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On the eve of a potential closeout Game 5 (Friday, 9 p.m. ET on ABC), our ESPN Forecast panel of experts tackles the two biggest questions heading into what could be the final game inside the league’s Orlando, Florida, bubble.
Who will win NBA Finals Game 5?
ESPN’s Basketball Power Index (BPI) projects the Lakers as a 58% favorite to win Game 5 and secure the NBA title, but our panel gives an even heavier edge to Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Lakers: 71%
Miami Heat: 29%
How the Lakers close out the series
Capturing the franchise’s 17th championship will require the Lakers’ full attention to the details that got them this far inside the bubble:
The Lakers will need to get Anthony Davis cooking early. Davis’ impact cannot be simply