Timberwolves' potential path to surpass franchise win record

Brooklyn Nets v Minnesota Timberwolves
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Difficulty on the road, peace at home

@ Nuggets, Bulls, Rockets, Raptors, @ Suns, @ Lakers

There is definitely an argument that the Wolves would split the home games. However, both the away games will be wins and set the team on a nice win streak against the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, and Toronto Raptors. Unfortunately, the Suns and Lakers will give the Wolves trouble on the road and they'll drop both of these games.

Playing the Lakers in a probable, must-win situation to get out of the play-in tournament, while on the road is a recipe for disaster. Los Angeles always seems to turn it up a notch with the season on the line. A Timberwolves-Lakers matchup is not one to hope for come the postseason.

Projected record: 15-6

Easy East, wild West

Wizards, @ Nuggets, Hawks, Suns

All of these teams might be set in the standings to close out the season. Meanwhile, the Wolves are desperately gunning for the franchise record and to close out the regular season strong. This crop of teams may very well not be trying at this juncture of the season but can give the Wolves a path to the franchise record by winning all four.

Projected record: 19-6

There can be some mixing and matching, but this is a potential path for the Wolves to achieve their best season in the franchise's history. Although the 2003-04 squad won 58 games, this team is deeper from top to bottom.

That season, Minnesota relied heavily upon the trio of Kevin Garnett, Latrell Sprewell, and Sam Cassell. While the same can be said of Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Rudy Gobert, the Wolves run nine deep and roster six double-digit scorers.