The Gonzaga Bulldogs opened as 4.5 point favorites over the Baylor Bears for Monday's national championship game, per BettingPros consensus odds.
Many sportsbooks like William Hill and DraftKings had Gonzaga as six-point favorites over Baylor on a lookahead line earlier in the week. However, the recency bias of Baylor's dominating 19-point win over Houston and Gonzaga's overtime squeaker against UCLA forced oddsmakers to lower the spread by a point and a half. That has not stopped bettors from backing the favorites, as 57% of the bets and 67% of the money thus far has been wagered on Gonzaga. Both teams are 4-1 ATS in their five NCAA tournament games to this point. Gonzaga's moneyline odds are -210 compared to Baylor's +165, and the over/under has been set at 159.5.