Portland Trail Blazers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: The Journey to a Rivalry

When Do the Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers Play Next?

Minnesota Timberwolves tickets and Portland Trail Blazers tickets can be found on their respective team pages, along with schedule information.

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Are the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Portland Trail Blazers Rivals?

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers have only met once in the postseason and the Trail Blazers’ best seasons were either during the Timberwolves’ infancy or while they were amid rebuilds. The Trail Blazers haven’t been to the NBA Finals since 1992 and the Timberwolves have never reached them. While Minnesota is building a contender right now, the Trail Blazers are trying to build up their team with youth. As a result, this is not the most heated rivalry.

Who are the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Biggest Rivals?

The Memphis Grizzlies are the Minnesota Timberwolves’ biggest rivals. Both of these franchises have battled for playoff positioning in the Western Conference for years and featured some great battles with the game’s top centers and power forwards. Karl-Anthony Towns, Zach Randolph, Bryant Reeves, Rudy Gobert, Marc Gasol, and Kevin Garnett have all battled down low against one another. Minnesota also has bad blood with Chicago and Milwaukee.

Who are the Portland Trail Blazers’ Biggest Rivals?

The Los Angeles Lakers are the biggest rival of the Portland Trail Blazers. These teams have matched up in the postseason 12 times, so players and fans alike are not fond of their counterparts. Unfortunately for Portland, L.A. has won 10 of the 12 series, including the last six. Portland has played more games against the Lakers than any other opponent in its history. The Lakers hold a 166-131 edge in the series. Portland previously had a bitter rivalry with the now defunct Seattle SuperSonics franchise, which was known as the I-5 rivalry.

Game Results Between the Trail Blazers & Timberwolves

The Timberwolves won the only meeting of the two teams so far this season on January 12. The last three Trail Blazers vs. Timberwolves games this season are on February 13 and 15 in Portland and March 4 in Minneapolis.

DateHome TeamAway TeamLocationWinnerScore
2024-01-12 TimberwolvesTrail BlazersTarget CenterMinnesota116-93
2023-04-02 TimberwolvesTrail BlazersTarget CenterPortland107-105
2023-01-04 TimberwolvesTrail BlazersTarget CenterMinnesota113-106
2022-12-12 Trail BlazersTimberwolvesModa CenterPortland133-112
2022-12-10 Trail BlazersTimberwolvesModa CenterPortland124-118
2022-03-07 TimberwolvesTrail BlazersTarget CenterMinnesota124-81
2022-03-05 TimberwolvesTrail BlazersTarget CenterMinnesota135-121
2022-01-25Trail BlazersTimberwolvesModa CenterMinnesota109-107
2021-12-12 Trail BlazersTimberwolvesModa CenterMinnesota116-111
2021-03-14 TimberwolvesTrail BlazersTarget CenterMinnesota114-112

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trail Blazers History

Portland has dominated the series, winning 93 games compared to 43 losses. The Trail Blazers had a stretch where they made the postseason in 27 out of 28 seasons, winning a title in 1977 and reaching the Finals in 1990 and 1992. It has only reached the conference finals three times since then, one of the times having to go through the Timberwolves. In 2000, Portland topped Minnesota in the first round. Both teams hit rough patches in 2005 and continued to struggle for a few seasons until the Trail Blazers returned to the playoffs in 2009. The Timberwolves’ absence from the postseason lasted until 2018. The teams have been in the same division since 2004, with Portland capturing two division titles and Minnesota still looking to capture its first. Both teams have had Rick Adelman as their head coach.

Where Do the Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves Play?

The Portland Trail Blazers play at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. It opened in 1995 and has been the home of former basketball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and arena football teams.

The Minnesota Timberwolves play at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is a popular concert venue and also the home of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.

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