NBL1 & National Cup preview: 2/3 December - live streams, NBL Live, stats and more

It's all kicking off to start December with D1M action, National Cup games plus another dose of NBL Live.

Six games fill out the D1M options for tomorrow before five Round of 16 games take place as part of the NBL National Cup on Sunday.

John Hobbs and Ralston Humble will also be at Nechells Wellbeing Centre for City of Birmingham's clash with London Elite as part of the latest installment of the NBL Live series.

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

City of Birmingham Rocket (4-2) vs London Elite (1-6)

The NBL Live cameras will be in the West Midlands on Saturday night to catch City of Birmingham Rockets hosting London Elite.

After a solid start to the season, CoB have dropped two of their last three games, including sizable 94-60 defeat against Essex last weekend.

The perfect tonic for those ills could be a visit from a London Elite side still trying to get up to speed with life in top flight.

Their lone win so far came against winless Barking Abbey, though a five-point loss against Newcastle and a six-point defeat against Thames Valley suggests for former D2 standouts aren't far off the pace.

The Rockets' home court hasn't been too kind to them this season, with a 1-2 record on their own patch. If that can be enough to jump-start London into what would be a surprise win remains to be seen, but John Hobbs will be on hand to bring you all the action from 7:30pm.


Elsewhere this weekend

The weekend begins in the North East as Newcastle University (3-2) try to pick up their fourth win of the season against Thames Valley Cavaliers (2-6), who haven't won on their travels since the opening day of the season.

Nottingham Hoods (5-3) claimed a pair of big wins last weekend against Loughborough. The Hoods will look to keep that momentum going with a home tilt against in-form Essex Rebels (6-1).

That means Loughborough Riders (5-3) are in need of a bounce-back performance, after dropping both the home and away legs of last weekend's double-header with the Hoods. A visit from winless Barking Abbey (0-8) could help the Riders get back on track.

Two sides with title aspirations meet in Hertfordshire as Hemel Storm (5-2) entertain Reading Rockets (5-1). Neither side will want to lose ground in the bid to catch Essex and Derby at the top, but only one side can claim the points tomorrow.

Closing the day alongside CoB vs London Elite is Worthing Thunder's (2-4) home tie against Bradford Dragons (2-6). Both teams would have expected greater returns in the win column at this stage of the season but have failed to capitalise so far. 

National Cup

Round five of the NBL National Cup continues this weekend, with 10 teams trying to join Worthing Thunder in the draw for the quarter-finals

Former winners Manchester Magic host Derby Trailblazers, whilst another D2 side, Milton Keynes Breakers, will entertain Nottingham Hoods.

Reading Rockets are another side taking on D2 opposition in the form of Greenwich Titans, and there's also a D1 co-leaders Essex Rebels have an hour's drive north to take on Endeavour Ipswich Basketball.

The only other game on Sunday is a London derby between Barking Abbey and CoLA Southwark Pride, with the D3 side looking to take advantage of BA's winless form in D1.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 2 December - D1M

2pm - Newcastle University vs Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS

3pm - Nottingham Hoods vs Essex Rebels - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

6pm - Loughborough Riders vs Barking Abbey - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

7pm - Hemel Storm vs Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS

7:30pm - Worthing Thunder vs Bradford Dragons - LIVE STATS

7:30pm - City of Birmingham Rockets vs London Elite - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

Sunday 3 December - NBL National Cup

1pm - Barking Abbey vs CoLA Southwark Pride

3pm - Endeavour Ipswich Basketball vs Essex Rebels

4pm - Reading Rockets vs Greenwich Titans - LIVE STREAM

5pm - Milton Keynes Breakers vs Nottingham Hoods

5:30pm - Manchester Magic vs Derby Trailblazers


Main image credit - Ivan Grotsev