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Forecast: OKC will be West champs

Even with Russell Westbrook sidelined, Kevin Durant's Thunder have emerged as the West favorite. Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports

Our Winter Forecast rolls on with a look at the Western Conference races.

Who will represent the West in the NBA Finals? Our ESPN Forecast panel sees several strong candidates, but it seems clear that Kevin Durant has left a strong impression on just how far the Oklahoma City Thunder can go.

But not everyone is on the Thunder truck. The San Antonio Spurs may have convinced many voters that last season wasn't the window closing on their title opportunities.

Here's our voting breakdown ...

ESPN Forecast: Who will win the Western Conference?

Voters ranked their top three picks, with a 5-3-1 scoring system