Media days are over, training camps have started and the Minnesota Timberwolves visit the Miami Heat in the teams’ first preseason game on Monday. The NBA is back, kind of, but not really.
The Timberwolves made some offseason acquisitions and many believe they can contest for an NBA title. Karl-Anthony Towns is questionable to play, but the likes of Rudy Gobert and D’Angelo Russell are ready to ball.
Minnesota is +3400 to win the NBA championship and Miami is +1800 with NBA betting markets.
Wolves’ Stepping Stones
The Timberwolves have been nothing but disappointing over the last few years, but that could all change. They have a roster good enough to at least make the playoffs and potentially reach lofty heights.
It will take a complete team effort, but with Towns believing he’s one of the best in the league and the addition of Gobert at the center position, there are no excuses.
The sportsbook has value +3400 odds for the Wolves to win it all. We expect those odds to shorten throughout the season, especially if they make a good start in the first couple of months.
Playing the Heat on Tuesday gives bettors a chance to see what they can do. They won’t be firing on all cylinders in the first preseason contest, but they could push the Heat close to boiling point.
Coach Chris Finch is seeing excitement from his veteran players.
“I see it certainly from Kyle (Anderson). I see it from Rudy (Gobert). I think Rudy’s approach is going to be really good for us,” Finch told MinnPost. Those are two guys who have been in a lot of winning programs that have an even-keel way of playing and are serious about what they do, and are willing to hold others accountable to the best that they can.
“And let’s talk about the guys who have been here. I think it is a growth area for Ant (Anthony Edwards), and KAT, and DLo. We are definitely going to miss PB’s (Patrick Beverley) personality and his ability to drive belief in a young team was the best I’ve ever experienced. But maybe we’re not a young team anymore. Now we have to learn those lessons for ourselves.”
Heat Staying Strong
It’s a case of keeping the faith for the Miami Heat, who haven’t made many changes to their roster and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
They were beaten by the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, but it was hard-fought and they can turn the tables.
When you have players like Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro and Victor Oladipo, anything is possible. They’re good enough to win the NBA championship and they’re being respected with NBA odds of +1800.
Signing Herro to a four-year, $130 million extension was excellent news. We hope the big pay day doesn’t see him lose focus, but he should want to produce his best basketball and repay the team’s faith in him.
There is also talk around Jae Crowder joining the team, which would boost defensive and three-point efficiency. Heat fans should be excited and it could start with a preseason with a win over the Wolves.
Timberwolves vs Heat Head-to-Head
The Heat have a 34-30 edge over the Timberwolves. However, the Wolves have won the last two games, including a 113-104 win in March.
They have won seven of the last 10 against the Heat, so recent dominance is in favor of a Wolves victory.
Timberwolves vs Heat Game Information
- Game: Timberwolves vs Heat
- Location: FTX Arena, Miami, FL
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. EST
- Timberwolves vs Heat Live stream: NBA Game Pass