NBL1 Preview: Week 23 (19/20 March 2022) - live streams, stats and more

Some fights in the D1M are now settled, but others are beginning to reach boiling point with just a few games to go.

Just four points separate second to sixth, and Reading can book their ticket to the post-season this weekend as well.

Time is also running out down at the bottom, with Oaklands, Essex and Leicester all scrambling to avoid the bottom two.

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.

Reading Rockets (12-11) v London Lions II (9-13)

Reading go into this weekend knowing that a pair of successes across their double-header will guarantee their spot in next month's playoffs.

That includes a home tie with rivals London Lions, the only team that can catch the Rockets and deny them a top-eight finish.

The Lions come into this weekend with just one win from their last eight games however. They start their own double-header tomorrow against Thames Valley Cavaliers, with the second place team a tough opponent for any team this season.

Reading on the other hand, have a choice tie with basement side Oaklands to set them up for a meeting with the Lions.

Meshack Lufile in action for Reading (Todd Lindley)

Reading's Tyler Cartaino has been in stunning form in recent weeks, pushing the Rockets forward on his way to 19.3PPG and 7.6RPG in his debut NBL season.

Top scorer in each of his team's last three outings, the American dropped 31 points against top-four opponent Worthing a few weeks ago, showing his calibre at this level.

If London can slow the talented wing down remains to be seen, they rank third lowest in D1M with 91.6PPG allowed.


Elsewhere this weekend

The weekend begins with Oaklands Wolves (2-20) searching for a way to escape the bottom two as they host Reading, whilst Leicester Warriors' (4-20) own survival bid sees them take a trip to Team Newcastle University (14-9).

London Lions II will try to end their recent poor form but will have to overcome Thames Valley Cavaliers (17-6) in order to do it, with the Cavs still pushing to secure the #2 seed for the playoffs.

Regular-season champs Team Solent Kestrels (21-2) have shown no signs of letting up since sealing top spot, they'll look to keep on rolling in Yorkshire against Bradford Dragons (9-15).

There's a all-Midlands affair as Derby Trailblazers (16-7) look to continue their top four push at the expense of Nottingham Hoods (16-7), as Worthing Thunder (16-8) and Loughborough Riders (8-16) go head-to-head on the South Coast in Thunder veteran Zaire Taylor's final home game before retirement.

Moving into Sunday, there's a rematch of the 2022 National Cup final as Solent head up to Newcastle, with the hosts looking to avenge January's 109-66 defeat.

Essex Rebels (3-20) have no doubt got their final two games of the season, home and away against Oaklands, circled as their potential route to D1M survival. They still have one other game on their schedule, but an away game against Hemel Storm (15-8) is a tough match up.

Oaklands close the weekend with a tough tie of their own, they'll try to convert home court advantage into a vital W against Thames Valley Cavaliers.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 19 March

3pm - Oaklands Wolves v Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS

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

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

6:15pm - Bradford Dragons v Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS

7pm - Derby Trailblazers v Nottingham Hoods - LIVE STATS

7:30pm - Worthing Thunder v Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

Sunday 20 March

1pm - Team Newcastle University v Team Solent Kestrels - LIVE STATS

5pm - Reading Rockets v London Lions II - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

5pm - Hemel Storm v Essex Rebels - LIVE STATS

6pm - Oaklands Wolves v Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS

Main image credit - Todd Lindley