NBL1 Preview: Week 10 (4/5 December 2021) - live streams, stats and more

The quarter-finals of the National Cup take place this Sunday, but that hasn't stopped seven D1M games from also filling the weekend.

With six games on Saturday and a lone fixture Sunday, there's still plenty for NBL fans to get their teeth into.

With the eight teams currently occupying the playoff spots all in action, there's a solid opportunity for some teams to make a move with the mid-season break now in sight.

We take a look at all the weekend's games below, with links to live stats and live streams at the bottom of the page.

Nottingham Hoods (4-2) v Derby Trailblazers (6-4)

Local rivalries reignite in the Midlands tomorrow as Nottingham host Derby.

Just four points separate these two sides, with the Trailblazers currently sat in fifth and the Hoods occupying the final playoff spot in eighth.

The visitors come into this one on the back of a three game winning streak that includes victories over Loughborough, Oaklands and Reading.

For Nottingham, they're trending in the opposite direction. Three losses on the spin across all competitions have allowed a spotless early record to slip. One of those recent defeats also came at home against Derby, going down 94-72 in the L Lynch Trophy quarter-finals.

Derby's Malcolm Smith has been in fine form this season (Lauren Newham)

Former D1M MVP Malcolm Smith went off in that previous meeting in October, dropping 32 points to go with eight boards and the DTB man is currently on fire in the league as well.

His 31 points last weekend against Reading was a performance worthy of a Team of the Week selection by Rebound's Chris Hughes and the Hoods will need to slow the American down to gain a positive result here.

Look out for Mo Williams trying to control the glass for the hosts. The former BBL man is one of only four men in D1M that currently averages double digits for rebounds (10.0rpg), throwing an impressive 14.6PPG into the mix for good measure.


Elsewhere this weekend

Title challengers Worthing Thunder (8-2) suffered just their second loss of the season last time out as they went down on the road to Thames Valley.

The South coast side will look to bounce back this weekend as they take a trip to struggling Loughborough Riders (3-7)

After the big win over Thunder, Thames Valley Cavaliers (6-2) will look to keep that momentum going as they host London Lions II (5-5).

TVC's Hakeem Sylla currently enjoys a league sixth best efficiency rate. He'll try to build on that against a Lions team that have lost four of their last five.

Ronald Blain will aim to keep his challenge for the league's scoring title on track tomorrow as Team Newcastle University (5-5) head to Leicester Warriors (1-8).

The American has been lighting it up of late and currently enjoys a D1M second best 29.3PPG. He went off last weekend to the tune of 44 points against another team in the bottom three, Essex Rebels, and there's a chance of a repeat performance tomorrow.

League leaders Team Solent Kestrels (9-1) will look to build on their four game winning streak as they entertain Bradford Dragons (4-4).

After a slow start, the Dragons have now won four in a row themselves but a trip to the South coast is a difficult prospect for any team, regardless of how in-form they are.

Essex Rebels (0-8) remain the only winless team in the league and that may not change this weekend as the basement side take on Hemel Storm (6-3).

Storm currently enjoy two of the league's top three scorers, with Taylor Johnson (#1, 30.1PPG) and Greg Poleon (#3, 26.0PPG) both playing some incredible basketball this season.

The fact the duo combined for 75 points in Hemel's last match against London Lions II suggests the American pair are in no mood to slow down, either.

Sunday's only tie sees Reading Rockets (4-3) going up against Oaklands Wolves (1-8).

With two teams set to face the prospect of relegation from D1M this year, the Wolves currently make up one of three teams on two points or less.

A trip to Reading will be a tricky one though, with the Rockets currently sat in ninth place and looking to make a move up the standings of their own.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 4 December

3pm - Nottingham Hoods v Derby Trailblazers - LIVE STATS

3pm - Leicester Warriors v Team Newcastle University - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

4pm - Loughborough Riders v Worthing Thunder - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

4:30pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers v London Lions II - LIVE STATS

6pm - Team Solent Kestrels v Bradford Dragons - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

7pm - Essex Rebels v Hemel Storm - LIVE STATS

Sunday 5 December

5pm - Reading Rockets v Oaklands Wolves - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

Main image credit - Evie Collier