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Through four games, the teams have traded wins. Who will be the first team to win two straight? Or will the Spurs win in 7? Why?
Pawel Weszka
Editor, NBA Africa

Provided Parker keeps winning his battle with his ailing hamstring, the Spurs should regroup and go big in Game 5. We know by now that Miami is best when their season is on the line, so I think they should take Game 6. Would the Spurs take Game 7 then? Miami would be in a win-or-go-home situation again and we know too well what that means... Saying that, Game 5 comes next and first Pop will need to find a solution for Miami reining in Miller from the start. The Spurs need Splitter in the paint and they need him desperately.
Adriano Albuquerque
Blogger, NBA Brasil

Right now, I'm leaning on Miami. After Game 4, it looks like they actually figured out the Spurs. Wade and James have been unleashed. Also, Tony Parker is clearly not 100 percent, and the Spurs can win games without him, but I don't think they win twice, including at least one on the road, with him at anything less, unless everything else is really clicking. I'm going with Miami in 6, and Game 5 is looking like it'll be a classic.
Philipp Dornhegge

The Spurs would be fine with trading wins 'til the season is over. Miamiís under pressure to put their recent trend to a stop, and right now Iím wondering whether they can do it. Wadeís performance was great, but can he bring it every night from here on out? Wonít the Spurs strike back with a vengeance in Game 5? Iím picking San Antonio to take the next one and Miami to answer again in Game 6. And who knows whatís gonna happen in Game 7? This will be one amazing game to watch, and Iím curious to see how the superstars and role players will fare under immense pressure. My gut feeling says: Heat in 7.
Eduardo Schell
Editor, NBA EspaŮa

Miami is 12-0 after losing a game and has outscored opponent by 20.7 points in the postseason after loss. At the same time San Antonio has never trailed in the Finals so the numbers say the Spurs will win Game 5 and 7, but it would be tough to go against the Heat in Miami in a do-or-die game at home. Again, experience might be the key factor.
Akshay Manwani
Blogger, NBA India

Iím picking Miami. LeBron said as much, stressing on the importance of winning back-to-back games after Game 4: ďWe canít wait till our backs are against the wall every time to respond. We have to build some momentum.Ē Also, the last time Miami lost two consecutive games in a row was way back in early January 2013. Now, with the opportunity to win two straight titles, thereís little chance of the Heat losing two straight.
Davide Chinellato
Editor, NBA Italia

I've got Miami winning the title in seven games, so I have to say they are the ones who are gonna win two straight games. I guess the Heatís Big 3 will end up making the difference, just as they did in Game 4. With LeBron ranking as the best of the planet and Wade and Bosh stepping up, they're a tough team to reckon with. But the Spurs are so motivated and well-coached that they have a chance. Of course Parker must be healthy and Duncan must play once again as The Big Fundamental. But Manu Ginobili is the one who has to step up: heís shooting 10-29 from the field with 3-16 from downtown: this is definitely not the true Manu.
Aldo Avinante

I think the Heat will have that chance when they come home for Games 6 and 7. The Spurs are too proud and experienced to let their last game in their home floor end with a loss. San Antonio will come out with a sense of urgency on Game 5 and I think Manu is too good of a player to play this badly in consecutive games. He is due for a breakout game. Miami will be at the comforts of their home in the last two games of the season. With their crowd providing the extra energy and their legacy on the line, Heat will take the Larry O'Brien trophy in seven games.