With the regular season upon us, it is the time for preseason predictions. Sports Illustrated's NBA preseason preview hits the stands this week.
The magazine predicts that the Sixers will finish second in the Atlantic Division, but ninth in the Eastern Conference and miss the playoffs.
The prediction is that the Celtics will win the Division, followed by the Sixers, Nets, Knicks and Raptors.
The eight Eastern playoff teams in order are: Miami, Orlando, Boston, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit and Charlotte.