Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Panathinaikos Athens
· Panathinaikos holds a 14-7 advantage in games against Efe since the turn of the century and has won last three. Last season Panathinaikos won an 81-82 thriller when the teams met in Istanbul in Round 8. Nick Calathes was the hero with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists; he was MVP of the round with a PIR of 42.
· Efes set its EuroLeague club record this century with 33 made free throws against Panathinaikos in April 2005.
· Panathinaikos recorded 51 total rebounds, the most in EuroLeague play this century, against Efes in March 2014.
· Panathinaikos beat Efes 81-71 in the 2000 EuroLeague semifinals, and 74-66 in the 2001 FIBA SuproLeague semifinals.
· Panathinaikos ousted Efes by the score 2-1 in best-of-three EuroLeague playoffs series in 2005.
· DeShaun Thomas played for Efes in the 2016-17 season. He was a teammate there of Dogus Balbay and Bryant Dunston.
· Stephame Lasme played for Efes during the 2014-15 season. He was a teammate there of Dogus Balbay and Birkan Batuk.
· Lasme played under current Efes head coach Ergin Ataman at Galatasaray Istanbul during the 2015-16 season. They won the 7DAYS EuroCup title together.
· Lasme posted his career high in index rating with 25 playing for Partizan Belgrade against Efes in October 2008. Lasme set his career-highs with 14 total rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds.
· Efes big man Bryant Dunston was a teammate of Ioannis Papapetrou and Matt Lojeski at Olympiacos Piraeus from 2013 to 2015.
· Efes big man Tibor Pleiss and forward DeShaun Thomas played under current Panathinaikos head coach Xavi Pascual at FC Barcelona Lassa in 2014-15 season.
· Panathinaikos forward James Gist played with Efes guard Krunoslav Simon at Unicaja Malaga for the first part of the 2012-13 season.
· Matt Lojeski of Panathinaikos and Bryant Dunston of Efes were teammates at Olympiacos Piraeus for two seasons, from 2013 to 2015.
· Efes forward Brock Motum was a teammate of Panathinaikos guard Lukas Lekavicius at Zalgiris Kaunas for two seasons, from 2015 to 2017. Motum was also a teammate of Panathinaikos center Ian Voigoukas at Zalgiris for the 2015-16 campaign.
· Panathinaikos forward James Gist matched his career in rebounds with 11 in 91-83 overtime loss against Efes in November 2016.
· Matt Lojeski set his career high in assists with 6, playing for Olympiacos Piraeus against Efes in March 2015.
· Panathinaikos guard Keith Langford matched his career high in assists with 9, playing for UNICS Kazan against Efes in November 2016.
· Ioannis Papapetrou set his career high with 17 points playing for Olympiacos Piraeus against Efes in March of last season.