NBL1 preview: 25/26 March 2023 - live streams, stats and more

Just two weekends remain in the regular season, and unbeaten Hemel are just one result away from sealing the D1M title.

Victory away at Team Newcastle this weekend - or a Worthing loss against Solent - will see Storm claim their first D1 regular season crown, though any win across their final three games will be enough to get Coach Spinks' side over the line at this point.

The league's mid-pack is still as congested as ever, meaning the opportunity to move up and down the playoff places still remains with the finish line in sight.

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.

Thames Valley Cavaliers (12-12) vs Loughborough Riders (13-10)

Two teams that looked to be slipping off the pace a month or two ago meet tomorrow as Thames Valley host Loughborough.

Loughborough were in the mix for the top four before tumbling down the standings, and Thames Valley appeared to be in danger of missing the playoffs entirely before both teams put together runs that have transformed their respective seasons.

Thames Valley have now won five in a row, with Loughborough's win streak standing at six, meaning the two sides will clash tomorrow as potentially the most in-form teams in D1M, unbeaten Hemel aside.

With playoff rivals Newcastle featuring a tricky double-header weekend against leaders Hemel and another playoff hopeful in the shape of Bradford Dragons, who are just a win behind Loughborough and tied with TVC on 24 points, a win for either side tomorrow could be big.

Loughborough will still be eying a top four finish if they can keep their pace up the rest of the way, whilst Thames Valley have the potential to be a playoff dark horse if they can get the points needed to sneak into the post-season.


Elsewhere this weekend

Hemel Storm (23-0) can secure the D1M regular-season title tomorrow with a win over Team Newcastle University (11-12), or a defeat for Worthing Thunder (20-3), who host local rivals Team Solent Kestrels (12-11) in the South coast derby late tomorrow.

Derby Trailblazers (17-5) appear locked into the #3 spot, barring anything wild occurring, and coach Shaw's team will try to keep their momentum going ahead of the playoffs with a win against London Lions II (6-18).

The bottom two face off as Manchester Magic (4-19) host Westminster Warriors (2-21), with the North West side potentially confirmed as finishing the bottom two if results don't go their way this weekend.

Sunday begins with Newcastle doubling up as they welcome playoff chasing Bradford Dragons (12-12), before Reading Rockets (14-9) continue their push for the top four with a visit from Essex Rebels (7-17).

The weekend closes with another double-header encounter as Manchester entertain Derby, with both teams knowing that a pair of wins on the weekend could be very handy right now.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 25 March

3pm - Team Newcastle University vs Hemel Storm - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

4pm - London Lions II vs Derby Trailblazers - LIVE STATS

6:30pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers vs Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS

7pm - Manchester Magic vs Westminster Warriors - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

7:30pm - Worthing Thunder vs Team Solent Kestrels - LIVE STATS

Sunday 26 March

3pm - Team Newcastle University vs Bradford Dragons - LIVE STATS

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

7pm - Manchester Magic vs Derby Trailblazers - LIVE STATS


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