Baylor vs. Gonzaga Prediction

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SPOKANE, WA (ATS Consultants) Baylor has won three straight games but faces a daunting task tonight versus No. 13 Gonzaga. Which team will cover?

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GAME INFO: Baylor (8-3 SU, 3-4 ATS) is coming off a 79-64 win over BYU, laying 7 on Dec. 21. Gonzaga (11-1 SU, 6-4 ATS) has won two straight after beating Campbell, 74-52 on Dec. 19 and Kansas State on Dec. 15, giving 9.5. The Baylor Bears travel to the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash. to face Gonzaga at 8pmET.

ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Gonzaga is a 9.5-point favorite versus Baylor while the over/under total is currently sitting at 143 points. The Bears are 8-3 on the year while the Bulldogs are 11-1.

LINE MOVEMENT: Gonzaga opened as a 8.5-point favorite and jumped to  9.5 in most books. The total opened at 143 and remainder there at most books.

PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 51% of college basketball public bettors currently favor Baylor. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL FREE PICK: Take Baylor. According to latest college basketball trends, Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. West Coast Conference, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games following three or more consecutive home games.  

Gonzaga will face Baylor (8-3) and 22nd-ranked Oklahoma State in Stillwater on New Year's Eve before league play begins Thursday at Pepperdine. The Bears arrive in Spokane on a season high-tying three-game winning streak. Pierre Jackson, the Big 12 scoring leader with 19.0 points per game, had 16 points and dished out nine assists as all five starters reached double figures in last Friday's 79-64 victory over BYU. Gonzaga takes the court for the first time since a 74-52 victory over Campbell on Dec. 19. The Zags have the size to compete but their guards lack great quickness. Guards Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. will try to slow down Jackson, Brady Heslip and A.J. Walton. Baylor big men Cory Jefferson and freshman 7-footer Isaiah Austin are averaging a combined 29.7 points, 22.3 boards and 4.0 blocks during this winning streak. The Bears can match their size and will have the quickness in the backcourt to take this down to the wire and cover it.

FRIDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL FREE PICK: BAYLOR BEARS +9.5

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