Minnesota Timberwolves Odds, Betting Guide & 2019-2020 Picks
Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the top 10 players in the NBA, but there’s not much else to get excited about on the Minnesota Timberwolves roster. The T’Wolves are stuck in basketball purgatory: Too much money tied up to enter a true rebuild, but not enough talent to truly contend. A healthy Robert Covington will make a difference, but not enough to significantly move the needle.
Here’s the key odds available and how you should bet them:
Timberwolves Win-Total Betting
The Line: 35.5 with SugarHouse
The Timberwolves won 36 games last season, including a 38-win pace (32-37) after they traded Jimmy Butler. Towns is in for a monster year, while Covington is still one of the best defenders in the league.
The Bet: Back the over. If they get enough from their backcourt and a few key role players step up, they should sneak past that win total.
Timberwolves Northwest Division Odds
The Line: +10000 with DraftKings
The playoffs aren’t out of the question, but it’s a three-team race in the Northwest between the Nuggets, Jazz and Blazers. The Timberwolves have never won a division title – or even finished second – and it won’t happen this season.
The Bet: Avoid these longshot odds.
Timberwolves Western Conference Odds
The Line: +12000 with FanDuel
Even if Towns puts together a monster year and the role players hit on all cylinders, the Timberwolves are two classes below the best of the best in the Western Conference. It would take a miraculous effort to get to the postseason, and then they’d need to upset three teams in the postseason.
The Bet: Avoid these odds.
Timberwolves NBA Title Odds
The Line: +15000 with 888sport
The hope is that Andrew Wiggins improves, rookie Jarrett Culver makes an immediate impact, and the backcourt provides some stability. But Towns can’t do it himself. It’ll be a while before the Timberwolves join the contender talk.
The Bet: These odds aren’t worth considering.
Best Timberwolves Player Prop Bets
No center has won the NBA’s scoring title since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000, but Towns is as gifted a scoring big as there is in basketball. He averaged 25.3 points after the T’Wolves traded Butler, and he had a six-week stretch in February to mid-March in which he averaged 31.8 points on 61% shooting.
The Bet: The Timberwolves will need him to be around 30 points each night to have a chance, making him solid value at those odds.
About the Author
Mark Strotman is a veteran sports journalist who has covered the Chicago Bulls and the NBA for NBC Sports Chicago since 2012. His work has also appeared on ESPN.com, FoxSports.com, The Chicago Tribune, Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports. He covered the NBA Playoffs in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 as well as Team USA Basketball in 2014 and 2016. He has also covered high school football and was nominated for a Midwest Emmy in 2016 for his work on a documentary featuring local Chicago product and NFL prospect Miles Boykin. Strotman graduated from Marquette University in 2012 and during his time there reported on the men’s basketball team, covering both the Big East Tournament and NCAA Tournament in 2011 and 2012.