Tonight, the Grizzlies return home to take on the New Orleans Hornets in the final home game before a long and difficult West Coast road trip. The Grizzlies come in having won 11 of their last 12 games, and currently just a game out of 3rd place in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Hornets are a paltry 21-41 on the season, and 3-7 in their last 10 games. Folks, this is the exact definition of a trap game.

There really is no time for a letdown tonight, as Memphis will need to win as many of their remaining games as possible if they want to move up in the standings and avoid a first round matchup with Denver. Games like these, at home against inferior opponents, are games they have to win, need win, and should win. They will again likely be without both Darrell Arthur and Zach Randolph, but that doesn’t and shouldn’t matter.