Blake Griffin and the LA Clippers look to dominate tonight against a Houston Rocket team that appears to have already started looking at lext season.

The Houston Rockets watched their 2011 NBA campaign come to a de facto close on Friday night, as the Memphis Grizzlies won to officially knock them out of the playoffs. It's anyone's guess how motivated the team is going to be in Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Toyota Center, and we tend to believe that Head Coach Rick Adelman are going to drop a total dud.

Strong Road Trip for Clip Joint

Blake GriffinIt's not all that often that you see the Los Angeles Clippers come up just a few points shy of a 4-0 ATS road trip, but that's where they're at right now on this last swing of the season. Los Angeles probably deserved better in a 107-96 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night, but it also has a solid 112-108 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder and a surprising upset of the aforementioned Grizz in this streak as well.

Mo Williams has really started to make a name for himself here with the Clip Joint, including when he scored 29 points against the Mavs on Friday. Believe it or not, the former Cleveland Cavaliers point guard may have found himself a niche. He is averaging 20.3 PPG, 6.0 APG, and 3.0 RPG over the course of his last three games, one of his best stretches of the entire season.

Houston, We Have a Problem

One could really tell that the Rockets packed it in for the season earlier this week. It was such a climb to get back into playoff contention after a shady first half of the season, and when the team really didn't make any eye-popping moves at the trade deadline, we all knew that it was in trouble. Houston looks like it is just ready for this season to end after losing to the lowly Sacramento Kings and the undermanned New Orleans Hornets on back to back nights earlier this week.

Scoring isn't the issue for Houston, as this is a club that has men like Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, and Kyle Lowry, which can all go off for 30+ point games at a moment's notice. However, these guys just do not play defense, and the big man in the middle to clog up the paint is noticeably missing.

As a result, teams are scoring 104.2 PPG and are shooting 47.0 percent from the field against the Rockets this year, numbers which really just aren't good enough at this level to make the playoffs in the Western Conference.

Competitive Clippers To Shine Again

The Clippers already know what it is like to win a game in this series, having done so at Staples Center back in March (106-103). On that day, Williams went off for 17 points and 11 assists in his best game to that point since the trade, while Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin, and Chris Kaman all scored 20+. Griffin and DeAndre Jordan combined for 30 boards.

If LA is going to dominate the paint like this against a team that really could just care less at this point, we like the chances for an upset on the NBA odds. Go with the Clippers on Saturday night.

My Pick: Take the Clippers