Jazz edge ever closer

08 March 2018 09:00:19 EST

The Utah Jazz continued their surge towards a playoff place in the Western Conference on Wednesday with a 104-84 victory over the Indiana Pacers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Rudy Gobert paced the Jazz with 23 points as the 25-year-old Frenchman also pulled down 14 rebounds to post a double-double on the night.

Rookie Donovan Mitchell dropped in 20 points and Jae Crowder came off the bench to add a further 16 as Utah, 3/1 to win the Northwest Division, joined the Denver Nuggets with a 35-30 record, percentage points behind the Los Angeles Clippers with all three considered tied for eighth place in the Western Conference.

The Jazz are one team that no one will want to meet in the postseason as they have overcome the loss of Gordon Hayward to free agency.

On Friday the Jazz are in Memphis as they face the Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. Memphis currently have the worst record in the NBA, firmly rooted to the foot of the Western Conference with an 18-46 mark. The Grizzlies have lost 15 in a row including Wednesday's 119-110 defeat at the hands of the Bulls in Chicago.

Memphis will need to make their draft pick work this season as they owe next year's pick, with some protections, to the Boston Celtics, 5/2 to win the Eastern Conference.

A second-round pick from the Phoenix Suns appears unlikely to be conveyed and the additional shuffle of second-round picks over four trades means that the Grizzlies are likely to retain their own second-round pick with Charlotte's and Miami's selections heading to Orlando and Houston.

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