Commissioner’s Cup titlist Barangay Ginebra and TNT KaTropa, a team aching to redeem itself from forgettable season, clash in the opener of PBA Season 44 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan Sunday.
It’s Blackwater versus NorthPort then Phoenix Petroleum against Meralco in the season’s first double-header on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum before Philippine Cup champ San Miguel Beer begins its title defense opposite Columbian Dyip Friday over at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Also on Friday, Rain or Shine and NLEX mix it up in the 7 p.m. mainer.
The first week of action in the new season will be capped by a Saturday twinbill at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo where Meralco and Blackwater slug it out at 4:30 p.m. then TNT and Phoenix square off at 6:45 p.m.
Governors Cup champ Magnolia and runner-up Alaska Milk play their first game in the season on Feb. 3. It’s the Hotshots versus the Texters and the Aces opposite the Elasto Painters.
But the Kings and the Texters take the spotlight during the league inaugurals to be ushered in by the Leo Awards.