Forecast: Heat will be East champs

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

Who will represent the East in the NBA Finals? Our ESPN Forecast panel is divided by two strong candidates, but the majority see the Miami Heat becoming East champion for the fourth straight year.

But the minority report for the Indiana Pacers is pretty compelling. This will all be sorted out in May, but there are plenty of games ahead that could shake up this tight race further.

Here's our voting breakdown ...

ESPN Forecast: Who will win the Eastern Conference?

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