NBL1 preview: 11/12 March 2023 - live streams, stats and more

D1M shares the spotlight with the KitKing Trophy this weekend, but that doesn't make the business end of the regular season any less important.

Despite the showpiece final from Surrey Sports Park tomorrow as Hemel and Worthing battle it out, there's still eight D1M games across the weekend, including five tomorrow.

With the number of weekends left in the regular season down to just four, it's still all to play for across the division.

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.

Team Newcastle University (10-10) vs Nottingham Hoods (10-13)

Two teams battling in the midtable meet tomorrow as Nottingham Hoods take a trip to Team Newcastle University.

Both sat on 10 wins, with Newcastle in the eighth and final playoff spot and Nottingham in ninth, this weekend's double-header (the two teams face off in Nottingham again on Sunday) represents a real opportunity for either side to make a late push for the post-season.

Four points still separate Thames Valley in tenth to Solent in fifth, meaning any team that can catch fire down the stretch has a strong chance of nailing down a spot in the playoffs.

It also means that a loss can quickly produce lost ground however, especially if they come against another team in that mid-table pack.

Neither side is in particularly strong form coming into the weekend, Newcastle are 3-2 in their last five whilst the Hoods are 2-3, though it is worth pointing out that Nottingham have played each of the top three in that stretch, Hemel, Worthing and Derby.

The Hoods are also further through their schedule than their North East counterparts, and after this weekend they'll have just one game remaining in their regular season schedule.

If the Midlanders can't pick up a win or two this weekend, that could well spell curtains for their 2022/23 campaign.


Elsewhere this weekend

London Lions II (5-15) and Essex Rebels (7-14) meet in the Capital to start the weekend, with the Rebels likely out of the playoff picture while the Lions would still like another win or two to create further separation between themselves and the potential relegation places.

Fifth hosts third as Team Solent Kestrels (11-10) entertain Derby Trailblazers (15-5) in what should be an entertaining encounter, whilst Thames Valley Cavaliers (9-12) try to keep their post-season hopes alive with Bradford Dragons (11-10) coming to town.

Relegation-threatened Manchester Magic (4-17) host Loughborough Riders (11-10) to end Saturday, with the North West side running out of time to pick up the points needed to ensure their place in D1M for next season.

Westminster Warriors (2-19) aren't mathematically confirmed for a place in bottom two just yet, but they're three wins off pulling level with London Lions as things stand with only five games left on the year.

One of those games is against London, but a win against Reading Rockets (12-9) on Sunday would be massive for the Warriors' survival hopes.

Nottingham and Newcastle play out the second leg of their back-to-back on Sunday afternoon, before Thames Valley and London Lions II also double up to bring the weekend to a close.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 11 March

3pm - Team Newcastle University vs Nottingham Hoods - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

4pm - London Lions II vs Essex Rebels - LIVE STATS

6pm - Team Solent Kestrels vs Derby Trailblazers - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

6:30pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers vs Bradford Dragons - LIVE STATS

7pm - Manchester Magic vs Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS

Sunday 12 March

4pm - Reading Rockets vs Westminster Warriors - LIVE STATS

4pm - Nottingham Hoods vs Team Newcastle University - LIVE STATS

6pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers vs London Lions II - LIVE STATS


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