Timberwolves Championship Odds Take Massive Leap After Game 1 Win

Larry Rupp
The Minnesota Timberwolves' championship odds have taken a massive leap after their Game 1 win.
The Minnesota Timberwolves' championship odds have taken a massive leap after their Game 1 win. / Christine Tannous-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Timberwolves took care of business during the NBA Play-In tournament to earn the Western Conference's No. 7 playoff seed. Going up against the Memphis Grizzlies is no easy task, but the Wolves pulled off a huge upset win in Game 1 and it has caused their championship odds to jump.

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Minnesota entered FedEx Forum on Saturday night as 6.5-point underdogs, but emerged as victors by a score of 130-117. They now own home-court advantage in the first round and have their eyes set on taking down an MVP candidate in Ja Morant.

The Timberwolves' odds to win the NBA Championship sat at +10000 heading into that game and have since skyrocketed to +5500. Head coach Chris Finch has his team playing some of its best basketball of the season and his players are motivated to prove they aren't messing around.

Forward Anthony Edwards made his playoff debut by dropping an impressive stat line of 36 points, 6 assists and 2 rebounds. He became the fourth-youngest player in NBA history to score 30 points in a playoff game (20 years old) and showcased why Minnesota drafted him No. 1 overall in the 2020 draft.

Don't forget about Karl-Anthony Towns' ability to rack up boards (11.3 rebounds per game) and D'Angelo Russell's tendency to find open teammates (7.1 assists per game), too. Minnesota's big three has balance and tenacity, which makes the T-Wolves a daunting opponent moving forward.

The Timberwolves and Grizzlies meet up in Game 2 on Tuesday night. Memphis enters that one as a 6.5-point favorite, per FanDuel Sportsbook.

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