It’s an early season repeat of last season's third place game, which CSKA won to continue its trend of dominance over Los Blancos; the Russian champs have now won four of their last five games against Madrid.
CSKA and Madrid faced each other for the first time in the 1963 European Cup final. It was a two-game series; Madrid won Game 1 at home 86-69, but CSKA downed Los Blancos by the same margin, 91-74, in Moscow. The teams had to play a tie-breaking Game 3 in Moscow, which CSKA won 99-80.
CSKA and Madrid made it to the European Cup final in 1965. It was a two-game series and CSKA won the opener 88-81. Madrid recorded a 14-point win at home to win its second continental crown on point difference.
In the longest single-game European Cup final, CSKA and Madrid had to battle for 50 minutes in the 1969 championship game. Vladimir Andreev had 37 points in helping CSKA beat Madrid in double overtime, 103-99, in Barcelona.
CSKA guard Sergio Rodriguez played for Madrid from 2010 to 2016 and in those six seasons he was named 2014 EuroLeague MVP and helped the team make four Final Four appearances and win the 2015 title. He was a teammate of current Madrid players Sergio Llull and Felipe Reyes for his entire time there, played five seasons under Coach Pablo Laso and was a teammate for five seasons with Rudy Fernandez and Jaycee Carroll. Rodriguez also played alongside Facundo Campazzo, Jonas Maciulis, Gustavo Ayon, Luka Doncic, Trey Thompkins and Jeffrey Taylor during his years in Madrid.
CSKA big man Othello Hunter played for Real Madrid last season and helped the team compile the best regular season record and reach the Final Four.
CSKA forward Semen Antonov and Madrid’s Trey Thompkins were teammates at Nizhny Novgorod when the club made its EuroLeague debut in 2014-15.
Big men Nikita Kurbanov of CSKA and Anthony Randolph of Real Madrid were teammates at Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar during the 2014-15 season.
Rudy Fernandez set a career-high with 28 points against CSKA on March 20, 2014. He earned MVP honors for Round 11 of the Top 16 with that effort.
Rudy Fernandez collected a career-best 13 rebounds against CSKA on January 31, 2013. He was also named MVP for Round 6 of the 2012-13 Top 16 following that performance.
Madrid forward Jonas Maciulis tied his career-high with 5 steals against CSKA on April 16, 2014, when he played for Panathinaikos.