This meeting between Valencia and Efes will be their first in nearly seven years, and only their fifth ever. The previous four have all been won by the home team.
Valencia scored its most points in a EuroLeague game with 107 against Efes Pilsen on February 18, 2004.
Valencia set a club record for rebounds in a EuroLeague game with 44 against Efes Pilsen Istanbul on December 2, 2010.
Efes guard Errick McCollum and Valencia center Tibor Pleiss were teammates at Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul in the second part of last season.
Efes head coach Velimir Perasovic coached Valencia Basket for almost full four seasons, from 2011 to 2015, and guided the team to the 2014 EuroCup title. During his four-year stint there Perasovic coached four current Valencia players: Rafa Martinez, Bojan Dubljevic, Sam Van Rossom and Guillem Vives.
Newly signed Efes forward Justin Doellman played in Valencia from 2012 to 2014. He helped the team win the 2014 EuroCup title and was named 2014 EuroCup Finals MVP. During those two years Doellman was a teammate of three current Valencia players: Rafa Martinez, Bojan Dubljevic, and Sam Van Rossom.