March Madness Betting Buzz Continues With Tonight’s Gonzaga Baylor Championship Game

March Madness betting season will conclude tonight with Gonzaga and Baylor squaring off for the National Championship.

How can New Jersey online bettors obtain action on tonight’s 2021 NCAA Tournament finale?

Just hit the books.

Expanded NJ online sportsbook menus satisfy any wagering appetite for tonight’s game.

Gonzaga-Baylor betting line

First, the basics. At DraftKings Sportsbook, Gonzaga -4.5 is an appealing line that is drawing interest from both sides. So is the over-under point total of 159. The moneyline of Baylor +155 is playable, while the -190 for Gonzaga is not.

Here’s how DraftKings bettors viewed the game 24 hours before the tipoff:

Baylor had 54% of the spread handle, while Gonzaga sported 59% of the bets.  This means that smaller wagers went on Gonzaga and bigger slams belonged to Baylor.

The under 159.5 (as of Sunday) received 61% of the money as the public believes this will be slightly lower-scoring than many of Gonzaga’s games.

Baylor also corralled 76% of the moneyline handle, which makes sense. There is little reason to pounce on the Gonzaga moneyline.

DraftKings + National Championship game promos

DraftKings customers may decide to roll with the razzle-dazzle promos specifically available for the Baylor-Gonzaga game.

Don’t want to lay 4.5 points with Gonzaga?

How about getting 4.5 points with the Bulldogs. That’s part of the Underdog Flip promo with a $25 maximum bet. Remember to select the boost in your bet slip before placing the bet to apply the boosted price.

New users get their piece of the action with an odds boost of 100-1. All it takes is a $5 deposit. Here are the basic rules:

  • Click the “choose now “ button on the  DraftKings Sportsbook promos page.
  • You will be issued a single-use 100-1 odds boost to use on either Gonzaga or Baylor in the National Championship game.
  • One bet per user
  • Max bet is $1

March Madness props menu

Looking for a creative props board to enhance the wagering selection?

There are several options for DraftKings customers.

One of them is which player will score the first bucket of the game. Here are some of the odds as of Monday morning:

  • Drew Timme of Gonzaga +350
  • Jared Butler of Baylor +450
  • Jalen Suggs of Gonzaga +500
  • MaCio Teague of Baylor +500

Another option is Baylor’s over-under for the first half. The line is 36.5 points, with the over at -117 and the under at -114.

Baylor’s game total is 77.5 with the over at -120 and the under at -107.

Gonzaga’s total is 39.5 for the first half, with -118 for the over and -125 for the under.

Gonzaga’s 81.5 game total carries -118 for the over and -108 for the under.

And what about bettors who can’t decide who wins or what the total score will be?

Take odds or evens for the final game total at -110 for each side. Here’s the best part: no handicapping necessary

William Hill offers rich player props

William Hill (Caesars) offers a rich player-prop section. In one area, odds reflect the sentiment that Davion Mitchell and Teague, from Baylor, will control this game far less than their last.

Mitchell has an over-under for assists at 5.5 with the over at +100 and the under -130.  This after recording 11 assists in Saturday’s 78-59 blowout semifinal win over Houston. This is a nice cushion to bet into, win, lose or draw.

Teague had six assists versus Houston. His over-under of 2.5 for the championship game is +110 for the over -140 for the under.

BetMGM + March Madness props

BetMGM also has a game-props lineup that enables good betting odds beyond the final score.

However, some may temporarily disappear so keep checking.

Baylor to cover +2.5 in the first half and then cover the +4.5 for the game returns +275.

Gonzaga to score 92 points and win has a payout of +575. This is intriguing because Gonzaga has been routinely counted upon to score in the high 80’s in this tournament. The 93 points Saturday against UCLA required overtime.

Baylor to score the first points and then Gonzaga to tally more than 87? It’s +425.

If Baylor wins the first half, but Gonzaga wins the game, that’s a +250 payout.

Want action on the first points of the game? Baylor is -110, Gonzaga is -125.

But one of the most interesting, and innovative betting selections comes under the “race” section. The race concerns the first team to reach 5, 10, 15 points, for example.

This is an excellent way to enjoy the action at varied points of the game. A back-and-forth contest, for instance, will have lead changes and different teams being first to reach certain plateaus.

So if you anticipate a rout, and are correct, there are riches waiting every five points.

The Madness for the ages

The championship game completes one of the greatest March Madness tournaments ever.

It has a chalk-based conclusion, with the teams ranked No. 1 and 2 in the nation most of the year now colliding for all the marbles.

But before this game, the tournament delivered numerous upsets and underdog stories. Who wouldn’t love Oral Roberts’ two wins, almost three, from the 15 seed?

And Oregon State, a 12, nearly making the Final Four.

Could it be any better than UCLA winning five games, including the play-in encounter, before taking the nation’s top team, Gonzaga, into overtime?

And how about the shot of the tournament, a near-half court bomb by Suggs as time expired in overtime, to put Gonzaga in the finals?

Among epic tournament moments, the Suggs sink ranks with Christian Laettner’s 1992 buzzer-beater for Duke against Kentucky in 1992.  The Laettner shot is tough to top, because Duke trailed by one point and needed his turnaround shot to avoid being eliminated.

Suggs was part of a tie game when he launched his bank-shot bullseye, but it’s an instant classic anyway.

Could the tournament end any better than Gonzaga, the perennial year-long powerhouse, seeking to complete a Cinderella story?

To give college basketball its first unbeaten season since Indiana unfurled a perfect 1976 campaign? The attempt, fittingly, plays out in Indiana.

This has been some ride. The 2021 March Madness, with all its pageantry, underscores a point to all New Jersey online sports bettors.

Boy, did we miss NCAA Tournament last year.

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Dave Bontempo

Dave Bontempo, a multiple national award-winning boxing commentator and writer, authors NFL betting columns for the Press of Atlantic City and IGaming Player, among others.