Uh-oh! The SI cover

Uh-oh! ... Looks like the folks at Sports Illustrated have decided to give the Sixers and newcomer Elton Brand some attention. Now, we just have to be wary of the dreaded cover jinx.

Brand appears on one of the magazine's six regional covers of its NBA preview, available on newsstands today.

SI has the Sixers finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference.

1. Boston Celtics
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Detroit Pistons
4. Orlando Magic
5. Philadelphia 76ers
6. Toronto Raptors 
7. Washington Wizards
8. Chicago Bulls
9. Indiana Pacers
10. Charlotte Bobcats
11. Atlanta Hawks
12. Milwaukee Bucks
13. New York Knicks
14. Miami Heat
15. New Jersey Nets

1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Houston Rockets
3. San Antonio Spurs
4. Utah Jazz
5. New Orleans Hornets
6. Dallas Mavericks
7. Portland Trail Blazers
8. Phoenix Suns
9. Denver Nuggets
10. Golden State Warriors
11. Los Angeles Clippers
12. Sacramento Kings
13. Minnesota Timberwolves
14. Oklahoma City Thunder
15. Memphis Grizzlies

CONFERENCE FINALS: Celtics over Cavaliers and Spurs over Lakers

NBA FINALS: Spurs over Celtics