The Timberwolves are the Western Conference's premier up and coming team. They haven't been anything more for sportsbettors than single game plays for the last decade or so, but that's all about to change. For too long, the Timberwolves were treading water in mediocrity, trying to make the leap from lottery lost squad to a playoff team. Every year was supposed to be different; the next year would be the year. But the Timberwolves eventually accepted their fate and began to rebuild properly when they traded Kevin Love in the summer of 2014. [+]

That set them up with No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, who was added to a core that would include Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine.

Winning the lottery in 2015 gave them Karl-Anthony Towns, who is almost a superstar already. Factor in Nemanja Bjelica, Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad, in addition to yet another top five pick in this coming draft, and they're sitting pretty moving forward.

That doesn't mean they're automatically Western Conference championship and NBA title plays. They actually aren't. 

It will take time for them grow as a unit, since they are still so young. But they are immediately, and for the first time in years, legitimate playoff candidates. If you can find sites willing to take bets on whether they'll make the playoffs, that's the way to go. Even investing in the overs on their win totals is a good decision.

Bigger futures, like conference championships and NBA title, will come later.

Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Lines Today

Take stock of the betting lines for the next Minnesota Timberwolves game here. Overs, unders, moneylines, spreads, start times. [+]

As is the case with all game lines, keep coming back here before you place your bet to make sure nothing has changed. Odds don't usually change for NBA tilts during the regular season, but they can for a variety of reasons.

Reviewing the most up to date lines before visiting the sportsbooks will inoculate you against unnecessary surprises.

Come back here whenever you want to see the Minnesota timberwolves schedule, including the scores of their past games. Doing so will drastically help simplify, and improve your betting process. [+]

Previous scores tell you when the Timberwolves struggle and when they thrive. Put even simpler, reviewing their past performances tells you how to bet on or against them depending on the venue and team.

Are the Timberwolves strong bets to cover at home? What about on the road? Are they hitting the over against crappy defenses? Do they fall in the under when facing awesome defenses?

Ask yourself these types of questions, and you'll discover patterns that leads to more and more winning wagers.

Looking ahead in the schedule, meanwhile, lets you plan for certain matchups. Offical game lines won't be available that far in advance, but you can see how the Timberwolves' roster, record and play style stacks up against their opponent, making it more likely you'll know which bets to place once the real lines are released.

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Minnesota Timberwolves Standings Right Now

This is your look at where the Minnesota Timberwolves sit in the standings. Checking back here often is particularly valuable for those planning to invest in midseason futures. [+]

Though the Timberwolves won't be conference or championshp plays for a little while, you need to make sure you know when the change actually takes place. Glancing at their record, then comparing it to those of known conference and championship contenders, will give you an idea of whether they're ready for such action.

Once they start rivaling the performances of the NBA's best teams, that's when you'll want to put serious consideration into their conference and championship odds.

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How To Win At Minnesota Timberwolves Betting

It has been a while since the Minnesota Timberwolves were a strong defensive team. Their offense has been potent at times, though, rendering them a viable over play after accounting for the shoddy points prevention. But that's all about to change.

Tom Thibodeau is now the head coach of this team, and he's known for turning around defenses. While it often takes time for this type of reinvention, the Timberwolves have the personnel in Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Zach LaVine and Ricky Rubio to make marked improvement from the jump.

And that means bettors shouldn't be investing heavily in either the over or under for the Timberwolves to start the season. It's too risky. 

If they emerge as a solid bet one way or the other as the season progresses, that's fine. But you'll need an adequate sample to see which side, the over or the under, is best suited for this team. And you may not come to find one. The Timberwolves could be one of the more balanced squads in the league, thus rendering them only situational over/under plays.

 

Treat them as such from now on, unless a distinct pattern emerges. This decidedly limits your action on both the over and under fronts, but better balance does mean the Timberwolves will be more worthy of moneyline and spread wagers. Experiment with those for the time being.

In the immediate future, you'll find serious success when betting on the Minnesota Timberwolves by viewing them as surprises no one is quite on to just yet.

Basically, this means you should try taking the unexpected routes. Bet some moneylines on games they aren't supposed win if they match up particularly well with that team. Pick them to cover spreads against teams they normally wouldn't cover against. 

Most of all, specifically for this coming season, try funneling money into the over on their win totals—unless, of course, the total is truly absurd.

The Western Conference is going through a transition. It is still top heavy, but there isn't a deep well of championship contenders.

Pretty much everyone other than the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs can beat everyone else. There is parity, perhaps not in a good way, but there is definitely parity in that bottom portion of the West.

That gives the Timberwolves ample opportunity to win more games than we expect. That, coupled with their stable offense and inevitable improvement on defense, firmly puts them on the over side of win projections. 

So if you find sportsbooks that set their number of wins substantially below .500, don't be afraid to liberally play the over. It will, in all likelihood, pay off down the road.