We Have Your Lucky Lotto Numbers In This Week’s Grizzlies 3-pointer

Another week has passed us by and it has been very suspenseful with yet another Super Bowl coming down to the last second, American Idol finishing round one in Hollywood, and millions of people tuning into the Powerball drawing on Wednesday with the hopes of winning a quarter of a billion dollars with no luck (including me).  The Powerball jackpot is now at $310 million or roughly how much the NBA paid for the New Orleans Hornets.  In fact, if you were to hit the jackpot on Saturday (without having to split it of course) you would be able to purchase several NBA teams including the Hornets (current value of $285 million according to Forbes.com), the Hawks (current value of $270 million according to Forbes.com), and our very own Grizzlies (current value of $269 million according to Forbes.com). I have decided to “make my own luck” and help you do the same, by using this week’s 3-pointer to come up with a fool proof way to pick the lucky lotto numbers for Saturday’s Powerball drawing.  It is time for our weekly Grizzlies 3-pointer, three things the Grizzlies are doing, need to do, and will be doing to improve upon their success as a team on a weekly basis.

For entertainment purposes only.

1. What are the Grizzlies doing?
Struggling to stay in the playoff picture.  Memphis has a 3-7 record since their seven game win streak was snapped by the Trail Blazers on 1-24-12.  Therefore, you should play lucky number seven in honor of the Grizzlies’ longest win streak of the season, while avoiding the numbers 1, 24, and 12 because of that disastrous date the win streak was snapped.  It is hard to believe that this is the same team that led the Southwest Division just two weeks ago.  The Grizzlies are currently four and a half games out of first place in the division and are chasing the Jazz and Trail Blazers for the 8th seed in the West.  They have a chance to make up ground in the playoff race this week with two huge home games against teams currently ahead of them when they take on the Jazz and Rockets at home.  The last time Houston came to FedExForum the Grizzlies sent them home with a 20 point loss, so go ahead and play 20 as your next number.

2. What do the Grizzlies need to do?
Get more offensive production out of everybody.  You can grit and grind all you want, but at the end of the day it is about putting the ball in the basket.  Scoring has become a major issue for the Grizzlies during this skid as they are struggling to find consistency on the offensive end.  During their seven game win streak the Grizzlies averaged 102 points per game, but over their last 10 games that number has dropped drastically to just 87.1 points per game.  The Grizzlies have scored 100 or more points just once in their last 10 games, after topping 100 three times during their seven game win streak. Memphis is 12-4 when they score more than 90 points and just 1-9 when they score less than that, so it is safe to say that 90 is a magic number for Memphis and maybe for you too.  Since you can only pick a ball from 1-59 I recommend your next three numbers add up to 90 (remember to avoid the numbers I told you about earlier).

3. What will the Grizzlies do?
Have an All-Star for the first time since Zach Randolph did it in 2010.  While we will not know for certain until later on tonight (UPDATE: Marc Gasol named to the Western Conference All-Star team), I believe that Marc Gasol will be an All-Star reserve.   Gasol is fourth in defensive rebounds per game and blocks per game.  He is also averaging a double double so far this season.  So in honor of Gasol’s hard work and effort this season, the Powerball number should be his number 33.

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C.J. Hurt covers the Grizzlies for MemphiSport.  Follow him @churtj09 for live tweets from FedExForum. 

 

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