Apr 29, 2001 7:51 PM

The San Antonio Spurs are a 3½ or 4-point favorite (depending on the sports book) against the Minnesota Timberwolves for Game 4 of their Western Conference first round series. The total opened 176½.

The T-Wolves avoided elimination Saturday by beating the Spurs in Game 3. Game 4 is Monday in Minnesota (5 p.m. PST). The Spurs lead the series, 2-1.

The Milwaukee Bucks, who lost to the Orlando Magic in Game 3 Saturday, are a 1½-point favorite for Game 4 Tuesday 4 p.m. In that Eastern Conference match-up, the total opened 199½. The Bucks lead the series, 2-1.

The Dallas Mavericks, who also avoided elimination in Game 3 Saturday by beating the Utah Jazz, are a 4-point favorite against them for Game 4 Tuesday 6 p.m. The total opened 188. The Jazz lead the series, 2-1.