Wolves Release 2009-10 Schedule

The Minnesota Timberwolves will tip off their 21st regular season in the National Basketball Association by hosting the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Target Center at 7 p.m. (CST).

The home portion of the Timberwolves schedule features 21 weekend dates (12 - Friday, 6 - Saturday, 3 - Sunday). The home schedule also includes 16 Wednesday, three Monday and one Tuesday games. The Wolves longest homestand this season is a four-game set (March 6-12). The Wolves have a pair of four-game road trips (Jan. 9-15 and March 14-19).

Highlights of the home portion of the Timberwolves’ schedule include the following: one visit by the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers (April 9); the lone visits of the season by NBA MVP LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers (Oct. 30) and Kevin Garnett's Boston Celtics (Nov. 4); a New Year's Day game versus the NBA runner-up Orlando Magic; a Martin Luther King Day matinee versus Philadelphia (Jan. 18) and two games with the Western Conference Finalist Denver Nuggets (Nov. 25 and March 10).

The Wolves will play Northwest Division opponents four times each (two home games/two road games), conference opponents outside the division three or four times each and Eastern Conference foes twice (once at home and once on the road). This year, Golden State, Houston, the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio are the four Western Conference opponents the Wolves play just three times.

Minnesota is scheduled to appear on national television twice, highlighted by an appearance on ESPN against the Phoenix Suns on Friday, Nov. 27 at Target Center. The Wolves will also appear on NBA TV against the Washington Wizards on Saturday, Dec. 26 at Target Center.

Minnesota’s 2009-10 local television broadcast schedule will be released at a later date, as will the date single-game home tickets go on sale. Following are key facts regarding the Wolves 2009-10 regular-season schedule, as well as a copy of the schedule with dates and starting times.

Key Facts About the Timberwolves 2009-10 Schedule
·By month, the schedule breaks down as follows: October (2 home, 0 away = 2 total), November (7 home, 8 away = 15 total), December (8 home, 8 away = 16 total), January (8 home, 8 away = 16 total), February (5 home, 7 away = 12 total), March (7 home, 7 away = 14 total), April (4 home, 3 away = 7 total).

·By day, the schedule breaks down as follows: Monday (3 home, 6 away = 9 total), Tuesday (1 home, 7 away = 8 total), Wednesday (16 home, 8 away = 24 total), Thursday (0 home, 0 away = 0 total), Friday (12 home, 7 away = 19 total), Saturday (6 home, 6 away = 12 total), Sunday (3 home, 7 away = 10 total).

·The Wolves enjoy one four-game homestand (March 6-12) and two three-game homestands (Jan. 18-22 and March 28-April 3).

·Minnesota has a pair of four-game road trips: Jan. 9-15 (CHI, DEN, HOU, MEM); March 14-19 (SAC, UTA, PHO, LAL). The team has three road trips of three games in length: Dec. 11-14 (LAL, SAC, UTA); Jan. 23-27 (MIL, NY, CLE); Feb. 23-26 (MIA, ATL, OKC).

·Of the 19 sets of back-to-back games, eight are of the away-away variety, six are home-away and five are away-home. Last season, the Wolves had 21 sets of back-to-back contests.

·The Wolves will open the regular-season slate versus New Jersey on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Target Center, marking the ninth straight season the club has opened at home, following three consecutive campaigns the team had started the season on the road. The Wolves are 12-8 in season openers, including 10-2 in season openers at home. Minnesota opened the 2008-09 campaign with a 98-96 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Timberwolves 2008-09 Opponent Breakdown
Northwest Division
Denver (H: 11/25, 3/10; A: 11/29, 1/11); Oklahoma City (H: 1/20, 2/21; A: 2/26, 4/4); Portland (H: 11/11, 2/27; A: 11/8, 11/21); Utah: (H: 12/5, 12/30; A: 12/14, 3/17).

Pacific Division
Golden State (H: 1/6, 4/7; A: 11/9); L.A. Clippers (H: 12/16, 1/29; A: 11/2, 11/23); L.A. Lakers (H: 4/9; A: 12/11, 3/19); Phoenix (H: 11/27, 3/28; A: 11/1, 3/16); Sacramento (H: 12/18, 3/31; A: 12/12, 3/14).

Southwest Division
Dallas (H: 11/13, 3/8; A: 2/5, 3/3); Houston (H: 11/18, 3/6; A: 1/13); Memphis (H: 12/2, 2/6; A: 11/14, 1/15); New Orleans (H: 12/9, 1/22; A: 12/4, 4/11); San Antonio (H: 3/12; A: 12/29, 4/12).

Atlantic Division
Boston (H: 11/4; A: 12/20); New Jersey (H: 10/28; A: 12/23); New York (H: 1/31; A: 1/26); Philadelphia (H: 1/18; A: 2/9); Toronto (H: 3/22; A: 12/8).

