Phoenix Mercury Lean On New Coach To Lead Team To WNBA Title In 2022

The Phoenix Mercury ended the 2021 season on a high note and are looking to continue the success into the 2022 season, but after parting ways with their long-time coach, the team will be led by a new face.

The Mercury are no strangers to success but after reaching the 2021 WNBA Finals, they fell short of winning the 2021 Championship. That is when the team’s General Manager, Jim Pitman, felt it was the right time to look for a new coach to lead the all-star team. Sandy Brondello’s contract was expiring after leading the Mercury since 2014. So after the 2021 Finals, Brondello and the Mercury mutually parted ways.

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The Phoenix Mercury’s New Coach

It didn’t take long for the Mercury to hire the perfect coach for the team. Vanessa Nygaard will fill the spot as head coach and couldn’t be a better fit. Best known for playing for Stanford from 1993 to 1998. Nygaard is also a previous WNBA player. On top of having the experience as a player. She was an assistant coach to the Las Vegas Aces last season, so she also has previous coaching experience. She is not only experienced, but she is also passionate and prepared. This is the right move for the Mercury, who are looking to continue their years of success and looking to add another championship to their franchise.

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The Success of The Phoenix Mercury

The Mercury have been one of the best in the league since debuting in 1997. And after such a successful season 2021, they give Arizona bettors another team to bet on, especially since they call the Footprint Center home, the same spot that hosts FanDuel’s retail sportsbook. With the Mercury earning a spot in the 2021 WNBA Finals it doesn’t look like they will be slowing down anytime soon. Their roster is full with some of the most talented in the WNBA including Brittney Griner, Brianna Turner, Skylar Diggins-Smith, and Diana Taurasi, who is arguably one of the best to ever suit up for the WNBA. Taurasi’s contract is good through at least 2022 and has mentioned that she has every intention to fulfill her contract and return for the 2022 season with The Mercury. With the right new head coach, this just might be the season The Mercury will be able to get Taurasi her fourth WNBA title.

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The Phoenix Mercury 2022 Sports Betting Prediction

With the 2022 season tipping off on May 6, this might be the right time to start thinking about placing your bets on the Phoenix Mercury to win it all. The Mercury have won five Western Conference titles and three WNBA Championships and with a roster stacked with talent and now a new head coach that has the experience and drive, 2022 is looking to be the year that they will add more hardware.

Early betting odds for the 2022 WNBA title have Phoenix among the favorites.

At FanDuel Arizona, the Mercury’s championship odds are +500. They are listed behind the Las Vegas Aces (+350), Chicago Sky (+400), and the Connecticut Sun (+400).

You can get a better price at Caesars Arizona, which has Phoenix listed at +1000. Five teams, including the Minnesota Lynx, have better odds at Caesars.

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