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Minnesota Timberwolves Betting and Team Guide

Betting on the Minnesota Timberwolves can be quite profitable if you are properly prepared. You need to learn a lot about the franchise as a whole as well as stay in touch with the latest news around the organization.

You will find all of that and then some more in this team guide dedicated to the Timberwolves.

Minnesota Timberwolves Betting in 2019-20

First things first, so let’s start with the latest Minnesota Timberwolves betting odds for the upcoming season.

Latest Minnesota Timberwolves Odds for 2019-20

Minnesota Timberwolves to Win the 2020 NBA Championship+25000
Minnesota Timberwolves to Win the 2020 NBA Western Conference+15000
Minnesota Timberwolves to Win the 2020 NBA Northwest Division+25000

Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions for 2019-20

  • Current Prediction: 32-36 wins
  • Current Pick: no recommended bet
  • Last Updated: January 3rd

The odds are out and the bookmakers a bit more optimistic about the Timberwolves than expected. They project about 35-36 wins in the regular season, but I’m not so sure about that. With so many strong teams in the West, the Timberwolves look doomed right now.

Andrew Wiggins will have to somehow improve his efficiency dramatically and KAT will have to defend better, if they are going to cross the 35 wins line. The latter is possible, but the former seems unlikely right now.

This is a team that won’t be in the playoffs and it won’t be even close.

Previous Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions

October 8

  • Prediction: 30-35 wins and no chance for playoffs.
  • Pick: Under 35.5 Wins -105

The odds are out and the bookmakers a bit more optimistic about the Timberwolves than expected. They project about 35-36 wins in the regular season, but I’m not so sure about that. With so many strong teams in the West, the Timberwolves look doomed right now.

Andrew Wiggins will have to somehow improve his efficiency dramatically and KAT will have to defend better, if they are going to cross the 35 wins line. The latter is possible, but the former seems unlikely right now.

This is a team that won’t be in the playoffs and it won’t be even close.

Season Preview

The Minnesota Timberwolves won’t be a competitive team anytime soon; there’s no other way to put this. The franchise gambled on the Andrew Wiggins contract, and so far, it seems that has been a failure. The organization is trying to get rid of it and start rebuilding again but has failed so far.

Whatever happens by the end of this off-season, the Timberwolves will be one of the worst teams in the Western Conference. They have no chance of fighting for the playoffs and will most likely win something like 30-35 games.

Minnesota Timberwolves News and Updates

January 3rd, by Michael Wynn

Karl-Anthony Towns hasn’t played since December 13th, and now KAT is in the center of trade rumors in Minneapolis. Andrew Wiggins has missed Minnesota’s last four contests while dealing with flu-like symptoms, and Jeff Teague is suddenly sidelined with a knee injury.

No wonder it’s been such an uphill climb for Ryan Saunders as of late.

Previous News and Updates

October 8, by Jerry Summer

The preseason is starting and nothing much has changed for the Timberwolves. They still seem like a team that won’t be in the playoffs, but there’s a curious recent news report. We all thought that Jimmy Butler left the team because of the huge contract of Andrew Wiggins and we now have confirmation.

It seems like the Timberwolves could have ruined their long-term future with this extension, but let’s give Wiggins another season to get back on the right track.

I don’t see it happening, but we’ve witnessed stranger things in the past.

July 16, by Jerry Summer

The rumors suggest that the Timberwolves would like to trade Andrew Wiggins, but there aren’t many suitors. That’s hardly a surprise considering the player’s contract and his lack of development in the past couple of years.

We will continue following the situation, but it seems like Wiggins will stay with the Timberwolves for the upcoming NBA season.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves in 2019-20

Minnesota Timberwolves Roster in 2019-20

It would be foolish to bet on the Minnesota Timberwolves without knowing the roster well. This is why we will share a full list of the players employed by the organization and a short analysis on what can be expected from them.

  • Jeff Teague – Guard
  • Jarrett Culver – Guard
  • Shabazz Napier – Guard
  • Jerryd Bayless – Guard
  • Jared Terell – Guard
  • Tyus Battle – Guard
  • Jaylen Nowell – Guard
  • Tyler Nelson – Guard
  • Brandon Randolph – Guard
  • Egor Koulechov – Guard
  • Barry Brown – Guard
  • Mitch Creek – Guard
  • Josh Okogie – Guard
  • Tyrone Wallace – Guard
  • C.J. Williams – Guard
  • Robert Covington – Forward
  • Andrew Wiggins – Forward
  • Jake Layman – Forward
  • Luol Deng – Forward
  • Treveon Graham – Forward
  • Keita Bates-Diop – Forward
  • Jordan Bell – Forward
  • Jordan Murphy – Forward
  • Karl-Anthony Towns – Center
  • Gorgui Dieng – Center
  • Naz Reid – Center

Projected Starting Lineup

The main force of each team is the starting lineup. That’s the core of players that is supposed to drive the organization forward, so your Minnesota Timberwolves betting preparations should start with the projected lineup for the new season.

