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Professional basketball in Mississippi River Country

Grab a seat at one of these lively basketball arenas–here’s a closer look at the NBA teams in Mississippi River Country.

Benny the Bull of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center
Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism

Timberwolves, Bucks and Grizzlies, oh my! No, these aren’t the creatures you’re likely to run into when traveling through Mississippi River Country; basketball fans will know them as some of the NBA teams that call this part of the country home. Grab a seat at one of these arenas—here’s a closer look at the NBA teams in Mississippi River Country.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Founded: 1989

Where they play: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (opened: 1990; capacity: 18,798)

About the Timberwolves: Play in the Western Conference’s Northwest Division … the Timberwolves have made 9 playoff appearances in franchise history, reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2003-04 … returned to the playoffs in 2017-18 after a 14-year absence

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Milwaukee Bucks

Founded: 1968

Where they play: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (opened: 2018; capacity: 17,341)

About the Bucks: Play in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division … the Bucks have won 15 division titles and 2 conference titles … Milwaukee won the NBA Finals in 1971, defeating the Baltimore Bullets … Fiserv Forum is the second-newest stadium in the NBA

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Chicago Bulls

Founded: 1966

Where they play: United Center, Chicago, Illinois (opened: 1994; capacity: 20,917)

About the Bulls: Play in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division … known as having one of the NBA’s greatest dynasties, winning 6 NBA Finals with superstar Michael Jordan from 1991-98 … Chicago has won 9 division titles and 6 conference titles, as well as the 6 championships … Bulls share the United Center with Chicago’s NHL team, the Blackhawks

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Memphis Grizzlies

Founded: 1995

Where they play: FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee (opened: 2004; capacity: 18,119)

About the Grizzlies: Play in the Western Conference’s Southwest division … originally established as the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995 and moved to Memphis in 2001 … only professional sports team based in Memphis … the Grizzlies have made 10 playoff appearances in team history, reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2012-13

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New Orleans Pelicans

Founded: 2002

Where they play: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana (opened: 1999; capacity: 16,867)

About the Pelicans: Play in the Western Conference’s Southwest division … established as the New Orleans Hornets in 2002-03 … temporarily located to Oklahoma City from 2005-07 but returned to New Orleans for the 2007-08 season … renamed the New Orleans Pelicans in 2013 … have won one division title and appeared in the playoffs 7 times

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