Summer Forecast: West champs

Updated: September 14, 2009, 3:31 PM ET
By Royce Webb | ESPN.com

On Wednesday we predicted who would represent the East in the Finals. Today, the West.

Los Angeles Lakers (41 votes)

As powerful and competitive as the Western Conference has been for the past few years, the Los Angeles Lakers or San Antonio Spurs have almost always been the last team standing. For 10 of the past 11 seasons, the Lakers or Spurs have represented the West in the Finals, winning the whole chalupa in eight of those 10 seasons.

Our panel sees no reason ...

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