Timberwolves schedule starts with Chet Holmgren, features a number of nationally televised games
Nine of the Wolves’ first 12 games will be played at Target Center, a friendly runway for a team that will be acclimating newly acquired center Rudy Gobert and a number of other fresh faces into the fold.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2022-23 schedule starts off with a bang — at least for local basketball followers.
Minnesota hoops fans will not only get to see one of the Wolves’ most highly-anticipated seasons tip off in front of their eyes at Target Center, but it also will feature the NBA debut of none other than Minneapolis’ Chet Holmgren.
The No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NBA draft — and a Minnehaha Academy alum — and his Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to Minnesota to start the season Oct. 19.
That’s one of a number of early home games amid a, frankly, soft open to the season for the Wolves. Five of their first seven games are against the Thunder and Spurs, two teams expected to be Western Conference cellar dwellers.
Barring any major roster changes or injuries, Minnesota will likely be favored in each of its first seven games. Nine of the Wolves’ first 12 games will be played at Target Center, a friendly runway for a team that will be acclimating newly acquired center Rudy Gobert and a number of other fresh faces into the fold.
The Wolves will pay for that down the stretch run of the season, when they play 17 of their final 26 games on the road.
Speaking of Gobert, he’ll get his first crack at his former team — Utah — in the second game of the season, when the Jazz visit Minneapolis on Oct. 21. Gobert’s return to Salt Lake City is slated for Dec. 9.
Surprisingly, off the heels of the blockbuster offseason trade, none of the four meetings between the Wolves and Jazz will be nationally televised, not even on NBA TV.
Utah is still a candidate to blow up its roster and be non-competitive this season, but an All-NBA player’s return to his former city traditionally warrants a larger audience.
Minnesota will get a warmer embrace from national audiences this season. After the Wolves originally were slated for just one game on ESPN or TNT last season — a number that increased by just one in the midst of Minnesota’s playoff season — the Timberwolves are set for 10 appearances on two of the league’s major TV markets during the 2022-23 season.
Minnesota’s first ESPN game of the year is Nov. 4, when the Wolves welcome neighboring Milwaukee to Target Center for a 9 p.m. local tipoff.
Including NBA TV games, Minnesota has 16 national TV games.
One of those NBA TV games is a home game against Memphis on Jan. 27. That’s a featured part of the NBA’s newfound “rivalry week.” After a number of competitive matchups last season and a compelling first-round playoff series, the Grizzlies and Wolves do have a nationally-recognized rivalry brewing.
Memphis, which features locals Tyus Jones and David Roddy, will make its other appearance in Minneapolis on Nov. 30.
Minnesota will welcome Andrew Wiggins and the defending NBA champion Warriors to Target Center on Sunday, Nov. 27 — one of four home matinees slated for this season. Another one of those comes at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, in a Martin Luther King Day matchup with Utah.
Holmgren’s other trip to Minneapolis is on Dec. 3. Jalen Suggs’ lone voyage to Target Center is set for Feb. 3, when the Magic are in town. Gary Trent Jr.’s Raptors visit on Jan. 19, while Tre Jones’ Spurs will play consecutive games in the Twin Cities on Oct. 24 and 26.
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