  • Jeff Teague – Point Guard
  • Josh Okogie – Shooting Guard
  • Andrew Wiggins – Small Forward
  • Robert Covington – Power Forward
  • Karl-Anthony Towns – Center

The main playmaker of the team will be Jeff Teague, who is a decent two-way player and a guy that does a good job quietly. He will be handling the ball a lot and trying to create shots for Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Those two are supposed to carry the offensive load, and we all know that it’s going to come down to Wiggins. He’s a volume shooter who had terrible efficiency in the past two seasons. The forward should either improve his splits or take fewer tough shots. Ideally, he should be doing both.

If Wiggins doesn’t overtake the whole offense, the Timberwolves actually have some potential. Karl-Anthony Towns is an excellent scorer from various positions, and Robert Covington can shoot from downtown really well.

Teague and Okogie are not especially prolific but will add their share too. Basically, if Wiggins improves, the Timberwolves should be above average offensively.

The big question marks for this team are related to the defense. Wiggins is not putting in any effort, while Teague and Okogie are average at best. Covington is the only guy that can guard the opposition really well, and Towns could be a decent rim protector, but he has to be more active.

Those two can’t do it on their own, so the rest of the team will need to step up, or the Timberwolves will suffer badly.

Depth and Bench

The bench of each team is essential, too, as the season is long, and teams can’t rely on a small group of players to win every single game. The Timberwolves signed Jordan Bell in the summer, and the former Warriors forward can provide some decent defense and inside scoring from the bench.

Another potentially useful new signing is Shabazz Napier. The point guard is a decent outside scorer and playmaker, but his defense is questionable.

The likes of Jake Layman, Jarrett Culver who was drafted this summer, and center Gorgui Dieng should also play some role in the Timberwolves season. We can’t say we expect much from any of them for different reasons, so the depth of the roster is hardly impressive.

Minnesota Timberwolves Staff in 2019-20

The Timberwolves coaching staff will have the hard task to guide this team to a respectable performance. Here are the guys that will be responsible for that.

  • Head Coach: Ryan Saunders
  • Coaching Staff: David Vanterpool (Associate Head Coach), Jason Hervey (Asst. Coach), Ed Pinckney (Asst. Coach), Pablo Prigioni (Asst. Coach), Bryan Gates (Asst. Coach)
  • Ownership: Glen Taylor
  • General Manager: Scott Layden

The Timberwolves appointed Ryan Saunders in the middle of last season, and many believe this was a risk. This is his first job as a head coach; his career so far has been as an assistant. Saunders certainly lacks the experience, but he’s a young guy with a lot of ambition.

Considering how bad the Timberwolves roster is right now, giving such a guy a chance is not the worst idea ever. It remains to be seen if he will be able to guide the team throughout a difficult season and do something with the limited talent at his disposal.

Minnesota Timberwolves Schedule in 2019-20

The schedule is important for betting on the Minnesota Timberwolves, as the team might struggle at times and have more time to refresh in other moments. Once the dates are up, you will see them here, with some analysis of the key periods.

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Minnesota Timberwolves Overview and Key Info

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been part of the NBA since 1989 when they, along with the Orlando Magic, started their inaugural season.

It wasn’t until their eighth season (1996-97) that the team from Minneapolis made it to their first playoffs game. But once they got started, they kept it going for eight straight years, coached by Flip Saunders and led by the present-day all-time franchise leader Kevin Garnett.

In 2004, the Timberwolves earned their only division title when they finished first and defeated the Denver Nuggets in the first round. Although the team also won the conference semifinals against the Sacramento Kings, the Minnesota Timberwolves prevented them from advancing further, beating Minnesota 4-2 in the conference finals.

The 2004 division title is the only one to date. The Timberwolves have not won an NBA championship nor have earned a trip to the finals. In their nearly 30-year history, they’ve made nine post-season appearances.

In 2016, former Chicago Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau took the top spot for Minnesota. In the new head coach’s first two seasons, he compiled a .476 winning percentage and led the Wolves to their first post-season in 13 years. Thibodeau returned for the 2018-19 season with the Timberwolves at the Target Center in Minneapolis but was replaced in January by Ryan Saunders, son of Flip Saunders.

