NBL1 preview: 21 January 2023 - live streams, stats and more

With Sunday's NBL National Cup final nearly upon us, D1M takes a backseat this weekend.

Just four league games are scheduled for the weekend, all taking place tomorrow, before attention turns to Manchester's National Basketball Performance Centre and a clash between Hemel and Derby.

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.

Worthing Thunder (11-2) vs Loughborough Riders (7-6)

Second-place Worthing will aim to go top of the D1M standings tomorrow as they host Loughborough.

Currently tied on 22 points with Hemel, who are without a league game due to their involvement in Sunday's National Cup final, Thunder can move two points clear if they can dispatch the Riders.

The South Coast side have only lost once on their own court all season, a thrilling 100-95 defeat against Hemel back in early December, but the Riders are a solid 4-2 on the road this season.

That said, when these teams met in the Midlands last October it was a mismatch, with Worthing running out to a sizable 116-69 victory thanks to 24 points from current Rebound Team of the Week selection David Moya.

The Riders have been a different team since that point, turning around their 0-3 start to the season with a 7-1 run that saw Coach Maynard's side quickly rise up the D1M standings.

Loughborough will try to keep that resurgence going and bounce back from recent losses to Nottingham and Thames Valley, but Worthing will no doubt be motivated to claim a pair of points that will see them atop D1M once again.


Elsewhere this weekend

That leaves three other games tomorrow, starting with Team Solent Kestrels (5-7) hosting Westminster Warriors (2-10).

The Kestrels are one of the form teams in the division and have quietly moved into the playoff places following a run of four wins in their last five games. That could spell trouble for a Warriors team still propping up the standings as the calendar moves towards the end of January.

In North Yorkshire, Bradford Dragons (5-7) entertain Team Newcastle University (5-7).

The North East side are in the midst of a four-game road stand that started with a pair of losses on the South Coast to Worthing and Solent last weekend.

If Coach Elderkin's side can improve their fortunes against the Dragons remains to be seen, especially with D1M's top scorer Jordan Whelan (25.4PPG) coming off another strong performance last time out.

Reading Rockets' (6-6) trip to Nottingham Hoods (7-6) is the only other game tomorrow, providing plenty of intrigue between a pair of sides who are closely matched in the standings.

D1M's mid table is incredibly congested at the moment with just four points separating the Hoods in fourth from Thames Valley in eleventh. That's making for some highly competitive battles between a number of evenly matched sides, and both the Rockets and Hoods will be going all out for a win in this one.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 21 January

6pm - Team Solent Kestrels vs Westminster Warriors - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

6:15pm - Bradford Dragons vs Team Newcastle University - LIVE STATS

6:30pm - Nottingham Hoods vs Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS

7:30pm - Worthing Thunder vs Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS


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