Forecast: Kevin Durant for MVP

Our forecast sees Kevin Durant having a good shot at winning his first MVP award. But LeBron lurks ... Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports

Our Winter Forecast rolls on with a look at the NBA awards races.

Who will be named MVP at the end of the season? Our ESPN Forecast panel sees a close two-man battle:

Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James.

Will the red-hot Durantula claim his first MVP trophy? Or will King James turn it on in the second half to win his fifth MVP award in six seasons?

Here's our voting breakdown ...

ESPN Forecast: Who will win the Most Valuable Player award?

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