Minnesota Timberwolves – Key Info
Current Team Location
In Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 1989
Western Conference – Northwest
Target Center
G League Team
Iowa Wolves
Team Value (Forbes 2018)
$1.06 billion

Minnesota Timberwolves History

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Orlando Magic had their inaugural seasons in 1989 as the newest NBA expansion franchises.

First Seasons

The Timberwolves’ first season was played at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome while the Target Center was being completed. Bill Musselman was the inaugural coach and spent two seasons in Minnesota from 1989-1991 but was unable to claim a winning record or playoff game.

It took eight seasons for Minnesota to trigger some momentum. In 1997, led by coach Flip Saunders and power forward/center Kevin Garnett, the Timberwolves earned their first of eight consecutive playoff seasons. The first seven were first-round defeats.

Division Title

In the 2003-04 season, the team earned their first and only to date division title. They took first place in the Midwest Division with a 58-24 record and then beat the Denver Nuggets in a 4-1 first-round series. The Wolves advanced to beat the Sacramento Kings in the semifinals (4-3) but couldn’t get past the Lakers in the finals. They were knocked out of championship contention in a six-game defeat.

After 2004, the Wolves went on a 13-season playoff dry spell. Minnesota didn’t play in one post-season game until 2017-18 when they finished at 47-35 (.573). It was also the first winning season record since 2005.

Kevin Garnett

When it comes to all-time leaders, Kevin Garnett takes the top spot in most categories, including points, assists, rebounds, most minutes, steals, and blocks. Anthony Peeler is number one for three-pointers with 465. Kevin Love is second to Garnett in rebounds with 4,453 and second to Peeler with 440 three-pointers.

Minnesota Honorees

Both Andrew Wiggins (2015) and Karl-Anthony Towns (2016) are NBA Rookies of the Year. Timberwolves’ All-Stars include Tom Gugliotta, Wally Szczerbiak, Sam Cassell, Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kevin Love (3), and Kevin Garnett (10).

Over their nearly 30-year history, Minnesota has retired just two numbers. The first was Malik Sealy (#2), who was on the Timberwolves active roster when he was killed by a drunk driver at the end of the 1999-2000 season. The other is “FLIP” in honor of their longest-serving, winningest coach, Flip Saunders, who died in 2015 after battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Championships and Playoffs

  • 0 NBA Championships:
  • 0 Conference Titles:
  • 1 Division Title: 2004

Home Court – Target Center

  • Inaugurated: 1990
  • Renovated: 2004, 2014, 2017
  • Capacity: 18,798
  • Former Names: n/a

Before the Target Center was completed in 1990, the Timberwolves played their inaugural season at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The domed stadium had tenants including the Vikings and Twins and accommodated 35,000 for basketball.

The Target Center is more basketball-focused and not only hosts the NBA games but the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx. It offers over 700 club seats and 68 suites. In 2004, the arena went through a significant renovation that replaced all of the original seats and reconfigured the lower bowl to make it more comfortable and accessible to the fans.

While it’s primarily used for basketball, Target Center has also accommodated ice hockey, wrestling, concerts, and other special events.

  • Venue Address: Target Center, 600 North 1st Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • Mailing Address: Minnesota Timberwolves, The Courts at Mayo Clinic Square, 600 Hennepin Ave., Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • Phone: 612-673-1600

Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coaches

Throughout the life of the Timberwolves franchise, there has only been one coach with a winning record throughout his tenure.

Flip Saunders

Flip Saunders ended his first of two stints in Minnesota with a 411-326 (.558) record after ten years. He’s also the longest-reigning coach in the organization’s history. Saunders, along with the team’s all-time top scorer, Kevin Garnett, set the Wolves on their one playoff streak with eight post-season appearances from 1997 to 2004 including their one and only Midwest division title in 2004.

Up First

Bill Musselman was the first head coach of the new Timberwolves franchise. He spent two full seasons there and ended up with a 51-113 (.311) record. Musselman was followed by Jimmy Rodgers, Sidney Lowe, and Bill Blair, and none of the three ended up with a better outcome at .189, .244, and .265 respectively.

Tom Thibodeau

Tom Thibodeau became the 12th coach for Minnesota in 2016, although both Kevin McHale and Flip Saunders had two separate terms in the position.

Thibodeau was the former head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 2010 to 2015 and led the Bulls to five consecutive winning and playoff seasons during his tenure. His second season with the Timberwolves (2017-18), the team finished with a 47-35 (.573) and made the playoffs for the first time in 14 years.

Despite that, the start of the next campaign was unsatisfying, and he was fired midway through the season.

