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In this Dec. 12, 2011, photo, Miami Heat (Credit: AP)

In this Dec. 12, 2011, photo, Miami Heat players Dwyane Wade, back, LeBron James and Chris Bosh pose for photos during the NBA basketball team's media day in Miami.

NBA Eastern Conference preseason power rankings

Ranking the projected playoff teams in the Eastern Conference.

Predictions by Bobby Bonett

3. KNICKSOnce healthy, a motivated Baron Davis will
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3. KNICKS
Once healthy, a motivated Baron Davis will give stability to point guard position. Bench much improved over 2010-11. Amar’e Stoudemire will need his rest for postseason run.
Prediction: Eastern Conference finals

6. 76ERSYoung and deep, Sixers on way up.
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6. 76ERS
Young and deep, Sixers on way up. Evan Turner looks to rebound from bad rookie season. Bringing back Thaddeus Young was key. Health may be concern.
Prediction: First round playoff exit

8. HAWKSCan Jeff Teague handle starting at point?
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8. HAWKS
Can Jeff Teague handle starting at point? What will Marvin Williams, Josh Smith bring to table? Plenty of questions, but Al Horford, Joe Johnson still rock solid.
Prediction: First round playoff exit

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