Central Division
Chicago (H: 2/19; A: 1/9); Cleveland (H: 10/30; A: 1/27); Detroit (H: 4/14; A: 2/16); Indiana (H: 1/8; A: 1/2); Milwaukee (H: 11/6; A: 1/23).

Southeast Division
Atlanta (H: 12/22; A: 2/24); Charlotte (H: 2/10; A: 3/24); Miami (H: 4/3; A: 2/23); Orlando (H: 1/1; A: 3/26); Washington (H: 12/26; A: 2/17).

2009-10 Timberwolves Regular-Season Schedule -- All Times Central
October
Wed. 28 New Jersey 7 p.m.
Fri. 30 Cleveland 7 p.m.

November
Sun. 1 At Phoenix 7 p.m.
Mon. 2 At L. A. Clippers 9:30 p.m.
Wed. 4 Boston 7 p.m.
Fri. 6 Milwaukee 7 p.m.
Sun. 8 At Portland 8 p.m.
Mon. 9 At Golden State 9:30 p.m.
Wed. 11 Portland 7 p.m.
Fri. 13 Dallas 7 p.m.
Sat. 14 At Memphis 7 p.m.
Wed. 18 Houston 7 p.m.
Sat. 21 At Portland 9 p.m.
Mon. 23 At L.A. Clippers 9:30 p.m.
Wed. 25 Denver 7 p.m.
Fri. 27 Phoenix 8:30 p.m.
Sun. 29 At Denver 7 p.m.

December
Wed. 2 Memphis 7 p.m.
Fri. 4 At New Orleans 7 p.m.
Sat. 5 Utah 7 p.m.
Tue. 8 At Toronto 6 p.m.
Wed. 9 New Orleans 7 p.m.
Fri. 11 At L.A. Lakers 9:30 p.m.
Sat. 12 At Sacramento 9 p.m.
Mon. 14 At Utah 8 p.m.
Wed. 16 L.A. Clippers 7 p.m.
Fri. 18 Sacramento 7 p.m.
Sun. 20 At Boston 5 p.m.
Tue. 22 Atlanta 7 p.m.
Wed. 23 At New Jersey 6:30 p.m.
Sat. 26 Washington 7 p.m.
Tue. 29 At San Antonio 7:30 p.m.
Wed. 30 Utah 7 p.m.

January
Fri. 1 Orlando 7 p.m.
Sat. 2 At Indiana 6 p.m.
Wed. 6 Golden State 7 p.m.
Fri. 8 Indiana 7 p.m.
Sat. 9 At Chicago 7 p.m.
Mon. 11 At Denver 8 p.m.
Wed. 13 At Houston 7:30 p.m.
Fri. 15 At Memphis 7 p.m.
Mon. 18 Philadelphia 2:30 p.m.
Wed. 20 Oklahoma City 7 p.m.
Fri. 22 New Orleans 7 p.m.
Sat. 23 At Milwaukee 7:30 p.m.
Tue. 26 At New York 6:30 p.m.
Wed. 27 At Cleveland 6 p.m.
Fri. 29 L.A. Clippers 7 p.m.
Sun. 31 New York 6 p.m.

February
Fri. 5 At Dallas 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 6 Memphis 7 p.m.
Tue. 9 At Philadelphia 6 p.m.
Wed. 10 Charlotte 7 p.m.
Tue. 16 At Detroit 6:30 p.m.
Wed. 17 At Washington 6 p.m.
Fri. 19 Chicago 7 p.m.
Sun. 21 Oklahoma City 6 p.m.
Tue. 23 At Miami 6:30 p.m.
Wed. 24 At Atlanta 6 p.m.
Fri. 26 At Oklahoma City 7 p.m.
Sat. 27 Portland 7 p.m.

March
Wed. 3 At Dallas 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 6 Houston 7 p.m.
Mon. 8 Dallas 7 p.m.
Wed. 10 Denver 7 p.m.
Fri. 12 San Antonio 7 p.m.
Sun. 14 At Sacramento 8 p.m.
Tue. 16 At Phoenix 9 p.m.
Wed. 17 At Utah 8 p.m.
Fri. 19 At L.A. Lakers 9:30 p.m.
Mon. 22 Toronto 7 p.m.
Wed. 24 At Charlotte 6 p.m.
Fri. 26 At Orlando 6 p.m.
Sun. 28 Phoenix 6 p.m.
Wed. 31 Sacramento 7 p.m.

April
Sat. 3 Miami 7 p.m.
Sun. 4 At Oklahoma City 6 p.m.
Wed. 7 Golden State 7 p.m.
Fri. 9 L.A. Lakers 7 p.m.
Sun. 11 At New Orleans 6 p.m.
Mon. 12 At San Antonio 7:30 p.m.
Wed. 14 Detroit 7 p.m.
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