The San Miguel Beermen booked their ticket to the Finals last week after a 77-61 win over the Sports Rev Thailand Slammers to wrap their series 3-1.
They will meet the Indonesia Warriors in the Finals in what is a rematch of last season's Championship decider.
The Warriors accounted for the Westports Malaysia Dragons 81-64 to sweep their Semi-final series and give them the chance to do what no other ABL team has done before which is to repeat as champions.
FOX Sports had Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers favourite Kyle Jeffers answer a few questions ahead of Game 1.
Q: The two best ABL teams from the regular season meet in the Finals - how do you think they match up?
KJ: Player to player match up is very hard to say because both teams play deep into their benches. Top five, the guards match up well, but the forwards/centre position tips into the favour of the San Miguel Beermen. It will be interesting to see how the Beermen start the series, if they will match up with a three guard back court or go big and look to overpower them with sheer size.
Beermen have made so many changes in the regular season it does not really matter who they start with, because Coach [Leo] Austria can go deep into his bench and call on anyone to step in.
As for the Warriors they do have two very big sized players in [Chris] Daniels and [Steven] Thomas as I feel they can hold it down inside for the Warriors if foul trouble does not play a factor. If any of them gets in foul trouble there will be issues for the Warriors.
The guard play will be exciting to watch as both teams have dynamic front courts, and are fairly deep. Yet more of the load in regards to performing output is shared more evenly in the Warriors as sometimes [Chris] Banchero will try to do too much. Over the long haul in playoff basketball this could wear him down, possibly making him less effective due to his fatigue level. He works hard so I know he will be ready but if you go hard all the time fatigue will play a factor, I do not care who you are.
Stanley Pringle is coming in fresh and ready to fire on all cylinders so I expect both coaches to be rotating defensive players on both teams' top guards trying to wear each down.
Q: Beermen hold the best regular season record and home court advantage while Warriors have Championship experience having won the title last season, which team has the edge?
KJ: There is no edge in this series. Both teams are coached well and have very good players to match. The team who takes this series will be the team who plays the hardest, the most unselfish, have the greatest adaptability in game time execution and takes care of the ball.
Home court is important, but let's be honest the crowd in Manila does not really come out full force to really play a key part and as we saw [in the series with the Slammers] the Beermen are not invincible at home. It will be a great series to watch, and I do expect the Beermen to be very physical as their bench is a bit deeper.
Q: The Warriors swept through the Dragons pretty comfortably en route to the Finals while the Beermen had a more testing time against the Slammers, will this be a factor in the Finals?
KJ: Both teams had significant rest this past week. The Warriors breezed past the Dragons because they were too physical for them, and also the Dragons were down a starting forward. The Beermen may have had a more physical series but it will not be any more physical than what we will see in this final.
Q: If you had to pick a player out from this series who could potentially shift the balance in his team's favour to win the Championship, who would it be?
KJ: Stanley Pringle as we have not seen much of him this season I am curious to see how his game has developed and evolved over the past off-season. What he showed us in the last series against the Dragons was that he is ready to go. He was a factor last year, he is even more so this series.
Q: When it comes to a Championship series, star players invariably step up and perhaps cancel each other out - does the difference between winning and losing then come down to which teams have better role players?
KJ: Yes I agree with you on that statement about players cancelling each other out, but I would say both teams have the players to come off the bench to create a spark somehow. Obviously, the Beermen have veteran bench players, but overall I think the stars who come out to play for forty minutes every game will be the ones to shine on the podium.
Q: Care to stick your neck out on the line and make a prediction for the Finals?
KJ: I just want to see an exciting series all the way to the last seconds of Game 5. I do not care who wins.