To date, the Timberwolves franchise has not produced a Coach of the Year nor had any Hall of Famers on their head coaching roster.

Last 10 Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coaches
132019-Ryan Saunders17-250.405X-X
122016-19 Tom Thibodeau97-107.4751-4.200
112015-16Sam Mitchell29-53.354X-X
5b*2014-15Flip Saunders16-66.195X-X
102011-14Rick Adelman97-133.422X-X
92009-11Kurt Rambis32-132.195X-X
6b*2008-209Kevin McHale20-43.317X-X
82007-08Randy Wittman38-105.266X-X
72005-07Dwane Casey53-69.434X-X
62005Kevin McHale19-12.613X-X

Ryan Saunders

Ryan Saunders is the son of Flip Saunders and the latest head coach of the Timberwolves. He was the assistant of Tom Thibodeau and has been part of the franchise for many years. This is the first job of this magnitude for Saunders, and the young coach is eager to prove his worth.

Minnesota Timberwolves Last Five Seasons

SeasonCoachFinishW-L%PlayoffsPoints Leader (avg/game)
2019-19Tom Thibodeau/Ryan Saunders5th36-46.439Karl-Anthony Towns (24.4)
2017-18Tom Thibodeau4th47-35.573Lost First RoundJimmy Butler (22.2)
2016-17Tom Thibodeau5th 31-51.378Karl-Anthony Towns (25.1)
2015-16Sam Mitchell5th29-53.354Andrew Wiggins (20.7)
2014-15Flip Saunders5th16-66.195Kevin Martin (20)

Minnesota Timberwolves All-time Career Leaders

PointsKevin Garnett19,2011995-2007, 2014-2016
Average Pts/GameJimmy Butler22.152017-2018
AssistsKevin Garnett4,2161995-2007, 2014-2016
ReboundsKevin Garnett10,7181995-2007, 2014-2016

Kevin Garnett

You can’t talk about the Timberwolves history without a mention (or several) of Kevin Garnett. The Timberwolves’ first-round pick, and fifth overall, in the 1995 NBA draft helped transform the relatively new team into a playoff machine for eight seasons. Before Garnett’s arrival, Minnesota had never played a post-season game.

Garnett decided to go straight to the NBA out of high school. After just a few seasons, he started making a name for himself in the NBA with his first of 15 All-Star selections in 1997. Garnett and LeBron James are the only two NBA players to receive the Player of the Month award four times in a single season. Garnett accomplished it in 2003-04. That same season, he was also named the league’s Most Valuable Player.

Garnett holds several career records for the Timberwolves, including scoring, assists, and rebounds. He’s the only NBA player to reach at least 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 5,000 assists, 1,500 steals, and 1,500 blocks. Garnett was traded to the Celtics in 2007 and then played for the Nets from 2013-15. In 2015, he made his return to the Timberwolves before announcing his retirement in 2016.

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler claimed the top spot in average points per game with 22.15, the highest average in franchise history to date. His career best was the previous year with the Bulls, though, recording a 23.9 average. Butler was a first-round pick by the Chicago Bulls in 2011 after playing at Marquette for three seasons.

The shooting guard/small forward is a four-time All-Star and four-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team. He was the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2015 and was also named to All-NBA Third Team in 2017 and 2018. Butler represented the US on its gold medal-winning team in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Karl-Anthony Towns

The Minnesota Timberwolves ended up with the 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie First-Teamer when they selected Karl-Anthony Towns as the first overall selection in the NBA Draft. Towns was First-Team All-SEC and the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2015 in his one year playing for the Kentucky Wildcats. In the NBA, he’s an All-Star (2018) and named All-NBA Third Team.

Towns is on the current Timberwolves roster and led the team in scoring in 2018-19. He was also the team’s 2016-17 season leader with an average of 25.1. The center is a Dominican-American and represented the Dominican Republic on their national basketball team in 2012 at just 16 years old.

Timberwolves Trivia

The Timberwolves weren’t the first Minneapolis NBA team. The Minneapolis Lakers were the home team until they left for the West Coast to become the Los Angeles Lakers in 1960.

Minnesota Polars was the other finalist in the “name the team” contest that resulted in Minnesota Timberwolves.

When Coach Tom Thibodeau led the Timberwolves to the playoffs in 2018, they snapped the longest active NBA playoff drought of 13 seasons. The longest in history was recorded by the Los Angeles Clippers with 14.

The official mascot of the Minnesota Timberwolves is Crunch the Wolf, and he was introduced along with the Timberwolves in 1989.

The current Minnesota Timberwolves owner, Glen Taylor, also owns the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, and both teams share tenancy at the Target Center.

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