NBL1 preview: 17/18 February - live streams, stats and more

There's another six games to enjoy in D1M this week as the regular season heads down to the wire.

Following on from Derby's 99-81 win over Reading last night, 12 of the league's 13 teams are in action this weekend as everyone is scrapping for valuable points.

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.

Reading Rockets (10-5) vs Nottingham Hoods (7-9)

Reading Rockets continue their chase for a top-four spot in Sunday's only contest, hosting Nottingham Hoods.

An unlikely title shot is now all but out of Reading's grasp following last night's loss to Derby, and given the way the season has panned out so far it seems unlikely either the Trailblazers or Essex would drop those kind of points down the stretch anyway.

Instead a home playoff game to start the post-season is perhaps a more attainable goal, with six-loss Newcastle their next closest rival for the fourth spot.

Winners of three of their last five games before last night's contest, Reading enter the weekend in decent form, whereas the same can't be said for their opponents.

One and five across their last six outings, Nottingham have fallen down the standings in 2024, currently residing in the final playoff spot of eighth.

They're still three points above the likes of Worthing and six ahead of Thames Valley and City of Birmingham, but the Midlanders will need an uptick in form sooner rather than later if they're to avoid missing the playoffs for a second straight year.

Nottingham still have one of the league's top scorers in Landon Taliaferro (20.9PPG), whilst he, Johde Campbell and forward Greg Skoric are all in the league's top ten for overall efficiency.

Look for the National Cup finalist Rockets to lean on Mitch Clarke (18.0PPG, 4,8APG), with Zack Powell (11.7PPG), Jermiah Jenkins (11.6PPG) and Lewis Champion (10.9PPG) all chipping in around the Australian guard.


Elsewhere this weekend

Reading vs Nottingham is Sunday's only game, leaving five others tomorrow.

The day begins with a long trip up the country for Barking Abbey (2-15) as they head to Newcastle University (10-6), with the Londoners trying to take advantage of Newcastle losing both their games last weekend to help their survival efforts.

Loughborough Riders (9-7) have also cooled off recently, losing three of their last five. City of Birmingham Rockets (5-11) will hope that works in their favour as they try to keep away from the D1M relegation battle.

KitKing Trophy finalists Bradford Dragons (7-9) are at home to London Elite (3-13), who picked up a big win against fellow strugglers Barking last week. Continuing that momentum will be big for the former D2 side, but it won't be easy against Ronald Blain and co.

Thames Valley Cavaliers (5-11) have the unenviable task of welcoming title-chasing Essex Rebels (13-2) to Uxbridge this weekend, fresh off the back off a big win against City of Birmingham last weekend.

Saturday ends another game for Derby Trailblazers (14-2), who face a long trip down to Worthing Thunder (6-10) after their midweek tilt with Reading.

Thunder won last time out thanks to a solid performance from Rebound Team of the Week pick Daniel Johnson-Thompson, and the Worthing forward will be hoping to keep that form going against Player of the Week nod Malcolm Smith.

Bonus NBL Live content

The NBL Live cameras are back out this weekend, heading down to the South for a D2 clash at the top of the South Conference between Team Solent Kestrels and Endeavour Ipswich Basketball.

The former D1 winners have been lighting it up since their club restructure last summer, withdrawing their D1 programme and instead focusing their efforts on their D2 side. That approach has clearly paid off in the early going, with the Kestrels sitting at the top of the standings with a 16-0 record.

Endeavour Ipswich Basketball head into tomorrow's clash at 7-10, good for sixth spot, but face an uphill task to get anything from what will no doubt be a tough road game.

The action gets underway from 6pm, and you can watch it all below.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 17 February

2pm - Newcastle University vs Barking Abbey - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

6pm - Loughborough Riders vs City of Birmingham Rockets - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

6:15pm - Bradford Dragons vs London Elite - LIVE STATS

7pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers vs Essex Rebels - LIVE STATS

7:30pm - Worthing Thunder vs Derby Trailblazers - LIVE STATS

Sunday 18 February

4pm - Reading Rockets vs Nottingham Hoods - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM