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Forecast: West playoffs, first round

Our ESPN Forecast panel is playing favorites in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

That's Oklahoma City over Houston and James Harden; San Antonio over the death-defying, analysis-defying L.A. Lakers; Denver over similarly dynamic Golden State; and the L.A. Clippers over grit-and-grind Memphis.

In the West, the most-popular upset pick came from a sizable minority predicting that the Grizzlies can knock off the Clippers. But the majority thinks the Clippers can pull out Game 7, again. In any case, it could be the NBA's most competitive first-round series, again.

Check out the ESPN Forecast results below (and click here for our East forecast):

ESPN Forecast: Eastern Conference predictions ยป