The Dallas Mavericks will look to put an end to their series with the Minnesota Timberwolves when they meet in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday. Dallas earned a 116-107 win on Sunday to grab a commanding 3-0 lead. The Mavs (50-32), who have never lost to Minnesota in the postseason in six previous games, are 5-2 on their home court in the 2024 NBA playoffs. The T'Wolves (56-26), who are 5-2 on the road this postseason, had lost in the first round of their three previous playoff appearances. Dallas lists Luka Doncic (knee) as questionable and Dereck Lively II (neck) as doubtful. Minnesota lists Mike Conley (calf) as questionable.

The game will tip off at 8:30 p.m. ET from American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Timberwolves have allowed the fourth-fewest points per game this postseason at 102.1, while the Mavericks are allowing 103.9, sixth-fewest. The Mavs are 1.5-point favorites in the latest Timberwolves vs. Mavericks odds from SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 211.5. 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: 211.5 points
  • Timberwolves vs. Mavericks money line: Dallas -122, Minnesota +103
  • 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

Power forward PJ Washington has reached double-digit scoring in all three games of the series, including a 16-point, eight-rebound and two assist effort in Sunday's Game 3 win. He has recorded three double-doubles this postseason, including a 29-point, 11-rebound and four-assist effort in a second round Game 2 win at Oklahoma City. He also had 21 points and 12 rebounds in Game 4 of that series, and 10 points and 10 rebounds in Game 5. In 15 postseason starts this season, he is averaging 14 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 36.3 minutes.

Also averaging double-digit scoring for Dallas this postseason is small forward Derrick Jones Jr. In Sunday's win over the Timberwolves, he scored 11 points, while adding two assists and two rebounds. He scored a playoff-high 22 points, while adding four rebounds and two assists in the decisive Game 6 second-round win over Oklahoma City. In Wednesday's Game 1 win over Minnesota, he scored eight points and added four rebounds and two assists. In 15 postseason starts, he is averaging 10.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 blocks. 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.