Basketball is a major sports market in the Philippines. While residents are more than familiar with America’s National Basketball Association (NBA), the country’s domestic Philippines Basketball Association (PBA) also drums up a significant amount of support from local fans.
Residents can bet on the Philippines Basketball Association through local and offshore online sportsbooks. You can bet game-to-game, make futures predictions on the league winner, and place prop wagers throughout each quarter. You can even bet within quarters themselves with full live betting support!
The PBA betting spectrum has enough to accommodate all bettors, from novice to professional. This page was created specifically for Philippines basketball fans and has information on PBA teams, schedules, the league format, betting options, and more.
Is It Legal To Bet On The Philippines Basketball Association Online?
Yes. The legal framework surrounding online sports gambling in the Philippines is interesting. This is because domestic online sportsbooks are only allowed to accept foreign players. No Filipino residents can bet with a locally based online sportsbook. They are allowed to use sportsbooks licensed and regulated offshore.
Philippine gambling laws establish that it is legal for Filipino bettors to place wagers on basketball and other sports through sanctioned operators. Any operator with a legal license that is properly regulated in their own home country is technically sanctioned under the terms of the law and therefore legal to use.
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Teams In The Philippines Basketball Association
The PBA is a small league compared to others around the world. If anything, the small number of teams only helps build rapport with fans and doesn’t spread the betting thin, keeping fandom and interest high. The 12 PBA teams are as follows:
- Alaska Aces - Alaska Milk Corporation
- Barangay Ginebra San Miguel - Ginebra San Miguel, Inc.
- Blackwater Elite - Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc.
- Columbian Dyip - Columbian Autocar Corporation
- Magnolia Hotshots - San Miguel Food and Beverage
- Meralco Bolts - Manila Electric Company
- NLEX Road Warriors - Manila North Tollways Corporation
- NorthPort Batang Pier - Sultan 900 Capital, Inc.
- Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters - Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc.
- Rain or Shine Elasto Painters - Asian Coatings Philippines, Inc.
- San Miguel Beermen - San Miguel Brewery, Inc.
- TNT KaTropa - Smart Communications
History Of The PBA
The Philippines Basketball Association (PBA) was born out of the former Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA) and has established a strong presence among respected Philippines sports leagues. Early on, players were not paid much, giving the league an amateur status.
Eventually, multiple teams defected from the MICAA to form the Philippines Basketball Association in 1975. The inaugural teams were the Carrier Weathermakers, Crispa Redmanizers, Mariwasa-Noritake Porcelain Makers, Presto Ice Cream, Royal Tru-Orange, Seven-Up Uncolas, Tanduay Distillery, Toyota Comets, and the U/Tex Weavers.
Over the years, teams came and went, though they've always maintained their corporate sponsorship naming conventions. The league moved its central hub from Quezon City to Pasay. There was a bit of controversy over some players coming over to the country illegally, but these players were dispatched to the Metropolitan Basketball Association, and PBA viewership attendance declined.
The PBA saw a major pickup in 2010 with the appointment of Chito Salud as the PBA Commissioner. New teams were introduced and popularity began to surge again. The league returned to its standard three-conference format (see below) after a brief hiatus, allowing for players to compete in both international and domestic campaigns. Salud stepped down prior to the 2015-2016 season, and Chito Narvasa stepped down in December 2017. The current PBA commissioner is Willie Marcial.
2020 PBA Season Format
The Philippines Basketball Association is different from other leagues around the world when it comes to its regular season format. Whereas the NBA has a champion at the end of the season, the PBA’s overall season is divided up into three mini-seasons, or "conferences." The winners of each conference do not compete for the title of a grand champion or anything like that. By the end of the third conference, there can be up to three total champions in the Philippines.
The conferences are known as the Philippine, Commissioner’s and Governors' Cups. Each conference ends with a best-of-7 series to determine the champion. There can be a Grand Slam Champion in the event of the same team winning all three conferences. There is a draft held at the end of the Governors' Cup to acquire new players from the local collegiate league.
- 2020 Philippine Cup: March 8 – June 17 (delayed due to Wuhan coronavirus)
- 2020 Commissioner’s Cup: TBA
- 2020 Governor’s Cup: TBA
The top eight teams after a single elimination round robin advance to the quarterfinals. From there, the top four advance to a best-of-5 semifinal. The 2 teams left standing face off in a best-of-7 series to determine the conference champion.
2020 PBA Betting Odds
Odds have not yet been posted for the 2020 PBA season, which gets underway on March 8. However, as we get nearer to tipoff, you can expect all the major sports betting sites for Philippine bettors to offer plenty of options for each game, as well as lines on conference champions.
While the defending champion San Miguel Beermen (Philippine, Commissioner's) are likely favored in at least one of the conferences this season, the PBA is notoriously dynamic and has up-and-down parity year-to-year, with very few repeat champions.
2020 Philippine Cup Odds
2020 Commissioner's Cup Odds
2020 Governors' Cup Odds
Betting On The PBA
Filipinos can find betting lines on PBA games through licensed offshore sportsbooks. There are numerous options of how to bet on the Philippines Basketball Association, including placing the following common bet types:
- Point Spread
- Straight Moneyline
- Totals (Over/Under)
Point spread wagering involves betting on a team to win or lose by a certain amount of points. Even if you picked the right team to win, your bet can still fail if they did not cover the spread. A money line wager is betting on a team to win outright no matter the point spread. These bets are more popular amongst novice bettors. Total bets, or over/under bets, involve wagering on the total combined score at the end of the game to be higher or lower than a predetermined amount.
Other popular wagering types include props, or betting on a specific occurrence or nonoccurrence, and futures. An example of a prop bet would be betting on a specific player to score a certain number of points in the first quarter of a particular game. Futures bets are things like predicting which team will win a conference championship at the beginning of the season.
Are There Sportsbook Bonuses For PBA Betting?
Unfortunately, legal offshore sportsbooks for Philippine bettors do not give out bonuses at this time. However, you can still use memberships across multiple books to get different (and often dramatically more profitable) lines on any given PBA game, which is a sort of strategic bonus in and of itself. When Filipino-friendly sports betting sites start offering bonuses, this page will be updated accordingly.
How Does Mobile Basketball Betting Work?
There are mobile-optimized versions of licensed offshore sportsbooks. These web-based applications are compatible with Apple, Android, Windows and Blackberry devices (among others), including smartphones and tablets. Responsive design technology maintains consistent functionality and design components no matter which screen size dimensions your particular device has. You will find the same betting lines and wagering types with your sportsbook's mobile version as you would on the desktop version.
Can I Place Live Wagers On PBA Basketball Games?
Yes! Live wagering is a notable component of licensed offshore sportsbooks. It allows you to place a wager during a game as opposed to before it begins. Live wagering basketball rules are sometimes different than the standard betting rules, and you can find a comprehensive overview of the rules in the live betting section of your sportsbook. Live bets can be placed on your computer or mobile device, so you have the utmost convenience when watching and betting on PBA action.