NBL1 preview: 21/22 October - live streams, stats and more

D1M keeps on coming, with five more games lined up for this weekend.

Four teams, Nottingham, Loughborough, Birmingham and Reading remain unbeaten, though Loughborough and Nottingham are without a game this weekend and will remain unbeaten for a little while longer.

Another four teams are yet to pick up a win, but a pair of them in Worthing and London Elite, have only played one game on the young season.

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 (1-1) vs Worthing Thunder (0-1)

There's a rematch of last season's playoff final on tap this weekend as Worthing travel to Hemel tomorrow evening.

Whilst the team names may be the same, much has changed for both teams since April's game in Manchester that capped off Hemel's undefeated quadruple-winning season.

For the hosts, Taylor Johnson and Aaryn Rai has both departed, as has head coach Drew Spinks. The reigning champs got good production last weekend from the ever-dependable Hakeem Sylla, with the forward collapsing defences to allow Sam Newman, Seth Swalve and others to take aim from range.

That trio combined for 57 of Hemel's 98 points last time out, a 98-82 victory against Newcastle, and will be looking for more of the same here.

Worthing have also had an overhaul, with the likes of David Moya, Ronald Blain, Orlan Jackman, Veron Eze and Andre Arissol all departing.

Hafeez Abdul remains however, and had a team-high 16 points in the opening day loss to Essex.

That amount of turnover makes Worthing a bit of an unknown quantity going into this one, but both teams should still be able to put on a show tomorrow.


Elsewhere this weekend

That leaves four other games to cover tomorrow.

The day starts with Bradford Dragons (0-2) hosting City of Birmingham Rockets (1-0). The Dragons have lost both their games to date by a combined 14 points, suggesting they're not far off the pace, though that will be put to the test against a CoB side who excelled in the KitKing Trophy and also won their opening league game.

London Elite (0-1) are also looking to get off the mark after dropping their opening D1M fixture at home to Newcastle. They welcome Derby Trailblazers (1-1) who are fresh off a win against Essex last weekend.

Speaking of which, the Rebels (1-1) have a chance to bounce back as they entertain winless Barking Abbey (0-2), who have a -52 point difference from their two games to date, extending their struggles from last season's 5-18 record.

That leavesĀ Thames Valley CavaliersĀ (1-1) againstĀ Reading RocketsĀ (1-0) to bring the weekend to a close, with the Rockets taking a jaunt along the M4 to Uxbridge College.

The Rockets' Zach Powell made Rebounds' Team of the Week last time out and will hope to stay hot this weekend, though Igor Stokic (19pts, 11reb) and AJ Roberts (19pts, 6reb, 6ast) both played well in TVC's high-scoring loss to Loughborough and were unlucky to miss out.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 21 October

6:15pm - Bradford Dragons vs City of Birmingham Rockets - LIVE STATS

6:30pm - London Elite vs Derby Trailblazers - LIVE STATS

6:30pm - Essex Rebels vs Barking Abbey - LIVE STATS

7pm - Hemel Storm vs Worthing Thunder - LIVE STATS

7pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers vs Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS