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The 3-seed Minnesota Timberwolves will look to keep their season alive when they battle the 5-seed Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday. Dallas rallied to defeat Minnesota 116-107 on Sunday to take a commanding 3-0 lead in this 2024 NBA playoffs series. The Wolves (56-26), who are looking for their first trip to the NBA Finals, were 26-15 on the road during the regular season. The Mavs (50-32), who won the NBA title in 2010-11, were 25-16 on their home court during the year. Dallas lists Luka Doncic (knee) as questionable and Dereck Lively II (neck) as doubtful. Minnesota lists Mike Conley (calf) as questionable.

The game from American Airlines Center in Dallas will tip off at 8:30 p.m. ET. The Timberwolves are averaging an NBA sixth-best 108 points per game this postseason, while the Mavericks average 107.4, seventh-best. Dallas is a 1.5-point favorite in the latest Timberwolves vs. Mavericks odds from SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is 211. Before making any Mavericks vs. Timberwolves picks, be sure to check out what legendary handicapper Bruce Marshall has to say.

An in-demand guest on numerous sports talk radio and TV shows across the country, Marshall’s vast array of editorial work has been featured in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the New York Post and many other outlets. He has won various handicapping titles and also is working on several book projects. Marshall has crushed his NBA picks this season for SportsLine members, entering this matchup on a 195-143 run that has returned more than $3,800 for $100 players. Anybody following is way up.

Now, he has set his sights on Mavericks vs. Timberwolves and locked in his picks and NBA playoff predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Timberwolves vs. Mavericks:

  • Timberwolves vs. Mavericks spread: Dallas -1.5
  • Timberwolves vs. Mavericks over/under: 211 points
  • Timberwolves vs. Mavericks money line: Dallas -125, Minnesota +105
  • MIN: The Timberwolves have won 31 of their last 46 away games (+16.75 units on ML)
  • DAL: The Mavericks have covered the spread in 34 of their last 48 games (+18.60 units)
  • Timberwolves vs. Mavericks picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why the Mavericks can cover

Doncic has reached 30 or more points in all three games in the series. In Sunday’s win, he poured in 33 points, while adding seven rebounds, five assists and five steals. In 15 postseason games, all starts, he is averaging 28.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, nine assists and 1.7 steals in 41.9 minutes. He registered a triple-double in Game 2, with 32 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds.

Kyrie Irving continues his dominance. He has scored 20 or more points in each of Dallas’ last four postseason games, including a 33-point, four-assist and three-rebound performance in Sunday’s win. He scored 30 points, while adding five rebounds, four assists and one blocked shot in Wednesday’s Game 1 victory. Irving is averaging 22.4 points, 5.3 assists, four rebounds and 1.3 steals in 40.1 minutes this postseason. He has been red hot from the field. Irving is connecting on 49.2% of his field goals, including a blistering 44% from 3-point range, and 80.7% from the foul line. See which team to pick here.

Why the Timberwolves can cover 

Forward Jaden McDaniels has had a solid postseason and is coming off a 15-point performance in the Game 3 loss to Dallas. He scored 24 points and added four rebounds and three assists in Wednesday’s Game 1 loss. In the 98-90 series clinching Game 7 win over the defending champion Denver Nuggets in the conference semifinals, he had 23 points, six rebounds and two steals. In 14 playoff starts, McDaniels is averaging 12.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks.

Center Rudy Gobert is averaging a double-double during the postseason and has been a steady force for Minnesota. In 13 games, Gobert is averaging 12.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.1 blocks and one steal. He registered a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 109-108 Game 2 loss to the Mavericks. He has five double-doubles during this year’s playoffs, including a 19-point, 14-rebound effort in a 126-109 win at Phoenix in Game 3 of their first-round series. See which team to pick here.

How to make Mavericks vs. Timberwolves picks

Marshall is leaning Over on the point total. He has also identified a critical X-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing what it is, and which side to back, at SportsLine. 

So who wins Timberwolves vs. Mavericks in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, and which side of the spread is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Mavericks vs. Timberwolves spread to jump on, all from the expert who has returned more than $3,800 on his NBA picks this season, and find out.

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