for both teams. You can put your big brain to use and predict which team will score the most points. You can also pick which team will have the most points during the 1st half. 
  • Handicap: This final betting market offers the best odds on handicaps, predicting which team will be disadvantaged due to their matchup. 

At Rivalry, we also offer a "Chicken Out" feature. This is a fancy way of saying "Cash Out," allowing you to take back some of your money out of a bet before the market closes. This is perfect if you're live betting and your team is hard-losing. 

Try PBA Commissioner's Cup Betting with Rivalry!

PBA online betting with Rivalry.

In the world of basketball and the PBA, Rivalry is the top dog of all traditional sports and esports betting sites. We bring all the latest betting coverage, the best odds, memes, top-dollar betting markets, and tons more for our users to explore!

Rivalry always aims to have the best odds to pair alongside our live betting, so you never have to miss a second of the action when using our site. Unlike other betting sites that see basketball and the PBA as a cash-grab opportunity, we're dedicated to making basketball betting more fun for all our users!

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