O.J. Simpson parole hearing: Will the Nevada Board of Parole grant his freedom?

O.J. Simpson will make his case for freedom on Thursday — and many experts believe he has a good shot at winning it.

Simpson's fate rests in the hands of four members of the Nevada Board of Parole, who will hold a hearing starting at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET) in Carson City. Simpson will appear via video conference from two hours away at Lovelock Correctional Center, the isolated medium-security facility northeast of Reno that he has called home for nearly nine years, to answer commissioners' questions.

The hearing, which is expected to last about 10 or 15 minutes, will be livestreamed on NBCNews.com.

Simpson is approaching the minimum time served of his 33-year sentence after he was convicted in 2008 of kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges related to a botched sports memorabilia heist in a Las Vegas hotel room.

One of his robbery victims, Bruce Fromong, is expected to speak at the hearing. Fromong has told The Associated Press that he forgives Simpson for the incident.

RELATED: Key facts about OJ Simpson and 1995's 'Trial of the Century'

Key facts about OJ Simpson and 1995's 'Trial of the Century'
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Key facts about OJ Simpson and 1995's 'Trial of the Century'

O.J. Simpson's full name is Orenthal James Simpson. 

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O.J. Simpson attended the University of Southern California where he played football and ran track. 

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O.J. Simspson married his high school sweetheart Marguerite (Whitley) Simpson in 1967 when he was 19. The pair had three children together before divorcing in 1979.

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O.J. Simpson won the Heisman Trophy in 1968. 

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O.J. Simpson was the first overall pick in the 1969 NFL draft. He was selected by the Buffalo Bills.

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O.J. Simpson married Nicole Brown Simpson in 1985. 

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O.J. Simpson was a sideline reporter for NBC after he retired from the league. 

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O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson had two children together. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson divorced in 1992. (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Ronald Goldman, 25, was murdered with O.J. Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson on June 12, 1994.

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O.J. Simpson arrested and charged for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman on June 12, 1994.

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O.J. Simpson led police on a low-speed chase through Los Angeles in his white Ford Bronco driven by Al Cowlings on June 17, 1994. Cowlings eventually drove Simpson home, with Simpson ducked under the back passenger seat, to Brentwood where he surrendered after a standoff with police.

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O.J. Simpson's trial was broadcast on television for 134 days. 

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O.J. Simpson (C) listens to the not guilty verdict with his attorneys F. Lee Bailey (L) and Johnnie Cochran Jr (R). Simpson was found not guilty of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman at the conclusion of the "Trial of the Century." 

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O.J. Simpson is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison as a result of an October 2008 conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping charges. 

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O.J. Simpson's defense team was led by attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr (C) and included Robert Kardashian, father of Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob Kardashian. Kardashian's then-ex-wife Kris was friends with Nicole Brown Simpson at the time of her death. 

From L-R are attorneys Robert Kardashian, who was also a friend of Simpson's, Jo-Ellen Dimitrius, Robert Shapiro, Cochran, F. Lee Bailey and Carl Douglas. 

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O.J. Simpson and a ghostwriter Pablo Fenjves wrote a book in 2006 about the double murder entitled, "If I Did It." 

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In 1997, O.J Simpson was found liable for the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. He was ordered to pay $33.5 million. 

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Simpson has spent his time behind bars mopping the prison gym floor and serving as a sports coach to other inmates. Legal experts believe his good behavior in prison will help him gain parole.

"I don't see any reason why he wouldn't, based on his being a model prisoner and the actions that he's taken over the years to better himself," Al Lasso, a Las Vegas trial lawyer who has observed the case, told NBC News.

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Simpson's infamous past should not play a role in his parole case, Lasso added.

"It's going to be hard to leave out the murder situation from the parole board's minds, but in the end, they have to go by a regulated system, a point system. And if you add up the points, he's more than eligible for parole," Lasso said.

Laurie Levenson, a Loyola Law School in Los Angeles professor and longtime Simpson case commentator, agreed parole was likely.

"There are no certainties because it is O.J., and we've learned to expect the unexpected, but just on his classification and his risk factors, he is a good candidate," she told NBC News.

Despite the media frenzy around Simpson's case, former chairs of the state parole board have said the hearing is likely to be fairly routine. To commissioners, Simpson is simply Inmate #1027820.

"That's really the beauty of the system: It's the same for everyone," Dorla Salling, who was chairwoman of the parole board from 2000 to 2009, told NBC News. "It doesn't matter what your name is."

The only unusual aspect to Simpson's hearing will be the timing. Typically the parole board takes up to three weeks to make a decision, but because interest in this case is so high, a same-day decision is likely, the parole board said.

