Mar 29, 2024 - Sports

Wolves final 10 games will decide home court advantage in the playoffs

Anthony Edwards dunks a basketball over John Collins of the Utah Jazz

Anthony Edwards has stepped up in the absence of Karl-Anthony Towns. Photo: Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

While ownership drama brews off the court, the actual Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team has a crucial final 10 games starting Friday night.

Why it matters: How they play over this stretch will decide their playoff seeding and opponent.

State of play: The Wolves are 50-22 and in a tight three-way battle with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Securing the top seed would give them home court advantage through at least the conference finals.

  • They play Denver two more times, including Friday in the Mile High City. A win puts the Wolves in first place.

Yes, but: No matter their seeding, Minnesota will have a tough first-round opponent thanks to a stacked conference. They could be matched up with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant and the Phoenix Suns, or Luka Dončić and the Dallas Mavericks.

Between the lines: While Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, and Kyle Anderson have elevated their play with Karl-Anthony Towns out with a meniscus tear, the team's chances of a deep playoff run would be vastly improved if KAT comes back.

  • He had surgery on March 12 and will be reevaluated around April 9, according to the team. Playoffs begin April 20.

What we're watching: The Wolves have only once recorded more than 51 wins in a season -- in 2003-2004, when they won 58 games.

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