3 most difficult national TV games on Timberwolves schedule

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With the release of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ schedule for the 2023-24 season, fans can begin to get excited about matchups and plan which games they want to watch most or even attend. With how the Wolves persevered through adversity last season, there is a lot to be excited about.

We looked at how Minnesota got some help from the league schedulers when it comes to rest advantages against their opponents in the coming season. Add in Anthony Edwards’ continued development, and there are a lot of factors that suggest we could be in for a special season in the Twin Cities.

There are also some games that will provide more of a challenge to the Timberwolves than others. Including NBATV, Minny will be playing on national television 10 times during the upcoming season. A select few games will present a unique test for one reason or another.

1. vs Memphis Grizzlies on February 28 (ESPN)

The Memphis Grizzlies have become something of a rival to the Timberwolves over the last couple of seasons. Ja Morant is a young star that is comparable age-wise to Anthony Edwards, so it makes sense that both Wolves fans and Grizzlies fans want their star player to prove they are better than the other when these two teams meet.

But on top of that, the energy between these two teams intensified exponentially during the first round playoff series between Memphis and Minnesota in 2022. It was a series the Timberwolves absolutely had a chance of winning, and Edwards himself has gone on record saying they should have defeated the Grizzlies.

Since then, there has been an added tension between the Grizz and Wolves on the court. Last season, Minnesota went 2-2 against Memphis, with the home team winning all four contests. The February 28 game on ESPN will be on the second night of a back-to-back, so it will be an especially difficult one for the good guys.