17-22 Apr: What’s coming up in the BBL this week?

There are just three weeks left of the regular season with nine more games coming up this week.

This week’s schedule – watch ALL games LIVE over at livebasketball.tv

Wednesday 17 April 2019
(CH) London Lions v Plymouth Raiders, 7:30pm 
(CH) Manchester Giants v DBL Sharks Sheffield, 7:30pm 
Friday 19 April 2019
(CH) Cheshire Phoenix v Manchester Giants, 2pm – BBL YouTube
(CH) Esh Group Eagles Newcastle v Surrey Scorchers, 7:30pm
(CH) DBL Sharks Sheffield v London City Royals, 7:30pm – BBC Sport
(CH) Worcester Wolves v Bristol Flyers, 7:30pm 
Saturday 20 April 2019
(CH) Leicester Riders v Worcester Wolves, 7:30pm – BBL Facebook
(CH) London City Royals v Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks, 7:30pm
Sunday 21 April 2019
(CH) Surrey Scorchers v Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks, 2pm
(CH) Plymouth Raiders v Bristol Flyers, 3pm – BBL YouTube
(CH) Manchester Giants v Leicester Riders, 5pm
Monday 22 April 2019
(CH) London Lions v Cheshire Phoenix, 4pm

LBTV Pick of the Week: Manchester Giants v Leicester Riders
Details: Sunday 21 April, 5pm, George H Carnall Sports Centre, BBL Championship

Manchester become the first team to close out their regular season campaign as they play at home to Leicester. The Giants prevailed in a thrilling victory to back up their impressive win in the Trophy and this game could have huge implications on the fate of the benecos BBL Play-Offs and BBL Championship title.

Last time they met: Giants 75-73 Riders (Championship, March 2019)
Season Head-to-head: Giants 1-1 Riders (2-1 all competitions)

📈 Livestats.


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London Lions v Plymouth Raiders
Details: Wednesday 17 April, 7:30pm, UEL Sports Dock, BBL Championship

The Lions are back at UEL with just two results needed to win the BBL Championship title for the first time. Paul James’ side boosted their top eight hopes with a weekend double last time out that included a win in London and they have three games remaining.

Last time they met: Raiders 67-93 Lions (Championship, March 2019)
Season Head-to-head: Lions 1-1 Raiders

📈 Livestats.

Manchester Giants v DBL Sharks Sheffield
Details: Wednesday 17 April, 7:30pm, George H Carnall Sports Centre, BBL Championship

The Giants complete their schedule this weekend and start by welcoming Sheffield tonight. Manchester are on the outside looking in on the top eight, but have beaten the Sharks twice this season with the visitors looking to take a major step to confirming their spot in the benecos BBL Play-Offs.

Last time they met: Sharks 72-101 Giants (Championship, December 2018)
Season Head-to-head: Giants 2-0 Sharks

📈 Livestats.

Cheshire Phoenix v Manchester Giants
Details: Friday 19 April, 2pm, Cheshire Oaks Arena, BBL Championship

An important North-West derby on Good Friday with both teams still in the hunt for the benecos BBL Play-Offs. The head-to-head is also on the line and could have great significance on the final standings. 

Last time they met: Giants 102-113 Phoenix (Championship, January 2019)
Season Head-to-head: Phoenix 1-1 Giants (1-2 all competitions)

📈 Livestats.

DBL Sharks Sheffield v London City Royals
Details: Friday 19 April, 7:30pm, EIS Sheffield, BBL Championship

LIVE on the BBC Sport website

The Sharks meet the Royals on Friday night with both teams still able to finish in the top four as well as miss out on the post-season. Sheffield were the first side to beat London City on their home court in the league in the last meeting and the head-to-head is also on the line.

Last time they met: Royals 65-72 Sharks (Championship, March 2019)
Season Head-to-head: Sharks 1-1 Royals

📈 Livestats.

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle v Surrey Scorchers
Details: Friday 19 April, 7:30pm, Eagles Community Arena, BBL Championship

The Eagles saw their home win streak end at six games last week, but had another top-3 finish secured. As for the Scorchers, they need to better Worcester’s final four games to stay off the foot of the standings, though they are without a win in their last five games.

Last time they met: Scorchers 89-93 Eagles (Championship, January 2019)
Season Head-to-head: Eagles 2-0 Scorchers

📈 Livestats.

Worcester Wolves v Bristol Flyers
Details: Friday 19 April, 7:30pm, University of Worcester Arena, BBL Championship

Worcester return home for the first time since their historic quadruple overtime victory over Surrey, while the visitors on Friday, Bristol know too well the experience of playing four extra periods. The Flyers only have one road win in 2019 and finish with three of four away from SGS Wise Arena as they look to secure a top eight placing.

Last time they met: Flyers 82-79 Wolves (Championship, November 2018)
Season Head-to-head: Wolves 0-2 Flyers

📈 Livestats.

Leicester Riders v Worcester Wolves
Details: Saturday 20 April, 7:30pm, Morningside Arena, BBL Championship

The Riders have to keep up the pressure on the league-leading Lions with any defeat likely to signal the end of their title defence. Meanwhile, Worcester are aiming for a strong finish to avoid finishing bottom of the standings.

Last time they met: Wolves 80-85 Riders (Championship, March 2019)
Season Head-to-head: Riders 2-0 Wolves

📈 Livestats.

London City Royals v Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks
Details: Saturday 20 April, 7:30pm, Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, BBL Championship

The Royals complete a big double-header against the two teams above them with Glasgow the visitors to Crystal Palace. The Rocks are on the verge of qualifying for the benecos BBL Play-Offs, but could drop below their opponents dependant on results.

Last time they met: Rocks 98-81 Royals (Championship, March 2019)
Season Head-to-head: Royals 1-1 Rocks (3-1 all competitions)

📈 Livestats.

Surrey Scorchers v Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks
Details: Sunday 21 April, 2pm, Surrey Sports Park, BBL Championship

The Rocks complete their weekend double-header on the road by heading to Guildford to face Surrey. Their place in the top eight may already have been confirmed, but seedings will go down to the final weekend with the Scorchers taking on two teams in the top four this weekend.

Last time they met: Rocks 103-76 Scorchers (Championship, November 2018)
Season Head-to-head: Scorchers 0-2 Rocks

📈 Livestats.

Plymouth Raiders v Bristol Flyers
Details: Sunday 21 April, 3pm, Plymouth Pavilions, BBL Championship

The stakes are huge for this South-West derby. The Flyers already have the head-to-head with two wins at home in the league, but Plymouth took victory in both meetings at the Pavilions as they advanced in the Cup and Trophy competitions.

Last time they met: Flyers 95-79 Raiders (Championship, March 2019)
Season Head-to-head: Raiders 0-2 Flyers (2-2 all competitions)

📈 Livestats

London Lions v Cheshire Phoenix
Details: Monday 22 April, 4pm, Copper Box Arena, BBL Championship

If the Lions can win tonight, but see the Riders prevail over the weekend then this could be their chance to clinch the title on home soil. Cheshire have their own battle in chasing the benecos BBL Play-Offs and there could be lots at stake on Easter Monday.

Last time they met: Phoenix 94-101 Lions (Championship, February 2019)
Season head-to-head: Lions 2-0 Phoenix (3-0 all competitions)

📈 Livestats.

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