Predicting a Game 5 winner and Finals MVP

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Will the Los Angeles Lakers complete a championship run Friday night or will the Miami Heat rediscover the formula that gave them their only win of the series so far?

Which of the Lakers’ All-NBA duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis has the inside track at NBA Finals MVP?

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.

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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

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