A look back: OJ Simpson in court

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OJ Simpson in court
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: O.J. Simpson (L) talks with attorney Robert Shapiro during an 18 January court hearing in Simpson's double-murder case in Los Angeles, California. Judge Lance Ito ruled that jurors may hear some domestic violence allegations against Simpson. Opening statements in the trial were moved to 23 January. (COLOR KEY: Brown wall) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: O.J. Simpson's children from his first marriage, Jason (L), Arnelle (R) and cousin Terri Baker (C) appear in court 23 January in Los Angeles as the former football great and television celebrity's double-murder trial is expected to begin with opening statements. O.J. Simpson is accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman on 12 June 1994. (COLOR KEY: Collar (L) is red) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read RICK MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
Fred Goldman and Patti Glass Goldman, the father and stepmother of murder victim Ronald Goldman, listen to prosecutor Christopher Darden as he delivers opening statements during the O.J. Simpson murder trial, January 24, Los Angeles, California. (Photo by AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: O.J. Simpson (R) looks up during a 23 January court hearing in Los Angeles, Ca, as attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. reviews doucuments in what should be opening day in Simpson's double-murder trial begins. Several evidenciary issues remain before the trial will be heard in front of the jury. (COLOR KEY: Brown wall.) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
Deputy district attorney Marcia Clark gestures as she addresses the jury for the prosecution's opening statements in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, Los Angeles, California, January 24, 1995. Simpson was accused of the 12 June 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. (Photo by Myung J. Chun/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Judge Lance Ito looks at prosecutor Marcia Clark as he admonishes her for argumentative behavior during her opening statements to the jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial 24 January in Los Angeles, CA. Ito ended the hearing later, after learning that the court video camera viewed live images of two jurors. Ito may remove cameras from the courtroom because of the incident. (COLOR KEY: Brown wall) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Lead prosecutor Marcia Clark (L) talks with fellow prosecutor Christopher Darden during court proceedings 26 January 1995 in Los Angeles. The OJ Simpson trial was delayed by the hospitalization of prosecutor William Hodgman and continuing fray over the defense's failure to turn over the names of its anticipated witnesses. (COLOR KEY: Wall is brown.) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: A picture taken by the Los Angeles Police Department on 01 January 1989 and projected on a screen in the courtroom 31 January 1995 shows Nicole Brown Simpson after her 911 call reporting a spousal abuse episode that defendant O.J. Simpson eventually pleaded no contest to. The picture was displayed by the prosecution during questioning of LAPD Detective John Edwards at the double murder trial of Simpson. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 9: Prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson murder trial Marcia Clark(L) and Christopher Darden(2nd L) show a display of a blood trail 09 February at Nicole Simpson's condominium to the jury and Los Angeles Police Department(LAPD) officer Robert Riske(R) during testimony in Superior Court in Los Angeles. Riske was the first police officer to arrive at the scene where Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered. (COLOR KEY:Blue chart.) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Defense attorneys Johnnie Cochran Jr. (R) and Robert Shapiro talk about the prosecution's announcement in court 15 February that the blood found on Nicole Brown Simpon's Bundy residence gate genetically matches that of murder defendant O.J. Simpson. (COLOR KEY: Red in Cochran's tie). AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15: Double murder defendant O.J. Simpson puts on one of the bloody gloves as a Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy looks on during the O.J. Simpson murder trial 15 June. One of the gloves was found at the murder scene, while the other was found at Simpson's state. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read SAM MIRCOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)
This 21 June 1995 file photo shows former US football player and actor O.J. Simpson looking at a new pair of Aris extra-large gloves that prosecutors had him put on during his double-murder trial in Los Angeles. Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch announced 20 November 2006 the cancellation of a controversial book and television interview involving O.J. Simpson being planned by his News Corp company. AFP PHOTO/Vince BUCCI/FILES (Photo credit should read VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)
O.J. Simpson tries on a leather glove allegedly used in the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman during testimony in Simpson's murder trial on June 15, 1995 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Lee Celano/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21: O.J. Simpson shows the jury a new pair of Aris extra-large gloves, similar to the gloves found at the Bundy and Rockingham crime scene 21 June 1995, during his double murder trial in Los Angeles,CA. Deputy Sheriff Roland Jex(L) and Prosecutor Christopher Darden (R) look on. (Photo credit should read VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)

Simpson, 70, is no stranger to being the center of attention: About 150 million people tuned in to hear the verdict in the "Trial of the Century" in 1995, when he was acquitted in the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. He was found liable for the double homicide in a 1997 civil case and owes a $33 million civil judgment, which he will still face should he be released from prison.

The parole board will base its decision on a number of factors, such as history of drug and alcohol abuse and disciplinary conduct over the past year.

If his past is any indication, Simpson is a viable parole candidate. In 2013, he was deemed a low risk and was granted parole on some of his charges. It was during that hearing that he told commissioners that he coached sports teams in prison and umpired games.

"I advise a lot of guys, and I'd like to feel that I've kept a lot of trouble from happening since I've been here by getting involved in some conflicts that some of the individuals have had," he said then.

If he wins parole, Simpson could be free as early as Oct. 1. If he is not granted parole, he could be kept behind bars until 2022.

F. Lee Bailey, one of Simpson's defense attorneys during his murder trial, told NBC News that he was hopeful that his former client would go free.

"I'm very sympathetic to him being released at the first possible moment," said Bailey, 84.

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