NBL1 preview: 18/19 November - live streams, stats and more

D1M is the only topic of conversation this weekend, with six games spread across the two games.

That includes a clash with a local rival for leaders Derby, plus a meeting between second and third as Reading welcome Essex.

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.

Loughborough Riders (4-1) vs Derby Trailblazers (5-1)

Derby make the short trip down the M1 tomorrow to take on local rivals Loughborough.

Both teams currently occupy a spot in the top four following strong starts to the season, and both outfits already knocking off reigning champs Hemel through the opening weeks.

That form suggests it's hard to bill this as anything other than an early scrap between two potential title contenders, with neither side wanting to lose ground.

DTB's Sam Masten currently leads D1M with 26.2PPG, shooting 44.4% from three-point range and dishing 5.7APG for good measure. It's no surprise, given that kind of output, that the American also tops the league's efficiency charts and his performance tomorrow is sure to have a big say on the outcome.

Corey Johnson has also provided a spark off the Derby bench with 5.5APG, and that's without even factoring in the play of the ever-present Malcolm Smith or the returning Jase Harrison, who made his way into the most recent Rebound Team of the Week.

Masten's match-up with Elijah Bailey (21.0PPG) is sure to be one to watch this weekend, with Justin Hedley (15.0PPG, 9.6RPG, 5.0APG) also making some key contributions for the Riders.

Both these teams average over 90.0PPG this season, so there should be plenty of offence to go around in what is expected to be an exciting contest.


Elsewhere this weekend

The weekend begins in the Midlands as Nottingham Hoods (3-2) welcome City of Birmingham Rockets (3-1) in a meeting between two teams well placed and looking to cement their spot in the playoff places.

Bradford Dragons (2-4) suffered a slow start to the season but have now won two of their last three games. That uptick in form will be put to the test this weekend with a visit from reigning champs Hemel Storm (3-2).

There's an important clash lower down the standings at Thames Valley Cavaliers (1-5) play host to London Elite (1-4). The Cavs find themselves in somewhat unknown territory of late, occupying 11th spot after five straight seasons finishing in the top six.

Saturday closes with another team on a downturn, Worthing Thunder (1-4), taking on basement side Barking Abbey (0-6).

Thunder were playoff finalists in 2022/23 but haven't been able to replicate that level of play so far, making them a prime candidate for what would be Barking's maiden win of the season.

Sunday's only game is a good one, with the division's only unbeaten side Reading Rockets (4-0) taking on in-form Essex Rebels (4-1).

Home advantage may swing this one in the Rockets' favour, with Essex's road record standing at 1-1. Either way, the game should provide a good gauge of where both teams are at as we head towards the mid-season break.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 18 November

3pm - Nottingham Hoods vs City of Birmingham Rockets - LIVE STATS

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

6:15pm - Bradford Dragons vs Hemel Storm - LIVE STATS

7pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers vs London Elite - LIVE STATS

7:30pm - Worthing Thunder vs Barking Abbey - LIVE STATS

Sunday 19 November

4pm - Reading Rockets vs Essex Rebels - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

Live stream links will be added as soon as possible


Main image credit - Tara St Clair