NBL1 preview: 1/2 April 2023 - live streams, stats and more

Hemel may have sealed the D1M title last Saturday, but there's still other spots up for grabs on the final weekend of the season.

With just the next two days to fit the any remaining games into, ten ties fill the weekend, meaning double-header action and a solid chance for some teams to make one last push up the table.

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

Hemel Storm (24-0) vs Worthing Thunder (21-3)

The top two clash on Sunday in one of the final games of the regular season, with Worthing taking a trip to champs Hemel.

Storm have a pair of games this weekend, hosting Solent tomorrow before their date with Thunder, though with the #1 seed already locked up, it remains to be seen how Coach Spinks' side will approach the weekend.

The game with Solent will serve as a solid dress rehearsal for what could be an opening-round tie in the post-season next weekend, with leaders Hemel entertaining the #8 seeds, which is a spot the Kestrels currently occupy.

The prestige of an unbeaten regular season is undeniable, but if Hemel are willing to risk injury and fatigue is something Storm will have to weigh up. That said, momentum is always important heading into a knockout environment, and taking a foot off the accelerator is never advisable.

No doubt Worthing would love to get one over on the undefeated leaders, and the opportunity to deal Storm a maiden loss ahead of the playoffs would be a big psychological boost. For that reason alone, Sunday's game is sure to be one to watch.


Elsewhere this weekend

The weekend begins with basement side Westminster Warriors (3-21) hosting Team Newcastle University (11-14), who also have nothing to play for as they can only tie with eighth place Solent on 24 points, and the Kestrels hold the head-to-head tiebreaker between the two.

Essex Rebels (7-18) welcome Manchester Magic (4-21), with both sides looking to sign off for 2022/23 with a victory.

Thames Valley Cavaliers (13-12) are one of the hottest teams in D1M right now and will put that streak to the test against fourth place Reading Rockets (15-9).

Hemel are at home to Solent as mentioned above, whilst Derby Trailblazers (19-5) are another team with a mock post-season game to play. They're at home to #6 Loughborough Riders (13-11), which would be a playoff game if the regular season ended right now.

The two sides are set to play a back-to-back this weekend, with the return leg being played in Loughborough 24 hours later.

Worthing end Saturday's schedule with a visit from Bradford Dragons (13-12), who have now made for the playoffs for the first time since 2019/20. Just two points separate Bradford in fifth from Solent in eighth however, so those places are still hotly contested.

Sunday contains four games, including a double up for Westminster as they take a trip to London Lions II (6-19), who have officially secured their future in D1M for another season.

Reading and Solent will do battle at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre, with Hemel vs Worthing and Loughborough vs Derby the other two games on the schedule.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 1 April

5:30pm - Westminster Warriors vs Team Newcastle University - LIVE STATS

6:30pm - Essex Rebels vs Manchester Magic - LIVE STATS

6:30pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers vs Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS

7pm - Hemel Storm vs Team Solent Kestrels - LIVE STATS

7:30pm - Derby Trailblazers vs Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS

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

Sunday 2 April

4pm - London Lions II vs Westminster Warriors - LIVE STATS

4pm - Reading Rockets vs Team Solent Kestrels - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

5pm - Hemel Storm vs Worthing Thunder - LIVE STATS

6pm - Loughborough Riders vs Derby Trailblazers - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM


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