NBL1 preview: 26/27 November 2022 - live streams, stats and more

D1M moves into the final weekend of the month, meaning we're also edging closer to December's mid-season break.

With the planned hiatus allowing teams to reset and take stock before a further push in the New Year, each side will want to be as well set as possible to head into Christmas on a high.

Each and every point available between now and then will be valuable, starting with six games this coming weekend.

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

Reading Rockets (1-5) vs London Lions II (1-6)

Two teams struggling at the wrong end of the table meet in Sunday's only game, with London Lions II taking a trip to Reading Rockets.

Both teams started 2022/23 with sizable losing streaks, the Rockets dropped five in a row before beating Bradford last weekend, whilst the Lions also dropped their first five games before finding success.

It should be noted that both sides have already played unbeaten pace setters Worthing and Hemel in the early going, plus sixth placed Newcastle. Reading have also tacked on tricky ties against Nottingham (4th) and Derby (3rd), suggesting their schedule is due to lighten up from here on.

In fact only one of Reading's opponents between now and the mid-season break resides in the top six (Loughborough in 5th), and coach Nuruzade's side would love to be three or even four wins better off by the time 2023 arrives.

To make that push the Rockets will no doubt lean heavily on American Troy Cracknell. Leading his side in efficiency, points per game (16.3), rebounds per game (6.7) and steals per game (1.8), the talented import is a key cog for his side.

By comparison the Lions have enjoyed solid production of late from Igor Stokic, with the 6'7" forward putting up a 23 point, 15 rebound double-double in London's only D1M win of the season, a 95-79 victory over Westminster.

He also had a joint team-high 17 points last weekend as the Lions lost out against Loughborough, suggesting he could be a man to carry the Londoners to success in the coming weeks.

Both these teams really need some momentum and points on the board quickly to avoid a season mired in a fight at the bottom of the standings, but only one team can emerge victorious this weekend.


Elsewhere this weekend

That leaves five games tomorrow to make up the weekend's schedule, starting with Essex Rebels (3-4) at home against Team Solent Kestrels (1-5).

Reigning champs Solent have struggled this season, providing lone wins on the campaign to both Manchester and Westminster. A trip to Essex to play a Rebels team coming off a solid victory in Newcastle could extend their woes, however.

Westminster Warriors (1-6) have found wins difficult to come by upon their return to D1M, but they have a home tie with Loughborough Riders (4-3) to try and improve their fortunes tomorrow.

Thames Valley Cavaliers (3-4) will be trying to find a way to move on from a humbling 113-66 defeat to Hemel last time out. The Cavs welcome 6th place Team Newcastle University (4-2), who will no doubt be itching for a bounce back performance of their own after a loss to Essex last time out

One of the league's two unbeaten sides, Worthing Thunder (7-0), face a stern road test as they head to Nottingham Hoods (5-2). With a roster to trouble any team in D1M, the Hoods will be a tough opponent despite Worthing's dominance so far.

That leaves Bradford Dragons (3-3) to take a short trip over to Manchester Magic (1-6) to close Saturday's line up.

Despite needing seven games to pick up their first win of the season, Manchester are one of five teams propping up the table on one win. That means there's a real opportunity to start moving up the standings  this weekend against a Bradford team who lost to Reading last Saturday.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 26 November

2pm - Essex Rebels vs Team Solent Kestrels - LIVE STATS

5:30pm - Westminster Warriors vs Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS

6:30pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers vs Newcastle University - LIVE STATS

7pm - Nottingham Hoods vs Worthing Thunder - LIVE STATS

7pm - Manchester Magic vs Bradford Dragons - LIVE STATS

Sunday 27 November

4pm - Reading Rockets vs London Lions II - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM



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